Linda Samek, EdD

Professor of Education in Residence

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Prior to joining the School of Education as a professor of education in residence in 2020, Linda Samek served as the university's provost for seven years and, prior to that, was dean of George Fox's School of Education (2008-2013).

Her education experience also includes working as deputy director and coordinator of teacher education for Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (2001-02) and as co-director of the Oregon University System's Quality Assurance in Teaching Program (2000-01). As an educator, Samek continues to chair 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 as dean of the School of Education in 2008 marked a return to George Fox for Samek, who taught at the university from 1996 to 2000 and was chair of the school's Department of Education from 1997 to 2000. In all, she has 40 years of experience in higher education.

Prior to her four-year tenure at George Fox in the late 1990s, she worked for 16 years at Corban University in a variety of roles, including as chair of the school's Department of Education and Mathematics, as an associate professor of education and mathematics, and as director of teacher education. She returned to Corban in 2002, where she served as dean of education from 2002 to 2005 and provost from 2005 until returning to George Fox in 2008.

She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family on their farm in Sublimity, Oregon.


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.