Dr. Sheehan has been the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at UNC since 2000. He administers one of the largest education programs in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States, with about 100 full-time faculty and about 3,500 teacher candidates. His college is fully accredited at all levels and has earned several awards for academic excellence, including the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Preparation from the American Association of State College and Universities.
Dean Sheehan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. He has Master’s degrees from Trinity College and from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. His doctorate is from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a tenured professor in the School of Psychological Sciences. His academic background is social and industrial psychology. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching and research, earning UNC’s Distinguished Scholar Award, and has worked collaboratively with several universities around the world. In 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Burapha University, Thailand.
Prior to his career at the University of Northern Colorado, Dean Sheehan worked as a personnel psychologist for the Irish government and as a vocational evaluator in California.
Psychological Sciences, Special Education, Teacher Education, Applied Statistics and Research Methods; Leadership, Policy and Development, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (P-12), Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, Educational Technology.
Center for Urban Education, Bresnahan Halstead/Kephart Centers, Tointon Institute for Education Change, Teaching with Primary Sources, Center for Gifted and Talented, Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training Center (DO IT), Psychological Services Clinic.