Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, Black Hills State University president, was recently named chair-elect of the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, a national voluntary association of higher education institutions and other organizations, is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality preparation and continuing professional development for teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The almost 800 institutions holding AACTE membership include private, state, and municipal colleges and universities large and small located in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. In addition, AACTE has a growing number of affiliate members, including state departments of education, community colleges, educational laboratories and centers, and foreign institutions and organizations. Collectively, the AACTE membership prepares more than two-thirds of the new teachers entering schools each year in the United States.

AACTE provides professional development for the teacher education community through the annual meeting and exhibits, the New Deans’ Institute, the Leadership Institute for Department Chairs, the Summer Leadership Institute for state chapter leaders, and occasional special events. The association also hosts workshops, web seminars, and on-line conferences on critical issues. As the national voice of professional teacher preparation, AACTE provides information, policy positions, and legislative proposals to Congress and the executive branch. The association regularly updates its members on education legislation and regulatory matters and annually sponsors a “Day on the Hill” for member institutions to share their important work with legislators.

AACTE's roots go back to the 19th century and the nation's normal schools. The first normal schools, teacher training institutions, were formed in the 1830s by education reformers such as Horace Mann to improve the training of teachers for the burgeoning common school system.

Schallenkamp began serving as BHSU president last summer.  Before taking the helm at BHSU, Schallenkamp served as president of Emporia State University for nine years. Throughout her career, Schallenkamp has been professionally active at the state and national levels. She currently serves on the board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and is a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board. Additionally, she has been active in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission.

Schallenkamp holds three degrees in communication disorders: a B.S. from Northern State University, a master’s from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.