Richard L. Schwab
Dr. Richard L. Schwab is a recognized leader and researcher in the field of teacher preparation and education reform. His experience in education has spanned four decades, beginning with a job in Chelmsford, Mass. as an eighth-grade history teacher. He went on to earn both a master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Administration at UConn, before spending 10 years on the education faculty at the University of New Hampshire. He spent the next eight years at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he served three years as head of its Department of Educational Administration, and then five years as Dean of the School of Education. In 1997, he returned to his alma mater to serve as Dean of the Neag School of Education. Dean Schwab served 12 years from 1997 to 2009 before returning to the faculty as a Raymond Neag Endowed Professor of Educational Leadership. In July 2014, he returned as Dean to lead the Neag School in implementing the University of Connecticut’s new academic plan. In June 2016 he became Dean Emeritus. With his return, Dean Schwab became the longest-serving Dean in the history of the Neag School of Education and the only UConn alum to hold that position.
Schwab’s commitment to education reaches the national, regional, and international levels. He is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) and has chaired several important AACTE committees including the Annual Meeting Program Committee and Research and Information Committee. He has taught in AACTE’s New Deans Institute and is past president of AACTE’s Connecticut chapter. He is past president of the Council of Academic Deans for Research Education Institutions and has held leadership positions in numerous state and regional education organizations. He has served as president and held several other offices of the Northeastern Educational Research Association. Internationally, he has served on the Quality Assurance Team for Teacher Education in the state of Qatar and worked with universities in the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Ireland, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia on educational reform issues.