Dean, School of Education
Linda Samek joined the George Fox School of Education as dean in 2008. She served previously as the provost of Corban University.
Samek previously worked as deputy director and coordinator of teacher education for Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (2001-2002), and she was co-director of the Oregon University System's Quality Assurance in Teaching Program, a federal grant project encompassing 16 teacher preparation programs in Oregon (2000-2001).
Samek also has chaired a number of accreditation teams for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and she's been a member of various statewide task forces shaping public PreK-12 education, including the Chalkboard Project Task Force on Teacher and Administrator Quality and the Education Pathways Project.
Her hiring in 2008 marked a return to George Fox for Samek, who taught at the university from 1996 to 2000 and was chair of the Department of Education from 1997 to 2000.
In all, she has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Prior to her last four-year tenure at George Fox, she worked 16 years at Corban in a variety of roles, including chair of the school's Department of Education and Mathematics, as an associate professor of education and mathematics, and as director of teacher education.
Samek earned a bachelor's degree in science education/mathematics from Oregon State, a master's degree in math education from Portland State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Portland State.
She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family on their farm in Sublimity, Ore.