Dean's Advisory Council

Supporting the mission for the School of Education at IUPUI


The Dean's Advisory Council supports the mission of the IU School of Education at IUPUI through Dean Tambra O. Jackson’s vision and priorities. In collaboration with the Dean and Director of Development, the Council provides guidance and support to assist in developing and implementing the school’s strategic efforts related to institutional advancement.


• To inform and provide counsel to the Dean as well as be briefed by the Dean on issues, opportunities, and challenges relating to the School of Education
• To advocate for the School of Education and help strengthen relationships across the state to support the growth and success of the School’s mission
• To help strengthen and expand the School of Education’s philanthropy through fundraising and networking support


The Council will include up to 15 individuals who are invited to participate by the Dean of the IU School of Education at IUPUI. Members will consist of IU School of Education alumni and donors along with civic leaders and community members who are passionate about urban education. The Dean and the Director of Development will serve as ex-officio members.

Council members will be appointed to an initial term limit of two years, July 1 to June 30. Individuals may be reappointed after their original term.

The Council will meet in person three times a year, and there will be a virtual option available for those who require it.

Meet the council

Member NameCompany / Organization
Jerell BlakeleyIndiana State Teachers Association
Brandon CosbyFlanner House of Indianapolis
Keesha DixonAsante Art Institute of Indianapolis
JauNae HangerChildren's Policy & Law Initiative of IN
Rev. Winterbourne Harrison-Jones, PhDWitherspoon Presbyterian Church
Nichelle HayesPresident, Black Caucus ALA (BCALA)
Gwendolyn Kelley, PhDGreater Indianapolis NAACP
Judge Lori K. MorganAllen County Superior Court Family Relations Division
Patricia PayneRacial Equity Office, Indianapolis Public Schools
Jennifer Pace RobinsonChildren's Museum of Indianapolis
Terry SpradlinIndiana School Board Association
River Sturdivant, PhDArthur Dean Family Foundation
Sheila TefftEmory University
Judith ThomasDeputy Mayor of Neighborhood Engagement, City of Indianapolis
Gerald Thompkins, PhDThe Engineering Society of Detroit