Georgianna Duarte has been appointed the A. Elwood and Juneth S. Adams endowed professor and chair of the department of teaching and learning at Indiana State University. The university’s first endowed professorship was established through an endowment with a current market value of $920,000 pledged by Indiana State Normal School alumnus A. Elwood Adams and his wife, Juneth, to support teacher education and teacher preparation in the Bayh College of Education, including support for an endowed professor’s research and development. A 1927 graduate of Indiana State Normal School, Adams had a notable 44-year career in education as a teacher, principal and superintendent and was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana State University Alumni Association in 1986. Duarte started her career as a teacher at Head Start and Migrant Head Start and later worked in inner city schools and as a consultant in Indian Head Start. For more than 40 years, she has served as a consultant for the Office of Head Start in Washington, D.C. She also served on faculty at New Mexico State University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before going to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she spent nearly half of her 41-year career as a professor until her retirement in 2015. Duarte has a doctor of philosophy in curriculum and instruction from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in elementary education from Edinboro State University and a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Georgia State University.

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