Published: Oct 17, 2011 9:44 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Dr. Erin Harrel has been named interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at Edison State College.

“We are pleased to announce Dr. Harrel’s appointment today. She brings immediate stability and proven expertise in academic excellence and leadership,” said Dr. Kenneth P. Walker, District President. “Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a well-rounded perspective. Her background includes curriculum and instruction, leadership and organizational management.”

Dr. Harrel is currently the Dean of the School of Education and Founding Principal of the Edison Collegiate High School at Edison State College. She will continue in this role as well as serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs.

She joined Edison State College in 2004 as an adjunct instructor. She became a full-time professor of education in 2008. She was promoted to Associate Dean, Education Programs in 2009 before being named Associate Dean, School of Education/Founding Principal of Edison Collegiate High School, Lee Campus. In 2010, through a national search, she was promoted to Dean, School of Education and Charter Schools.

She has served on numerous advisory boards that support education in south Florida. Currently, Dr. Harrel serves on the Board of Examiners for the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education, as well as a program review and accreditation specialist for the Florida Department of Education’s University and College system. In addition she was recently appointed to the Program Approval Board for the Florida Department of Education. In 2009, Dr. Harrel was appointed by the president of the National Association of Teacher Educators to serve on the legislative committee for teacher preparation. 

Dr. Harrel’s educational and parenting workshops have been presented and implemented across Florida. She has presented at dozens of workshops and conferences across the United States. With more than 60 publications in print and a broad array of multifaceted experience in the k-20 education system, Dr. Harrel provides strong leadership and tremendous passion for Edison’s State College’s growing education programs.