Melba Spooner, Ed.D, has been appointed the newest dean of the Reich College of Education. She made the move to Boone from Charlotte, NC where she has spent her higher education career at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
At UNC-Charlotte, Dr. Spooner served as a faculty member as well as other various roles in the College of Education including assistant dean; chair of the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education; and associate dean. Most recently she served as senior associate dean. She started her career in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a classroom teacher and assistant principal.
Dr. Spooner earned her Ed.D. in curriculum and teaching from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education from UNC-Charlotte. She also holds a Management Development Program Certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
A nationwide leader in professional education accreditation efforts, Dr. Spooner has served in leadership capacities at the national and state levels on issues related to accreditation and policy. At UNC-Charlotte she directed key initiatives that have strengthened the quality of teacher preparation and enhanced the college’s reputation, including development of a new Office of Assessment and Accreditation and leadership in the areas of field experiences, educational outreach, and advising, licensure and recruitment.
Areas of professional interest and research include university-school partnerships, specifically related to Professional Development Schools and networks that support teacher development and enhance program quality. She received the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award from the UNC-Charlotte Alumni Association.
We are excited for Dr. Spooner to lead the College of Education in its mission to prepare graduates for leadership and outstanding services to the public in the fields of education and human services.