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Meet the School of Education's Dean

Dr. Thomas Cornell, Interim Dean

Thomas Cornell

Interim Dean, EdD
Associate Professor


Thomas Cornell has lead the School of Education as its interim dean since January, 2018. Tom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Leadership. He also serves as the program coordinator for the MA in Communication Arts and the MA in Multimodal Literacy for Global Impact. He has extensive experience in K-12 education having worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, Title I Director, and Communication Arts/Library Media Services Curriculum Coordinator before coming to Webster University. He serves as a consultant for assisting with the writing of curriculum for schools and also has received numerous grants in the area of literacy. He has presented at numerous regional and international conferences on the topics of reading, writing, comprehension strategies, and student engagement. Currently, Tom serves as a Board of Examiner with the Council for the Association of Educator Preparation. He also serves as an IRB Board member for the university and was selected to serve on the Military Affairs Task Force. He is a past graduate of the Global Leadership Academy at Webster University as well. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Suburban Council of the International Reading Association and is a past president of the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association.