College of Professional Studies

Chair’s Welcome

I’m so glad you’re here, finding out about the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Education!  Whether you are a prospective student taking a first step in exploring a possible vocation in teaching, education, or counseling; a professional looking to up your game with a master’s degree, a current student looking for a professor’s email address, or a proud graduate, checking to see what’s new on the old Mastodon stomping grounds—welcome!

 Here in the College of Professional Studies, we have something like a mantra, a short phrase that guides us in our day-to-day work: Do public good.  All of our programs in the college prepare students for careers of service to society.  I personally believe that education and counseling are the most important of these (but don’t tell my colleagues in the other departments I said this!).  In the words of former President Arthur Levine of Teachers College Columbia, “While education is perhaps the slowest means to social change, it is the only means.” 

Being an educator or a counselor isn’t just socially significant service, it is an intellectually stimulating, spiritually fulfilling labor of love.  I am a former first-grade teacher, and opening young minds to the wonders of the world and new ways of thinking/being/interacting is the most rewarding and joy-filled work I’ve ever done.  It is an honor to invite (or welcome or commend) your work in this profession.

 What are you most passionate about?  Imagine yourself sharing that passion with a group of young people.  What most intrigues you about your current work with people?  Consider diving into that specialization and leading students, clients, and/or colleagues to deeper understandings.  The School of Education offers dozens of programs preparing professionals for work in and out of classrooms, from preschools to high schools to counseling centers, with a variety of subject area specializations.  I urge you to explore our programs and find the one that is most exciting for you.  Department faculty bring a wide range of experience and expertise to our courses.  Explore our pages also, and find someone with whom you might connect.  Send us an email—we’d love to hear from you.

It isn’t an easy road, as the current and former students reading now would attest.  There is a lot to study and learn, but there is also a great deal of personal reflection and growth involved in becoming a professional in the fields of education and counseling. .  It is a truism that educators—whether they be teachers, principals, or counselors—teach more by who they are than by what they do.  As Louis Menand has written, “Teachers are the books that students read most closely.”  You would be (or will be or are) a great read—and an edifying one.  Educators and counselors, thank you for your current and future contributions to your students, clients, and communities. We are excited to DO PUBLIC GOOD with you.

Isabel Nuñez, Ph.D.
Chair, School of Education
Purdue University Fort Wayne
Neff Hall, Room 250Q