Lawrence Flick

Dean, College of Education
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Dean, College of Education

Larry Flick has served as the Dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University since July 1, 2011.  His goal for the college is to accelerate the expansion of a vibrant research and teaching community that supports attracting culturally diverse faculty and students.

Larry Flick earned a Ph.D. in Science Education from Indiana University after teaching at the elementary and middle school levels for 12 years.  Upon receiving his B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University he was a transmission engineer for Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Chicago.  From there he moved into education with an M.A.T. from Northwestern University.  He went to work for OSU in the Department of Science and Mathematics Education in the College of Science.  As chair, he helped lead the merger of that department with the College of Education and becoming associate dean.

Flick’s academic and research interests include the psychology of concept formation in science and mathematics and methods of teaching where teachers attend to student thinking, orient students to each other in structured discussion of big scientific and mathematical ideas, and position students for equal access to worthwhile tasks and classroom discourse.  Flick has received competitive funding from the National Science Foundation and US Department of Education managed through the Oregon ESEA Title IIB Math/Science Partnership. He has also received funding from the Department of Energy and Westinghouse Corporation.

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The College of Education strives to be an international leader in innovative research and in the preparation of scholars, educational leaders, counselors, and lifelong learning leaders in two signature areas critical to an increasingly complex and global society: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and cultural and linguistic diversity. Through our research and professional preparation, we contribute to the development of a literate citizenry prepared to be engaged, reflective, creative, and caring members of their communities and the world.

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