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Webb to head Teacher Prep Program

John Webb has been appointed director of the Program in Teacher Preparation, effective July 1.

He comes to Princeton with more than three decades of experience in classroom teaching at the secondary and postsecondary levels, school administration and teacher preparation. Chair since 1986 of the Foreign Language Department at Hunter College High School, he is also adjunct associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College and adjunct professor at Manhattanville College.

Webb earned his 1968 BA at the State University of New York, Albany; his 1972 MA at Middlebury College; and his 1986 EdD at New York University, where he did his doctoral studies in cultural diversity in education, with special attention to the Haitian community in the greater New York metropolitan area.

He is currently working on a project on heritage language learners in foreign language classrooms, supported by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

A member of the National Foreign Language Standards Task Force from 1993 to 1996, he was principal writer of the New York State Framework for Languages Other Than English in 1996, and he has published widely on issues in foreign language education. As Princeton's director of Teacher Preparation, he will succeed Marue Walizer, who will retire from the directorship at the end of the June after 11 years.