Southeastern appoints Calderon as College of Education dean
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – An educator with more than 11 years of college leadership experience, Paula
Summers Calderon, has been appointed dean of the College of Education at Southeastern
Calderon, of Baton Rouge, most recently served as assistant and associate director of the LSU School of Education. Her appointment was approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
“We are fortunate to have an individual with Dr. Calderon’s qualifications, experience and skills assume the position of dean of the college,” said Tena L. Golding, Southeastern interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Dr. Calderon’s wealth of experience – as a high school and college teacher and administrator of several academic programs – makes her an ideal candidate to lead Southeastern’s highly respected College of Education.”
In her administrative positions at LSU, Calderon was responsible for accountability reporting, including program assessments for major accrediting agencies, such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Education of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Calderon was appointed the LSU college’s coordinator of assessment and accountability in 2006, assumed the assistant director position in 2013, and has served as associate director for the past year. She joined LSU in 1999 as a student teaching supervisor and served as program coordinator for world language education and undergraduate secondary teacher education. For eight years prior, she taught French at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge.
She is a graduate of LSU, with doctorate and master of arts degrees in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s degree in secondary French education. She is a member of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), the NCATE Board of Examiners and serves as a site visitor for CAEP. A member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, she also sings with the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus.