Christopher C. Morphew, a collaborative and entrepreneurial leader who has served as dean of Johns Hopkins University's School of Education since 2017, has been appointed to a second term as the school's dean.
In a message to the Hopkins community today, JHU President Ron Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar praised Morphew for his work to advance institutional goals, expand cross-divisional partnerships, and enhance resources for the school's faculty, staff, and students over the past four and a half years. His appointment will run through June 30, 2027.
"Chris is an outstanding colleague, and we know he is the right person to lead the School of Education for years to come," Daniels and Kumar wrote.
Under Morphew's leadership, the School of Education has:
- Hired more than 20 new faculty members and secured its first endowed professorship
- Launched two new master's degree programs
- Appointed the school's first chief diversity officer
- Created key resources to support faculty, including the Office of Diversity and Faculty Development and the Office of Innovative Learning, Design, and Assessment
- Launched the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, which draws on the recommendations and expertise of faculty from across the university to address issues of student well-being, safety, and learning success
- Worked closely with the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Berman Institute of Bioethics to launch the eSchool+ Initiative, which has helped K-12 schools support students during the COVID-19 pandemic and provided them with guidance on how to re-open safely and equitably
Morphew has also taken steps to increase faculty governance at the school and worked closely with the faculty senate to formalize processes for faculty appointments, evaluation, and workload policies. And he has been a champion for Baltimore City schools and its students—he brought new leadership to the Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore, recently recognized as one of Baltimore City's best schools by U.S. News and World Report, and he has contributed to the success of the Vision for Baltimore program that provides eye exams and vision services to elementary and middle school students throughout the city.
"We are deeply appreciative of Chris' steadfast commitment to the Baltimore community through his work with our partnership schools, training educators and counselors who serve our city, and being a champion for equity and social justice," Daniels and Kumar wrote.
During his second term as dean, Morphew will aim to continue to build on the school's momentum and its strengths as a global research leader and community partner, Daniels and Kumar added. Key goals for the next five years include:
- Developing an inclusive and actionable strategic plan to better support students, faculty, and staff
- Advancing faculty excellence
- Building and enhancing partnerships with the school's research centers and institutes
- Continuing to increase communication and transparency across the school
- Expanding the school's strong community presence
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