Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UNF Dean to Resign; Teaching Next; Education Leader Kasten Misses Classroom, Research Opportunities

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UNF Dean to Resign; Teaching Next; Education Leader Kasten Misses Classroom, Research Opportunities

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Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union

Katherine Kasten, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida, announced Tuesday she will step down from the position next summer to return to teaching.

Kasten will resign her post in August, take a semester-long sabbatical, and resume teaching and research duties.

"No one ever hopes to be a dean forever. It's not that kind of job," Kasten said. "Most deans come from the faculty. They went into this career because they love to teach and they love to research. I have been excited and willing and thrilled to be dean, but it's not what I want to do forever."

A nationwide search for Kasten's successor will begin immediately.

UNF President John Delaney called Kasten "a great dean." He said her successor will face the challenge of motivating more students to become teachers. Florida faced a shortage of thousands of teachers for the current school year.

Kasten timed her resignation so she will step down after overseeing the college's re-accreditation process this spring, a joint review by the Florida Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. …

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