UMD is pleased to welcome two new deans to campus this July. College of Education Human Service Professions (CEHSP) Dean Jill Pinkney Pastrana enjoys playing music and watching soccer. Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) Dean Amy Hietapelto has traveled to Finland, goes whitewater rafting, and jokes that she wrote her dissertation in the ice rinks while her son played hockey.
Jill Pinkney Pastrana, the new dean of the UMD College of Education and Human Service Professions, is primarily interested in critical pedagogy, education transformation, and popular participation within marginalized contexts.
“I was attracted to UMD by the innovative and important programs within the college (CEHSP) and broader university and the dynamic creative atmosphere of the city,” she said. “Before returning to the Midwest, my family and I lived in Chile in the late 1990’s and again during my Fulbright research. My partner and I have three sons. One is currently a student at UMD in the Musical Theater Program, the youngest is studying vocal performance at UW-Milwaukee, and the eldest is working at CLUES, which is the Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio in St. Paul, Minn. Beyond work, I enjoy biking, hiking, dancing and playing music with my family, and… following South American soccer with my life partner.”
Pinkney Pastrana is currently Chair and Associate professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Department of Education Studies. She arrived back in the upper Midwest after 22 years living, working, and studying in Los Angeles, Calif. Her research conducted in 1998-1999 was supported through a Fulbright Research/Lecture grant and focused on high school student activism and education policy in Chile. Her current work involves continued analysis of education policy in Chile and the United States, and specifically focuses on student movements, teacher work and teacher’s Unions. She has been active in program review and development in Latin America and has worked with the Chilean Ministry of Education, the Catholic University of Valparaíso (Valparaíso, Chile), the University of Concepción (Concepción, Chile), Universidad de la Frontera (Temuco, Chile) as well as within her academic appointments in the United States.
Amy Hietapelto, the new dean of the UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics, has served as dean of the College of Business and Management at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago since 2009. Hietapelto served as acting dean and associate dean at NEIU prior to holding the dean position. She also has been a faculty member at Michigan Technological University and Clarkson University. She received her Ph.D. from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a focus in the area of Organizational Studies.
Hietapelto, who is Finnish, recently visited Finland and saw the port of Hanko, from which her grandparents emigrated. Her father, Hugo, was a freighter captain before his retirement, and Hietapelto has sailed on the Great Lakes on her father’s freighters. Two of Hietapelto’s siblings live in Minnesota, including her brother Hugo and his family, who live in Hermantown.
“I am thrilled to join LSBE and UMD and contribute to the educational and economic needs of Minnesota and the upper Great Lakes region. This feels like coming home.”