Winona State University announces the appointment of Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman to the position of Dean of the College of Education.
Portman most recently served as the Administrator/Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Education and Culturally Competent Practice (2011-2014) and as Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Iowa (2005-2014). Prior to these appointments, Portman served as the Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of Graduate Inclusion (2008-2013) at the University of Iowa and held the rank of Assistant Professor from 1999-2005. In addition, Portman is the Owner/Therapist of Riverside Counseling Services, PLLC (2012-present); and served as President of Seven Feathers, Inc. (2005-2007); National Holmes Scholar (1997-1999); National Indian Fellow for the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. (1995-1997); Comprehensive School Counselor-Secondary for Neosho R-V Schools in Missouri (1992-1995); Mental Health Counselor for Heartland Hospital (1992-1994); and Comprehensive School Counselor and school teacher for various schools in Missouri (1981-1992).
Patricia L. Rogers, provost and vice president for academic affairs at WSU, said she is excited for Portman to join the university community.
“Dr. Portman is a visionary, dedicated and compassionate individual who will make critical connections in the communities we serve and those we hope to serve in the near future,” said Rogers. “She brings a deep understanding of teacher education, mental health counseling, multicultural education and educational leadership that will take us to the high level of excellence our faculty have in mind for ‘The (New) Winona Model’ of educating the next generations of teachers.”
Portman received her B.S.Ed. (Education, Art [K-12], Elem. [K-8]) and MA.Ed. (Guidance & Counseling [K-12]) from Southeast Missouri State University and her Ph.D. (Counselor Education and Supervision) from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
“I am thrilled to be joining the College of Education at Winona State University. The insight, passion and innovation of the faculty, staff and community partners attracted me to this position. I look forward to becoming a part of an academic community transforming education,” Portman said.
Portman will assume the position of dean July 1.