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Teri Talan Named Endowed Chair for NLU’s McCormick Center A scholar, author and advisor to policymakers, she will provide strategic direction


Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 5.04.44 PMNational Louis University has appointed Teri Talan, Ed.D. as the new Michael W. Louis Endowed Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, which is part of the University. The McCormick Center empowers individuals to build the leadership skills they need to create and sustain exemplary programs for young children. Talan currently serves as the McCormick Center’s interim executive director and director of Policy Initiatives.

Talan joined the McCormick Center in 2002, and in 2004 she became faculty of NLU’s National College of Education. She is a nationally recognized advocate for the early childhood workforce and the children and families it serves. In recognition of her scholarship, Dr. Talan was promoted to professor of Early Childhood Education in 2014.

A frequent advisor to state and national organizations, Dr. Talan encourages policymakers to act on early childhood system building, workforce development, and effective program leadership. A past chair of the Council for Accreditation of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, she currently serves on the executive committees of the Illinois Early Learning Council and the Illinois Professional Development Advisory Council.

Talan holds a law degree from Northwestern University as well as an Ed.D. in adult education and M.Ed. in early childhood leadership and advocacy from National Louis University. Talan is co-author of the “Program Administration Scale, Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care,” and “Who’s Caring for the Kids? The Status of the Early Childhood Workforce in Illinois,” in addition to numerous articles that have appeared in national early childhood publications.

Talan began her new role on February 1 and will help guide the search for a new executive director of the McCormick Center, following the retirement of Sue Offutt, Ph.D. on December 31, 2015. Providing strategic direction and operational leadership, together they will ensure the McCormick Center remains the premier institution in the country providing leadership development for early childhood program administrators. Talan also will serve as a thought partner and liaison to faculty and administration at the University.