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Dean David Andrews

David W. Andrews, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Education

Dean Andrews has dedicated his career to enhancing opportunities for children and youth by strengthening families, communities, and schools. Prior to his arrival at the Johns Hopkins School of Education (SOE) in September 2010, he spent ten years at Ohio State University where he was the founding dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology. Currently, he is leading the SOE in an organizational restructuring that focuses on research and solutions for the most pressing concerns in 21st century education and public safety leadership by developing entrepreneurial partnerships, innovative tools, and evidence-based approaches to advance learning for all ages.

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Recent Highlights:

  • Established a PhD program to focus on high quality research.
  • Expanded the School of Education's EdD program to an interdisciplinary, online format that prepares educational practitioners for school leadership positions.
  • Expanded SOE's research capacity by integrating one of the nation's leading K-12 education research centers, the Center for Social Organization of Schools, into SOE.
  • Established a Visiting Fellows program to provide a forum where leading researchers and practitioners can exchange ideas, debate, study, and evaluate new approaches to reforming educational practice in the United States.
  • Restructured academic programs and implemented a global focus on attracting highly talented full-time students and faculty.
  • Led a unique university-community partnership to manage and operate the Henderson-Hopkins School (K-8) and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center). The partnership will provide models of the most contemporary, effective approaches to meeting the needs of students, their families, and the community. The school will take a holistic approach to developing the potential of each student, one that focuses on the behavioral, cognitive and physical health of the child, on individualized learning, and on family and community involvement supported by wrap-around services.
  • Developed a partnership with the Education Industry Association (a trade association representing private providers of education services) that will create a Center for Education Innovation and Entrepreneurship; facilitate relationships between EIA member companies and the School of Education; integrate for-profit programs, products and concepts more deeply into the education sector; and create joint research and education programs.


2013 Recipient of the Friend of the Education Industry Award by the Education Industry Association for efforts to reform education for the betterment of schools, teachers and students.

2011 Recipient of the Leroy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC). This prestigious award is named in honor of former Florida Governor Leroy Collins, whose leadership was instrumental in establishing the community college system in Florida. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes distinguished graduates from a Florida community college who have made substantial contributions to their college, community, state and nation.