Dr. Loleta Sartin

MACON – Dr. Loleta Sartin, associate dean for academic affairs in Mercer University’s College of Education, has been elected to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Board of Directors.

AACTE is the leading voice on educator preparation, representing more than 800 postsecondary institutions with educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners. The organization consists of nearly 800 member institutions, including public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

As a board member, Dr. Sartin will share in the fiduciary and policy-setting responsibilities of the association for a three-year term, beginning March 6.

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected as an at-large member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education,” said Dr. Sartin. “It is a professional privilege to support an organization that has contributed vastly to my professional development. Working with AACTE as a board member will help advance the work to impact change in teacher preparation nationally while supporting the work currently being performed at the local and state levels. As the immediate past president of the Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, I know the benefits of institutional and organizational collaborative efforts. We can no longer afford to work in silos; our collective voices are needed now more than ever to advocate for the profession.”

Dr. Sartin joined Mercer’s faculty in July 2020, coming to the College of Education from Middle Georgia State University, where she served as associate dean of its School of Education and Behavioral Sciences and chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Social Work. She was a founding faculty member of the School of Education and co-developed the teacher education program at the institution, then called Macon State College.

She has been working in education for more than 20 years, beginning as a fourth-grade teacher in New Orleans Public Schools, before accepting a position at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. At Drury, she served as director of the Developmental School Program coordinating the partnership between Springfield Public Schools, Drury and Yale University, in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.

Dr. Sartin earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern University at New Orleans, master’s degree in elementary/secondary gifted education from Drury and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Saint Louis University.

About the College of Education

Mercer University’s Tift College of Education – with campuses in Macon, Atlanta and the University’s two regional academic centers – prepares more professional educators than any other private institution in Georgia. Named for the former women’s college that merged with Mercer in 1986, the College of Education offers baccalaureate and graduate degrees, and is guided by the conceptual framework of the “Transforming Educator,” which supports those who aspire to grow professionally throughout their careers, while also seeking to transform the lives of students. For more information, visit education.mercer.edu.

Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.