New dean to direct new UMF master’s program

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FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington President Theodora J. Kalikow is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Philip A. Griswold as the university’s new assistant dean of the UMF College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation.

In this newly-created position, Griswold will teach, implement and direct the university’s new Master of Science in Education degree program created to develop outstanding educational leaders to meet the needs of western and central Maine.

Philip A. Griswold

“We are thrilled to have Philip Griswold at the head of UMF’s new master’s program in education and welcome him to the University community,” said Kalikow. “He brings a commitment to teaching excellence that will enrich the master’s program and enhance the way that teachers approach educational issues.”
With more than 25 years of teaching experience, Griswold comes to UMF from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania where he served as an associate professor of professional and secondary education. “I am honored to be a part of this landmark graduate study program at UMF,” said Griswold. “UMF has a long history of dedication to the teachers of Maine, and this program will continue that commitment by giving them a great opportunity for a quality graduate education.”
Included among Griswold’

s many credentials are a strong focus on research and analysis, comprehensive teaching and administrative experience, and dedication to providing the highest quality educational experience for every student. His rich history of academic experience includes positions at state and private institutions in Ohio, Oregon, Montana and New Jersey, with students from high school to doctoral studies programs.

During his career, Griswold has held many positions of leadership including, program manager for national evaluation of effective compensatory education, chair of a university-wide curriculum committee during NCATE accreditation, and a supervisory position of school district management services staff and budget. He has spent 10 years at Ashland University, in Ohio, involved with institutional improvement, outcomes assessment and retention; and the last six years at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania focusing on school/university partnerships.

Griswold also served as the editor of American Secondary Education, a national peer reviewed journal. He received both a D.Ed. and M.Ed. in educational psychology at Rutgers University, New Jersey; his M.S. at University of Vermont; and his B.S. at Cornell University, New York.

Developed by a partnership of UMF faculty and local educational experts, the UMF master’s program is available for elementary, middle and secondary, early childhood and special education teachers who are interested in becoming leaders in their profession. “This partnership of UMF and regional school districts is the future of education in the 21st Century,” said Griswold. “It will help provide local teachers with the educational expertise they need as they look to the future to give our children the best education possible.”
The 36-credit graduate program, developed for teachers with two years of experience, is structured to be completed over the course of three academic years, including summers. It is based on a cohort model where participants move through the program as a cohesive unit to encourage the development of supportive colleagues who remain collaborators after the program is completed. The program recently received initial approval by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the nation’

s oldest regional accrediting association for all levels of education.

More information on the UMF Master of Science in Education program can be found at, or by contacting Philip Griswold, UMF assistant dean of the College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation at 207-778-7066, or

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