New Leadership Hires

Provost and vice president for academic affairs

Bette BergeronDr. Bette Bergeron has been named as the university’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Bergeron brings with her a proven record of success from more than 22 years of teaching, research and leadership in higher education.

Dr. Bergeron is currently the dean of the School of Education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). SIUE is a masters-L comprehensive public university, located in the greater St. Louis region. As dean, Dr. Bergeron leads five distinct academic departments: Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education and Communication Disorders, Psychology, Kinesiology and Health Education, and Educational Leadership. The School of Education (SOE) is the largest of the university’s six Schools, and second only to the College of Arts and Sciences in total enrollment and diversity of programming.
Through Dr. Bergeron’s leadership, student access and retention have been increased through initiatives including articulated collaborations with regional community college partners, technology-enhanced courses, and evening and three-year options for key programs. Overall enrollment grew by 11 percent during her six-year tenure as dean. The School of Education also leads SIUE’s Schools in graduate enrollments – which grew by 36 percent during the same time period – and houses the university’s only research doctorate, the Ed.D. in educational leadership.
During the past six years the School has strategically enhanced its graduate programming through off-campus partnerships and web-enhanced instruction, including two graduate degrees and a post-baccalaureate certificate that are taught entirely on-line. Dr. Bergeron has also initiated School-wide international endeavors, including new study-abroad programs and partnerships. And she was instrumental in the creation of the SIUE Center for STEM Education and Outreach.
In addition, in October 2012 Dr. Bergeron assumed full governance responsibility for the university’s Charter High School, a public school that enrolls students within the district boundaries of East St. Louis, Illinois, a diverse and underserved urban community. The high school’s curriculum is shifting to a focus on the STEM disciplines, and has recently implemented pre-engineering instruction as part of “Project Lead the Way.” Dr. Bergeron led the school’s turnaround plan through the development of rigorous academic standards and faculty support, resulting in improved student performance and fiscal stability.
Dr. Bergeron serves on several state committees and boards, including the Illinois State Board of Education’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee, the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Subcommittee of the governor’s P-20 Council and the Illinois Education Research Council Advisory Board. She also co-chairs the Illinois Association of Deans of Public Colleges of Education and the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s Government Relations Committee.
Dr. Bergeron has published several articles in professional journals and made numerous conference presentations on her research, which includes qualitative studies focused on accountability in higher education, effective educator preparation, and early literacy instruction.

Prior to her appointment at SIUE, she led the development of educator preparation programs at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, and served as a faculty member and program chair at Purdue University Calumet.
She earned her Ph.D. and MS.Ed. degrees at Purdue University and her B.S. at the University of Maine. A native of Maine, Dr. Bergeron began her career in education as a second grade teacher in Veazie, Maine.


Dean, School of Education

Stephen HegedusDr. Stephen J. Hegedus has been named as the university’s new dean of the School of Education. Dr. Hegedus brings with him a proven record of success from more than 15 years of teaching, research and leadership in higher education, both here in the United States and in England. He will arrive on campus in August.
Dr. Hegedus is a professor of mathematics and mathematics education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he has taught since 2000. He was department chair from 2010-13, has chaired several key academic committees and has designed numerous courses as well as a Ph.D. program in mathematics education. Previously, he held appointments as research fellow, educational consultant and lecturer at the University of Oxford in England.
At his present institution, he is also the founding director of the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education.
Dr. Hegedus is the principal or co-principal investigator of various projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. His present work involves the study and development of dynamic software environments, with associated curriculum focusing on classroom connectivity and haptic (force-feedback) technology. This project includes the professional development of pre- and in-service teachers and the large-scale integration of innovative technologies into K-12 curriculum.
Dr. Hegedus has also directed a mathematics and science partnership in Massachusetts improving teacher content knowledge and growth within an entire district of teachers in grades 4 through 8. Additionally, his research interests include semiotics (the theory and study of signs and symbols) -- specifically the co-evolution of symbolic thinking and digital technologies, and the role of metacognition in advanced mathematical thinking.
He has published and presented numerous papers and workshops at local, national, and international venues and is the associate editor of several journals. Dr. Hegedus has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics, mathematics education, computer science, engineering, pre-service, and in-service education and he has co-supervised seven doctoral students and eight master’s dissertations to successful completion. He was awarded the prestigious UMass Dartmouth Scholar of the Year award in 2009.
Dr. Hegedus earned his Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Southampton, England, where he earlier received a B.Sc. with honors in mathematics and economics.