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Dr. Jared Stallones, a nationally recognized expert in teacher preparation, education policy and education history, has been named chair of the University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

“Jared Stallones is an outstanding educator with a commitment to collaboration across schools, institutions and disciplines,” said UK College of Education Dean Mary John O’Hair. “We look forward to his contributions and leadership in preparing and supporting our current and next generation of educators.”

Stallones joins UK from California State University, Long Beach.

“I am honored and humbled to work with the distinguished faculty and staff at UK and I look forward to rich collaborations as we advance education in the state, nation and the world,” he said.

Stallones completed his bachelor’s degree, teaching credential, master’s degree and doctoral degree in curriculum studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Following a 20-year career as a teacher and school administrator, Stallones was appointed assistant professor of history at California State University, Fresno, where he taught methods courses, supervised clinical practice, and advised teaching credential candidates. In addition, he served as co-director of the San Joaquin Valley History-Social Science Project, one of several regional subject matter projects supported by the University of California Office of the President. In that role, he worked with local teachers to determine their professional development needs and design programs to meet them.

He later moved to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he taught courses in the elementary and secondary credential programs and collaborated with faculty and administrators from colleges as diverse as Agriculture and Environmental Design to provide overall supervision for the campuswide secondary teaching credential program. In his nine years at Cal Poly Pomona, Stallones was promoted to associate and full professor, chaired the Department of Education, authored and led two U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grants amounting to nearly $2 million, and served in faculty leadership positions in the campus and statewide academic senates.

Most recently, Stallones served as professor of secondary education and university coordinator of the Single Subject Credential Program at California State University, Long Beach (CSU Long Beach), overseeing credential programs across the campus and working with dozens of school districts.

He has authored and led grant-funded projects to prepare teachers, school counselors and site administrators for service in Linked Learning settings. Linked Learning is a college and career readiness reform that is transforming the educational experience of more than 500,000 high school students in California and many more nationwide. After leading revisions of programs at CSU Long Beach, Stallones organized the CSU Collaborative for the Advancement of Linked Learning to spread best practices to educator preparation programs throughout the 23 campus university system.

Stallones has authored four books and over 65 articles and presentations on education history, biography and philosophy, and has been recognized for his scholarship with two Cal Poly Pomona Golden Leaves awards, and an Article of the Year Award from the American Educational History Journal. He has held leadership roles in many professional and scholarly organizations, and he serves as general editor for Information Age Publishing’s History of Education Book Series.