Dean Kim Winter of Western Carolina University was recently awarded an Impact Academy fellowship, joining a cohort of fellows chosen for their commitment to improving educator preparation.

Winter leads the College of Education and Allied Professions at WCU. She started in that position in July.

The year-long Impact Academy fellowship aims to accelerate field-wide transformation by supporting and empowering a network of leaders who are committed to improving their educator-preparation programs.

“We believe it will be the collective work of leaders like Winter that will transform how we prepare future educators,” said Benjamin Riley, founder and director of Deans for Impact. “Efforts such as the Impact Academy will nurture and support those leaders as they work to improve their own educator-preparation programs and the field more broadly.”

Deans for Impact is a national nonprofit that supports leaders of educator preparation who are committed to elevating the teaching profession. The organization launched the Impact Academy fellowship in summer 2016.

Winter is one of 17 fellows in this year’s group.