Being Intentional: Charting Your Career Path in Higher Education
The Lander Center for Educational Research welcomed its fifth cohort of the Holmes Scholars on October 10. Join us for the Fall 2023 Holmes Scholars Forum!
Dr. Wolfinger began his tenure as Dean of The School of Education, St. John's University on June 1, 2022. Prior to coming to St. John’s, he served as Dean of the College of Education at Illinois State University, a position he held since 2019. Prior to joining Illinois State University, Dr. Wolfinger served as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Programs in the College of Education at DePaul University from 2012 to 2019. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Wolfinger also served in multiple director roles and was an Associate Chair in the Department of Teacher Education.
In his role as Dean at Illinois State University, Dr. Wolfinger oversaw the fifth largest college of education in the United States, with more than 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students and 420 faculty, administrators, and staff. He brings a long track record of outstanding leadership skills to The School of Education in many critical areas, including student enrollment, planning and operations, budget management, strategic planning, extramural funding, fund-raising, and community outreach and relationship building—all grounded in a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Dr. Wolfinger earned his B.S. in Social Science Education from Auburn University, his M.A. in History from the University of Georgia, his Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University, and his teaching certification from the Georgia Department of Education. As a faculty member, he has extensive teaching and scholarly experience, including publishing three books, 21 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and 20 book reviews, in addition to presenting 55 conference papers and giving 28 invited seminars.