Dr. Maureen Gillette
Maureen Gillette is Dean of the College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago. After thirteen years as a classroom teacher, she began her career as a teacher educator at The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY where she was Chair of the Department of Teacher Education. She has worked as a teacher educator and researcher at William Paterson University in NJ (WPUNJ), where she was Associate Dean of the College of Education. Dr. Gillette is co-author (with Carl A. Grant) of Learning to Teach Everyone’s Children: Equity, Empowerment, and Education that is Multicultural. For the past thirteen years, Dr. Gillette has been engaged in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs that recruit, prepare, and graduate first-generation, community-based teacher candidates for “hard-to-staff” urban schools. At WPUNJ, she developed Paterson Teachers for Tomorrow and at NEIU she leads the Grow Your Own Teachers program. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.