Dean of GSE:
Judith Rodin and Provost Robert Barchi have announced the appointment
of Dr. Stanton E. F. Wortham, associate professor of education
and chair of the Educational Leadership Division in the Graduate
School of Education, as Acting Dean of the School for the fall,
2002 semester. He will serve in this capacity while Dean Susan
Fuhrman is on a scholarly leave of absence.
Dr. Wortham, who came to Penn in 1998 from Bates College, is a
member of the Graduate Groups in Education, Anthropology, and
Folklore and Folklife, and a member of the Associated Faculty
of the Annenberg School for Communication.
have every confidence that Professor Wortham will continue the
excellent work of Dean Fuhrman and help to advance the Graduate
School of Education further into the top echelon of graduate programs
during this interim period," said President Rodin. " I am very
pleased that Professor Wortham has agreed to serve; he will do
an excellent job as Acting Dean," said Provost Robert Barchi.
"An outstanding scholar and teacher, he has also shown exceptional
leadership in the last year and a half as Chair of GSE's Educational
Leadership Division," Dr. Barchi added.
Wortham's research applies the techniques of linguistic anthropology
to uncover social positioning in classroom discourse. He has compiled
an extraordinary record of research and publication that deepens
understandings of language use and how it comes to bear on social
positioning and identity formation. His research on "verbal interactional
positioning" has earned him a reputation as one of the premier
young scholars in the field. He teaches courses in education,
culture and society; ethnographic and qualitative methods; and
the linguistic anthropology of education.
Wortham is a Swarthmore College alumnus who earned his Ph.D. from
the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago
in 1992. As a graduate student he was a University of Chicago
Century Fellow and later was named a National Graduate (Javits)
Fellow and a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. While at
Bates College, he was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer
Postdoctoral Fellowship and was a recipient of the Maine Campus
Compact Faculty Service-Learning Award. Last year Dr. Wortham
received the Cattell Early Career Award for Programmatic Research
by the American Educational Research Association. The author of
two books and numerous articles, book chapters and reviews,
he currently serves as book review editor of Theory & Psychology
and Linguistics & Education, and is a member of the
editorial board for the Journal of Latinos and Education.
her sabbatical, Dean Fuhrman will be involved in fieldwork that
studies high school responses to accountability pressures and
the use of instructional assistance in six states. She will continue
to chair the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy
Research in Education and will be involved at the Penn-Assisted
School and in other GSE and Penn education initiatives in the