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RIC appoints Alexander Sidorkin dean of education school


Alexander "Sasha" Sidorkin
Alexander “Sasha” Sidorkin was appointed dean of RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development in July.

“Dr. Sidorkin is a distinguished scholar with a strong track record as an educational administrator,” said Ron Pitt, vice president for academic affairs. “He has a deeply thoughtful perspective on teacher education and will be a great asset in our society’s debate and discussion about improvement of teacher preparation and, ultimately, student achievement. We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Sidorkin to the state of Rhode Island and the college.”

Sidorkin had been director of the School of Teacher Education at the University of Northern Colorado since 2006. Prior to that, he served as an associate professor at Bowling Green State University for seven years. He was also a research associate at the University of Washington, and a Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the National Academy of Education.

Born in the Western Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Sidorkin worked in his native Russia as an assistant professor at Novosibirsk State Teachers College, a counselor and advisor at the Orlyonok National Children’s Center in Tuapse, and a teacher in Novosibirsk public schools and the Experimental Laboratory School in Moscow.

Sidorkin is the author of five books, including “Labor of Learning: Market and the Next Generation of Educational Reform” (2009). He also has three edited volumes, seven book chapters and has numerous refereed and non-refereed papers to his credit.

His blog “The Russian Bear’s Diaries” and articles for the Education Reform Examiner can be found at his personal website at http://sidorkin.net.

Sidorkin received a PhD in education from the University of Washington, and an MA in peace studies from the University of Notre Dame. In Russia, he earned a PhD in education from The Institute for Theory and History of Education in Moscow, and an MA in history and education from the Novosibirsk State Teachers College.

In 2009, he received the Excellence in Academic Leadership Award from the University of Northern Colorado.

“From the moment I stepped my foot on campus, RIC just felt like home,” Sidorkin said. “It is a warm and inviting place, with a great tradition of quality teacher preparation; I knew about it long before submitting my application. I feel fortunate to be selected as dean and to work with a group of such dedicated and competent faculty and staff members.”

Sidorkin added that he finds Rhode Island “a beautiful and interesting place” that will allow him and his wife Svetlana to be close to their two grown children.