THE Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College has been appointed to the board of the State Examinations Commission.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has announced five appointments to the board including Professor Teresa O’Doherty from Kilmallock who is dean of education at Mary Immaculate College.
The SEC is a statutory body, separate from the Department of Education and Skills, responsible for the operation of the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate examinations and, according to Ms O’Sullivan, “plays a key role in our education system generally, but in particular in effectively overseeing the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate examinations”.
Prof O’Doherty was appointed dean of education, MIC, in February 2007. Prior to this she was a senior lecturer in education and director of continuing professional development at MIC from 2003.
Prof O’Doherty has considerable experience of contributing to national bodies being a member of a wide range of academic, professional and administrative committees on a regional and national level.
She has extensive experience as an external examiner on undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland and her research interests are in the area of teacher education and the history of Irish education.
She is an active member of a number of national and international projects in the area of teacher education and teacher induction.
On accepting the appointment Prof O’Doherty said the State Examinations Commission “is held in high esteem by all members of the education community and over the forthcoming term it will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Irish second level education and transfer to third level education.
“I am delighted to accept this appointment and to be in a position to contribute to this important work.”
The commissioners will hold office for three and a half years.