About the Dean

ensenada 068Before becoming the Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Chandra Foote was a professor in the Department of Early Childhood/Childhood Education at NU. Since coming to NU in 1996, Dr. Foote has also held the positions of Department Chair, NCATE Coordinator, EdTPA Coordinator, and Associate Dean of the College of Education.

Dr. Foote is an educational psychologist with a focus on learning, motivation, and assessment and is also a certified elementary teacher in New York State with administrative experience in head start programming. Dr. Foote holds two bachelor’s degrees from Syracuse University—one in Elementary Education, and the other in Psychology. At Syracuse, she also earned a master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Educational Psychology and Special Education before also earning a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Dr. Foote is interested in inclusive special education and has published articles exploring this subject in the International Journal of Special Education and American National Biography. She is also interested in improving teaching practice and assessment in higher education. With colleagues, she has published recently on this topic in The Journal of Effective Teaching and Language Assessment Quarterly. In fact, Dr. Foote has published 21 articles in peer-reviewed journals,co-authored one book, and contributed chapters for six other books. She has also received 10 externally funded grants, 8 international funded grants, and given over 60 conference presentations.

At Niagara, Dr. Foote has been instrumental in the implementation of new certification tests and has served as the site field test coordinator for the national Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). As students will verify, Dr. Foote is the “resident expert” on NYS Teacher Certification exams and the Chalk and Wire ePortfolio system—an electronic portfolio platform used to showcase student work and accomplishments—that undergraduate and graduate students use throughout their programs.

In addition to her dedication to the department and the College of Education, Dr. Foote is committed to university and community service. She has served on 18 college committees, 15 university committees, and held positions in nine various organizations at the national, state and local levels. Locally, Dr. Foote is on the advisory board for Mount St. Mary’s Childcare Center and served on the Summer Games Organizing Committee for Special Olympics New York.

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