Christina Christie to Serve as Interim Dean of GSE&IS

UCLA Education chair and professor of Social Research Methodology will begin term July 1, 2020.

UCLA Professor of Education Christina (Tina) Christie, who currently serves as chair of the Department of Education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the school. She will begin her term July 1, 2020.

“Professor Tina Christie is the ideal choice for the GSE&IS Interim Deanship,” says UCLA Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco who will be leaving UCLA to become the Chancellor of UMass Boston. “Dr. Christie is an outstanding scholar, dedicated mentor, and generous colleague. She has also proven to be an extraordinarily capable administrator as chair of the UCLA Department of Education over the last four years. ”

“In these uncertain times, Dr. Christie’s intelligence, wisdom and humane sensibilities, unmatched work ethic, and deep experience in administration will serve us well for moving forward. The entire GSE&IS community joins me in congratulating Tina on this important new appointment.”

Christie joined the faculty of UCLA in 2010 in the division of Social Research Methodology in the Department of Education at GSE&IS. A scholar of program and policy evaluation, Professor Christie’s research is focused on understanding evaluation as a method for facilitating social change. 

Christie has served as a principal investigator on more than 30 grants and contracts totaling approximately $33 million to study education, child maltreatment, and health behavior programs. She is the former director of the UC Educational Evaluation Center, which has sites at seven UC campuses, and currently serves as co-investigator on the National Institutes of Health Diversity Program Consortium’s Coordination and Evaluation Center. 

Professor Christie has been recognized with distinguished career awards by two leading associations, as the recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s 2018 Research on Evaluation Special Interest Group Distinguished Scholar Award and the American Evaluation Association’s 2019 Research on Evaluation Distinguished Scholar Award.

Christie teaches Ph.D., Ed.D., M.A., M.Ed., and undergraduate students and has chaired or co-chaired more than 40 dissertations since joining the UCLA faculty. During her tenure as chair, the UCLA Department of Education has been consistently ranked the No. 1 department of education among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. 

Under Christie’s leadership as chair, the Department of Education established a bachelor’s of arts program in education and social transformation; developed the curriculum for a new master’s in education program in transformative coaching and leadership; and hosted professional development programs for educators around the globe. Her efforts to build a strong department community earned her the UCLA Staff Assembly’s 2018 Faculty/Staff Partnership Award. 

Professor Christie earned her Ph.D. from UCLA; her M.A. and M.Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University; and her B.A. from the State University of New York.