Interim Dean of the College of Education Appointment

Dr. Andy Saultz has been appointed interim dean of the Pacific University College of Education starting July 1, 2023.

Dr. Saultz will take on this role when Dean Leif Gustavson leaves Pacific University to pursue a new position as Head of School at the Marylhurst School in Oregon City.

Dr. Saultz was hired in 2018 as the inaugural director of the PhD in Education and Leadership (PhDEL) program at Pacific University. Before coming to Pacific, Dr. Saultz was an assistant professor of education policy at Miami University in Ohio.

During his time at Pacific, he has worked with faculty and staff to more than quadruple enrollment in the PhDEL program while ensuring that equity is at the center of policy and practice. Dr. Saultz is proud that the PhDEL program has a majority of faculty, staff and students of color and is built on a foundation of radical inclusion.

“I am honored to be able to serve the students, staff and faculty in this capacity,” Dr. Saultz said. “Education is central to building a more equitable world, and I am humbled to work with such an amazing group of people.”

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oregon State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College, and a PhD in Educational Policy from Michigan State University.

With Dr. Saultz’ transition to dean, Dr. Talina Corvus will become the acting director of the PhD in Education and Leadership program. Dr. Corvus earned a BA in Physiology from the University of Washington and went on to earn a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy and PhD in Education and Leadership from Pacific. Dr. Corvus’s work has focused specifically on admissions practices, minority student support in graduate health education, and enacting diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in health and education. 

“Dr. Saultz has shown outstanding leadership in his role as director of the innovative PhD in Education and Leadership program and has proven himself to be a genuinely collaborative colleague,” said Provost Ann Barr-Gillespie. “I am very excited to have him represent the College of Education on the Provost’s Council. While he will be missed as the director of the PhD in Education and Leadership program, Dr. Talina Corvus is an excellent choice to step in as acting director. Pacific is fortunate to have two such dedicated leaders during this transition period.”

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022