Dr. Susan Edgar-Smith serves as the Dean of the College of Education where students from diverse backgrounds have access to a broad range of delivery methods and programming from associate, to bachelor's, to four different master's degrees, and an impressive number of certification opportunities. The College plans to add a doctoral program in 2018. Susan formerly led Eastern’s graduate programs in School Counseling and Psychology for over a decade.
Eastern University’s College of Education is one of the leading private university Education programs in the state of Pennsylvania. Student-centered and talented faculty members deliver high-quality, technology-savvy teacher preparation training programs. Using the innovative skills and practices already inherent in the College’s programs, along with exciting external partnerships and field placement opportunities, we are able to create success in broadening the impact of Eastern’s College of Education and its advocacy for all students.
As Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Edgar-Smith plans to continue the already innovative and justice-focused programming established by her fellow education faculty members. In addition to these, she intends to expand programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as there is a high demand for these skilled professionals in the current workplace. As a licensed clinical developmental and certified school psychologist, she also plans to bring a brain-based, trauma focused approach to the College’s programs, geared toward maximizing student resiliency and social-emotional learning. Highlighting the College’s premier training in Early Childhood, Multicultural, TESOL, and Special Education, along with Reading and Autism best practices, will also be targeted.
Dr. Edgar-Smith received her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from Connecticut College. She later went on to Bryn Mawr College to earn her master’s in Human Development and her PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology. She has also served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association of School Psychology Board since June 2015. Throughout her professional development, Dr. Edgar-Smith has taken particular interest in the areas of educational psychology, adolescent family processes, childhood and adolescent trauma, and family relational values; all of which she has written on extensively in various scholarly publications and discussed at numerous conference presentations.