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Practice : Winter 2010
NEWsWoRThy ] hERb chIldREss herb childress phd, dean of Research and assessment Dedicated to helping BAC educational leaders to take their proper place in the production of design scholarship. The B oston A rchitectural College is pleased to announce the appointment of Herb Childress to the position of Dean of Research a nd Assessment. Herb will be involved with three important educ ational activities. He will en sure that the BAC accreditation processes become the most productive learning experienc es they c an be. Herb will provide re al time learning outc omes a ss ess- ments that c an be put into immediate use for curricular decision making. He will guide the BAC’s research efforts to promote the practice and understanding of evidence-based design to provide our students with opportu- nities to learn the methods and purposes of a rese arch-rich profes sion al experienc e. Prior to joining the BAC in 2006 as the Director of Libera l Studies, Herb was Associate Director of the University Writing Program at Duke University; Director of Research at the Bay Area Coalition of Equitable Schools in Oakland CA; and a programming/POE ana lyst with Jay Farbstein and Associates in San Luis Obispo CA. He holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where he wa s named a Graduate of the L ast Decade in 2004. Herb Childress has written and presented extensively on ethics in design and in research, and has had professional practice in architectural programming, needs a ssessment, a nd post-occupancy e va luation. He ha s t wenty yea rs of practice in understanding the logistica l a nd emo- tional implications of places in people’s lives. His primary focus has been on the ways that American teenager s understand, u se and value the places in their lives. Herb is dedicated to helping BAC educ ational leader s to take their proper place in the production of design scholarship. Provost Julia Halevy states , “Herb Childress has served the BAC for several years a s Director of Liberal Studies, solidly supporting the institution’s work rel ated to not only professional accreditation, but also our c ontinued inclusion in the ranks of regionally accredited institutions of higher lea rning. Beyond his role, Herb has a lways expressed an enormous dedication both to the College and to its students, and he has evidenced his commitment by supporting each institutional effort to improve the educ ation we offer. His exceptional ability to formulate and stage the progress of various advances in our educ ational offerings; to de sign his own re sea rch a nd to support the scholarship of his colleagues; and to envision and e stablish regimens to a sse ss our work of instructing students have led u s to recognize his talents as ones that are essential to our continuous efforts to improve the institution a nd its work.” dean herb childress 10 pRacTIcE