Jeanne Marcum Gerlach – a visionary who excels in creative innovation is a recognized leader in higher education, K-16 education, English education, women’s studies, and urban educational renewal – is Associate Provost for K-16 Initiatives at the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington).  She leads the University of Texas at Arlington in its efforts to help raise student achievement in kindergarten through graduate school and improve college access and success by focusing on educator improvement at all levels, aligning the K-16 curriculum, and conducting formative and summative research that indicates whether or not students are meeting the proficiency level to advance to the next grade, college and the workforce.

Dr. Gerlach has raised unprecedented funds to support the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain Education, and shepherded the development of the Southwest Center for Social Studies Education, the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity, the Center for Bilingual Education and the Center for K-16 Education.

These achievements have been accomplished through a number of strategic initiatives that Dean Gerlach lead, including building partnerships with community stakeholders, Texas Education Agency and The Higher Education Coordinating Board leaders.  Further, her work with Texas Legislators has been a key to bringing respect and support from that legislative body.

Dr. Gerlach has written and edited books, chapters, and articles in higher education, English education, business higher education partnerships, international education, and women’s studies.  She has been a leader in and member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), the National Network for Education Renewal (NNER), the Holmes Partnership, the Texas Business Education Coalition (TBEC), and the Texas Education Reform Foundation (TERF).

She has received numerous awards, including Outstanding Woman in English Education, Outstanding Woman Leader in Ft. Worth, Outstanding Philanthropic Award, West Virginia University College of Education and Human Resources’ and the University of North Texas College of Education’s  Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Jeanne Marcum Gerlach holds a bachelor’s degree in Language Arts Education from West Virginia State College, a master’s degree in English Education/Curriculum & Instruction from West Virginia University, a doctorate in English Education from West Virginia University and a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of North Texas.