New Leadership in Department of Teaching and Learning; Magill Named Acting Chair

Richard Magill has been appointed acting chair of Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning. Since 2007, Magill has served as visiting professor at Steinhardt, with appointments in the Departments of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Applied
, and Physical Therapy. His expertise crosses a breadth of disciplines: he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a motor learning specialization from Florida State University, an Ed.M. in Physical Education from Temple University, and a B.S. in Theology from Philadelphia Biblical University. Magill is the author or co-author of 18 book, including the textbook,Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications (McGraw-Hill), now in its ninth edition. Magill has held faculty positions at Louisiana State University, where he is currently professor emeritus, as well as Texas A&M, and King’s College.

At Steinhardt Magill has taught Human Development and Education in the Arts, Research Methods in Dance Education (Music and Performing Arts Professions), as well as Human Growth and Development (Applied Psychology), and a colloquium for physical therapy doctoral students.

In announcing Magill’s appointment, Dean Mary Brabeck said, “I am grateful to Dr. Magill for agreeing to lend his diverse knowledge and experience to the Department of Teaching and Learning, where he will be working with faculty leaders over the coming year to ensure the continued growth and strength of the department at this critical juncture for teacher education.”

Magill assumes the position held by Professor Robert Cohen, who served as chair, and Assistant Professor Joan Malczewski, who served as vice-chair.

“Dr. Cohen has been a tireless advocate for the Department’s faculty and students, has been an active partner in working with the Department of Education and our partner schools,” Dean Brabeck said. “We have also benefited immeasurably from Dr. Malczewski’s experience as an administrator and her steadfast dedication to the school. We are greatly indebted to them both.”

Photo: Richard Magill, Acting Chair, Steinhardt Department of Teaching and Learning