Barry Kanpol has been named the new dean of the College of Education at Grand Valley University.
Kanpol is a professor of education at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, where he was founding dean of the College of Education and Public Policy. He taught in Israeli Public Schools before immigrating to the U.S.
His academic interests revolve around the role of teachers in the social order. As a sociologist of education, he has linked issues of race, class and gender to topical concerns in education including federal educational policies and reforms, multicultural education, urban education, and the role of popular culture.
Kanpol received a bachelor’s in English literature in from Tel Aviv University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University.