Carolyn Pluim (formerly Vander Schee) has been named acting chair of the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations (LEPF) in the College of Education, effective July 1.
Pluim brings years of expertise and experience to the position.
“LEPF is a great department that consists of incredibly talented faculty and staff who are committed to students and their learning,” Pluim said. “I am happy to represent the department in this role.”
Her research interests are focused around the intersections of sociology of education, curriculum studies and educational policy, specifically as these relate to school health policies, practices and pedagogies.
She explores the ways in which contemporary school health policies are negotiated and experienced by students and school personnel. A central theme running throughout her research is the relationship between discourse and social dynamics as this bears on sociological understandings of health, illness and the body and influences the responsibilities and obligations of public schools.
Pluim joined the NIU faculty in 2007. She is currently the assistant chair and an associate professor in LEPF. She currently serves as a member of Faculty Senate, University Council and is chair of the General Education Committee.
She is the co-author of the book “Schools and Public Health: Past, Present, Future” and has published more than 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. She serves on the editorial board of Policy Futures in Education and presents regularly at regional, national and international conferences in the area of health education and policy.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing science from the University of Western Ontario; a master’s degree in environmental policy from Michigan Technological University; and a doctorate in educational policy studies, social foundations of education from Georgia State University.
“Carolyn has been serving as the assistant chair in LEPF and not only has a strong working knowledge of the position but also of the overall department where she has been a faculty member for the past nine years,” Dean Laurie Elish-Piper said. “Carolyn brings her enthusiasm and dedication; deep knowledge of general education; and strengths as a teacher, researcher and leader to the position.”