Changes Announced within College of Education

BLOOMSBURG—James Krause, Ed.D. has been named the interim dean of the College of Education.

Dr. Krause is serving as acting vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. He previously served as a faculty member in the department of special education.

Krause graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in special education. He received a graduate assistantship and completed his Master of Science in special education at BU. After working in public education for 13 years as a teacher and administrator, he completed his doctoral studies at Temple University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He was awarded a dissertation fellowship from Temple University for the quality of research on inclusive practices for children with disabilities.

He began his career at BU as an adjunct instructor in the department of exceptionality programs. Krause later served as the department chair for more than 10 years. Upon completion of his departmental role, he served as interim assistant dean in the College of Education, responsible for NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) accreditation, program development and unit assessment.

Krause replaces Elizabeth Mauch who announced her resignation in April with a desire to return to the faculty.

Tim Knoster, Ed.D., professor in the College of Education in the department of exceptionality programs, has been named the new executive director of McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support. Knoster helped establish the McDowell Institute five years ago.

The McDowell Institute was established to prepare educators to become fluent in comprehension and application of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Specifically, the McDowell Institute cultivates excellence in professional educators by strategically infusing skills in social, emotional and behavioral wellness of students in PK-12 educational settings within pre-service educators’ coursework and practicum experiences as well as in-service training across school systems. Knoster also serves as the executive director of the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS), a professional international organization dedicated to the expansion and translation of research in to practice in the applied science of Positive Behavior Support

Knoster has received numerous awards including being the inaugural recipient of Lehigh University College of Education’s “Outstanding Contributions to the Discipline Award” in 2002. He earned his educational specialist in 1984 and doctorate in 1988 in special education from Lehigh University.