Veteran educator joins Johnson State College faculty

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Wed, 08/12/2009 - 7:07am -- admin

Dr. David McGough, an educator with 25 years experience in secondary and postsecondary education, has joined the faculty of Johnson State College. He begins the fall semester as an associate professor in the department of education, where he will teach 
Educational Psychology, Education Research, and Adolescent Development.
A resident of Plainfield, N.H., he most recently taught in a large teacher education division of a private college in upstate New York, Nazareth College of Rochester. He was chair of the Department of Social and Psychological Foundations of Education there.
“I’m looking forward to continuing with the work of teacher education in a smaller division with more opportunities for cross-disciplinary instruction,” he says, “and for becoming more directly involved with students.”
Dan Regan, dean of academic affairs at Johnson State, says the faculty search committee was most impressed with McGough’s broad background in secondary education, which is where many of the educational challenges and opportunities are in Vermont.
“David has a long and strong track record of working collaboratively with secondary schools,” Regan says. “He also has a strong record of successful work with teacher candidates.”
McGough says he is particularly excited about an initiative within the Vermont Department of Education, to partner with secondary schools around the region to develop school-based learning opportunities.
During the past two decades, McGough has presented widely at conferences and workshops around the United States, focusing on issues around school leadership, education in urban settings, and student retention through college graduation.
Before his work at Nazareth College of Rochester, he was a lecturer and instructor at SUNY Cortland in Courtland, N.Y., Tompkins-Cortland Community College in Dryden, N.Y., Antioch University in Seattle, Wash., and Centralia College in Centralia, Wash. He also taught high school math and computer science at Morris Knolls High School in Denville, N.J.
He holds a doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., a master’s degree in teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa.