“We’re thrilled to have a scholar and leader of such preeminent quality as Scott Fletcher joining the Lewis & Clark family,” said Lewis & Clark President Thomas J. Hochstettler. “I look forward to many years of fruitful collaboration, furthering the mission of the Graduate School and serving the city of Portland and the whole Pacific Northwest.”
Lewis & Clark conducted a national search for the dean, led by a committee comprising faculty from the graduate school, Provost and Acting Dean Jane Atkinson, and members of the Board of Trustees. The committee recommended Fletcher for his distinguished career as a teacher and scholar, as well as his expertise in leadership initiatives.
Fletcher received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Ripon College, his master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his doctorate in the social foundations of education from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
“I am so pleased to join this vibrant community of scholars and educators, with their deep commitment to civic engagement and community outreach,” said Fletcher. “The Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark offers unparalleled opportunities to prepare the kind of thoughtful, creative, and passionate professionals who will shape the future in profound ways.”
Fletcher has presented widely in the fields of curriculum theory, the philosophy of education, environmental engagement, and democratic education. His book “Education and Emancipation: Theory and Practice in a New Constellation” (2000) won the American Educational Studies Association Critics Award in 2001.
In addition to his background in higher education, Fletcher also brings extensive service experience within local and state educational communities. He has served as Michigan’s state coordinator for the Coalition of Essential Schools, co-founded the Mid-Michigan Education Coalition, a statewide non-profit educational reform center, and advised teachers and policymakers throughout the Northeast.