PORTLAND, Ore. – May 31, 2023 – Portland State University (PSU) is pleased to announce Dr. Tina Peterman as the new Interim Dean of the College of Education. She was previously the school’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Her new post as Interim Dean of PSU’s College of Education will begin on July 1, 2023.
“I am honored and excited to be the Interim Dean of the College of Education,” says Dr. Peterman. “Given the challenges schools are experiencing, I see the deanship as an opportunity to partner with our faculty and staff to lead responsive and positive change in our community, particularly for those who are historically underserved in our education systems. I look forward to collaborating with the faculty and staff to continue making the COE a safe and welcoming place for diverse learners, and to develop teachers, counselors, and leaders.”
Dr. Peterman, a Professor in the College of Education, completed her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology in 2003 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been in higher education at public institutions for 18 years, and in academic leadership positions for the past seven years. She began her career as an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Washington State University, and moved to PSU where she received tenure and was the Counselor Education Department Chair for two years and Associate Dean since 2017.
She is active within her professional discipline as a clinical rehabilitation counselor and a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Oregon, and has worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, mental health counselor, and career counselor. In her private practice she provides clinical supervision to counselors through the licensing board. She is also the past Chair of the National Career Development Association Credentialing Commission and served a term on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.
Her academic scholarship focuses on career development for youth with disabilities, leading to numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and invited articles in internationally distributed publications. She has received more than $5 million dollars in grants from the U.S. Department of Education and is the Principle Investigator on the US Prep Project, which aims to transform university-based teacher preparation. In addition, she served on the editorial board of the Career Development Quarterly since 2012.
Dr. Peterman was awarded a prestigious national ACE Fellowship for the 2022-23 academic year. As an ACE Fellow, she worked in the Chancellor’s Office at the University of Washington Tacoma, focused on student success and retention, budgeting and fiscal management, enrollment management, university fundraising and philanthropy.
Dr. Amanda Sugimoto, presently the Interim Associate Dean, will become the permanent Associate Dean of the College of Education.
“I am especially looking forward to working with Amanda Sugimoto, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,” says Dr. Peterman. “This past year, she graciously stepped in and served as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education, doing an extraordinary job. Under her prior stewardship as Accreditation Director, and then as Interim AD, the COE recently received seven years of AAQEP accreditation. I look forward to leading together again in the Dean’s office,” Dr. Peterman added.