Dean's Welcome

Winona State University would like to introduce the New Dean of Education Dr. Daniel Kirk!

Dr. Daniel Kirk has recently joined WSU to take up the post of Dean of the College of Education, as it transitions into its new home, Education Village and looks toward building upon a proud and storied legacy in Education. Prior to joining WSU, Dr. Kirk served as Dean and Professor of Education at the American University of Ras al Khaimah.

Dr. Kirk has also served as Associate Dean and Professor at the National Defense College in the United Arab Emirates, Associate Dean in the College of Education and Executive Director of the School of Learning and Teaching at Pacific University, Oregon (USA), where he held a tenured full Professor position on faculty.

Earlier in his career Dr. Kirk was senior faculty at the Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi, where he led the Division of Leadership and Educational Policy and was an Associate Professor of Education.

Dr. Kirk has worked as a Researcher in Education Policy at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (Abu Dhabi), and on faculty at the American University of Sharjah, Bahrain Teachers College, Macon State College (now Middle Georgia State University), and Pacific University, Oregon. Prior to his move into higher education, Dr. Kirk was a secondary (6-12) school English Language Arts / Literature teacher in the United Kingdom, Qatar, Bermuda and Dubai. During his time in graduate school at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kirk taught on the undergraduate and graduate teacher education program, preparing the next generation of English Language Arts teachers for the State of Georgia, and beyond.

Dr. Kirk was the Founding President of the Gulf Comparative Education Society and currently sits on several editorial and advisory boards based within the Gulf region and United States. Has been commissioned by various educational organizations and government agencies to conduct bespoke consultancy services, with a particular focus on developing educational institutions, policies and practices in educator preparation in the Gulf States and internationally.

His current research examines educational innovation and policy formation in the GCC, with a particular lens on the international and comparative implications of such policies on educator preparation and school development.

Dr. Kirk holds a PhD from the University of Georgia, USA and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree, a Master of Arts degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE with QTS), all from the University of Sunderland, UK. He and his wife, Eliza (an elementary school teacher), along with their two wonderful daughters, Gillian and Emma-Jane, are looking forward to settling into Winona and enjoying all that this beautiful city has to offer.