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Frances Kochan


Frances K. Kochan is the former Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology at Auburn University. Dr. Kochan has served as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and director/superintendent of a university laboratory school. She is a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Foundation Leadership and Technology.

Internationally known for her expertise in mentoring, Kochan has written articles on the teacher’s role as a researcher, and has published book chapters on family and school relationships and middle school organizational change. Her major research interests include barriers to organizational change and school and university collaboration which are also topics of her frequent speaking requests.

She serves on the boards of International Mentoring Association, Holmes Partnership, and the Alabama Teacher Certification and Licensure Committee. She has been honored as a Distinguished Educator Award from Florida State College of Education’s Alumni Association, Outstanding Faculty Award for Outreach by the Auburn University College of Education.

Dean Kochan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New York at Fredonia, a Masters of Education in Reading Education from the University of Guam, and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Adult Education and Policy Studies from Florida State University.

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