Donald Hackmann became director of the School of Education and the inaugural Frances S. and Arthur L. Wallace Professor in the College of Human Sciences on July 1. The named professorship is awarded at the college dean's discretion to support high priorities.
Hackmann comes to Ames from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he'd served since 2004, most recently as professor of educational leadership. He led the educational organization and leadership department on an interim basis (2007-09).
This is Hackmann's second professional stop on campus. He was a faculty member in the former educational leadership and policy studies department from 1998 to 2004. His career also includes positions as math teacher and principal at several public middle and high schools in Missouri.
He earned doctoral and educational specialist degrees in educational administration at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He earned master's (secondary school administration) and bachelor's (math and math education) degrees from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.