Redefining the Classroom

David Myton Accepts Chair Of LSSU School Of Education

Posted: December 14th, 2002

David Myton speaks with students

December 13, 2002
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University announces the appointment of David M. Myton Ph.D. as chair of the School of Education, effective Jan. 2.

Myton, an associate professor of chemistry with a wealth of educational background, has been working at LSSU since 1993. He replaces Virginia Hines Ed.D., associate professor of education, who has resigned effective Dec. 31 and is returning to full time teaching.

Myton's experience and knowledge of local schools and state educational issues will help him make an easy transition into the school that produces one of LSSU's fastest growing majors. He has held a variety of education positions, from teaching junior high and high school science, to teaching college chemistry and science classes for students who are studying to become teachers.

Myton has been both teacher and administrator at LSSU. He recently filled in as acting dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences for two years. In his new position, he will report to Bruce Harger Ph.D., acting vice president for academic affairs and provost.

"We are very pleased that Dr. Myton has agreed to take this position," Harger said. "His enthusiasm for his work is appreciated by both his students and his colleagues. We know he'll do a great job."

"Provost Harger and I thank Dr. Hines for her efforts on behalf of teacher education at LSSU," said LSSU President Betty J. Youngblood Ph.D. "We look forward to working with Dr. Myton. With his significant teaching experience, he understands K-12 and education issues in Michigan and the nation. He is deeply committed to the success of LSSU students and he has the leadership skills required to lead our teacher education program with distinction and success."

Myton said he is excited about increasing his role with teacher education students at LSSU.

"We are quite proud of the accomplishments of our many graduates from the School of Education and the impact they are now having in their communities, both in the U.S. and in Canada," he said. "Recent passage of the 'No Child Left Behind' Act at the federal level brings new challenges to the school. We intend to move quickly with our advisory board, and other leaders in the educational community, to evaluate the strengths of the existing program and to develop new initiatives in areas of teacher certification, graduate and continuing education.

"I appreciate the efforts of Dr. Hines who has led the school through times of significant growth," Myton continued, "and I am looking forward now to working closely with her and the faculty as we prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."

Myton holds a bachelor's degree in integrated science/teaching from George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon. He also has a master's degree in science teaching/chemistry and a doctorate in environmental science and resources/chemistry, from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

His teaching took him from Oregon to Alaska and Nevada, then finally to Michigan. He was hired as assistant professor of chemistry at LSSU in 1993 and was promoted to associate professor in 1997. From 1996-98, he also served as an adjunct professor for Michigan State University when LSSU's teacher education program was affiliated with MSU. He taught the science and mathematics methods component of the program and was the science internship supervisor for student teachers placed in local school districts.

He has written several grants and publications and has served as chemical consultant for Hoover Precision Plastics in Sault Ste. Marie. Local teachers know Myton for his presentations during teacher in-service days, including "Hands-on Science" and "GPS for Teachers."

Myton said he invites interested persons to contact him directly regarding the LSSU School of Education and its programs in teacher education at 906-635-2811, or –LSSU-