James Laney to serve as chair of Teacher Education and Administration

LaneyThe College of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. James ("Jim") Duke Laney has been named chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Administration.

"Jim Laney has a long history of service to the department," said Dr. Jerry Thomas, dean of the college. "He directed the Office of Teacher Education, graduated many successful PhD students and has published a number of important papers."

Laney's research interests include generative teaching-learning theory, general social studies education, economic education, aging education and arts integration. With this new role, Laney carries on a family tradition of leadership and service to UNT. He is the grandson of former UNT President James Carl Matthews, who was also the first dean of the School of Education and namesake of Matthews Hall.

He previously served as professor and the Director of the Office of Teacher Preparation in the Teacher Education and Administration Department. Laney earned his BS and MEd in Elementary Education from UNT and his EdD from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a major in Learning and Instruction and a minor in Curriculum and the Study of Schooling.

"I love the Department of Teacher Education & Administration, and I strongly respect its faculty members," said Laney. "By establishing a departmental community built on trust and mutual respect, we create an environment that makes it possible to achieve our ultimate goal - the preparation of outstanding teachers and leaders in education who can have a positive impact on schooling and student achievement in our state and beyond."