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Joseph A. Lewis named Director of Graduate Education Certification Programs at Moravian College Comenius Center

Dr. Joseph LewisBethlehem, Pa., May 4, 2009—Moravian College has named Joseph A. Lewis, Ed.D, director of graduate education certification programs in the Moravian College Comenius Center. In this capacity, Lewis will participate in the planning, promotion, and operation of graduate education studies and will assume primary responsibility for developing, administering, evaluating, and teaching in master’s level teacher certification programs.

“The wealth of outstanding professional experience in public school administration that Dr. Lewis brings to Moravian will allow us to expand our commitment to the education of public school leaders,” said Christopher M. Thomforde, president of Moravian College. “We’re excited that Dr. Lewis will lead the Education Department’s efforts to add principal certification to the growing roster of graduate-level certification programs we offer at Moravian,” added Florence Kimball, dean of the Comenius Center.

Lewis has held the position of superintendent of schools in the Bethlehem Area School District since 2002. Prior to leading the Bethlehem area schools, Lewis served as a teacher, technology supervisor, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Pocono Mountain School District. He has also served as a clinical adjunct faculty member in the Comenius Center since 2004, teaching courses in school law, curriculum design, and school supervision and organization. “Dr. Lewis is a first-rate teacher as well as an accomplished administrative leader, making his courses some of the most sought after in our program,” explained Joseph Shosh, director of the Master of Education Program in Curriculum and Instruction.   

During his tenure as Bethlehem area schools superintendent, Lewis accomplished many milestones, most notably in the use of technology in teaching and learning, alignment of curriculum to state standards, a new teacher evaluation system, diversity education for all stakeholders, and has lead the district to the “making progress” state designation in student achievement.  Additionally, Lewis has focused the district on high school reform, emergency and safety management, mentoring programs, and building greater community collaborative endeavors, like those with United Way and the turf Partnership at BASD Stadium.  “He also worked tirelessly for the opening of the new Broughal Middle School for Science and Technology,” Kimball noted.  “His well rounded approach to all areas of public education will prove to be an asset to Moravian College.”

Lewis received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in 1993 from Nova Southeastern University, an M.A. in 1977 in English from the University of Scranton, and a B.A.. from King’s College in 1972. He also holds Pennsylvania instructional certification in English, principal certification, and a superintendent’s letter of eligibility and has studied at East Stroudsburg University, Penn State University, and the University of Denver.

The Comenius Center at Moravian College serves adult and part-time students through programs distinguished by academic excellence, which can lead to Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees and to professional certifications. As an integral part of an institution that values continuous learning, the Comenius Center prepares individuals for challenging professional positions, for service and leadership to the community and its organizations, and for the demands of a rapidly changing world. For information, visit: https://secure.moravian.edu/comeniusctr/

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu.