Dean, College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Daniel Kirk serves as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services. Before joining Lindenwood, Dr. Kirk was the Director of Academic Development at Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and was formerly Dean of the College of Education and a Professor of Education at Winona State University in Minnesota. Dr. Kirk also served as Dean and Professor of Education at the American University of Ras al Khaimah, UAE. Dr. Kirk was also Associate Dean and Professor at the National Defense College, UAE, as well as Associate Dean in the College of Education and Executive Director of the School of Learning and Teaching at Pacific University, Oregon, where he held a tenured full Professor position on faculty.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Kirk was senior faculty at the Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi, where he led the Division of Leadership and Educational Policy and was an Associate Professor of Education.
Dr. Kirk has served as a Researcher in Education Policy at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (Abu Dhabi), and on faculty at the American University of Sharjah, Bahrain Teachers College, Macon State College (now Middle Georgia State University), and Pacific University, Oregon. Prior to his move into higher education, Dr. Kirk was a secondary (6-12) school English Language Arts/Literature teacher in the United Kingdom, Qatar, Bermuda, and Dubai. During his time in graduate school at the University of Georgia, Dr. Kirk taught in the undergraduate and graduate teacher education program, preparing the next generation of English Language Arts teachers for the State of Georgia and beyond.
Dr. Kirk was the Founding President of the Gulf Comparative Education Society and currently sits on several editorial and advisory boards based within the Gulf region and the United States. Kirk has been commissioned by various educational organizations and government agencies to conduct bespoke consultancy services, with a particular focus on developing educational institutions, policies, and practices in educator preparation in the Gulf States and internationally. His current research examines educational innovation and policy formation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with a particular lens on the international and comparative implications of such policies on educator preparation and school development.
Dr. Kirk holds a PhD from the University of Georgia, USA, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree, a Master of Arts degree, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status), all from the University of Sunderland, UK.