Incoming Hopkins School of Education dean Christopher C. Morphew. Photo via Johns Hopkins University.

A leading education academic is coming from Iowa to Baltimore to lead Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education.

Hopkins announced today that President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar have tapped Christopher C. Morphew, the University of Iowa’s executive associate dean for research and innovation, to travel east to helm Hopkins’ education graduate school.

Morphew has been a top administrator at Iowa for three years, overseeing a rapid expansion of the College of Education’s research, including in the field of human development and learning. He specializes in higher ed research, studying the missions of colleges and universities, state higher education policy and university and college marketing and communications.

Morphew was appointed executive associate dean there after five years as chair of the university’s Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies. In that role, he managed three master’s and doctoral programs, helping to boost enrollment in all of them and redesigning the curricula in two, according to a release.

In a statement, Morphew called the Hopkins School of Education “a young, high-performing, highly ranked unit, surrounded by one of the world’s best research universities.”

“Just as Johns Hopkins changed medical education and medical research in the late 19th century, I’d like the School of Education to be the place where policymakers, foundations and school leaders expect to find the most relevant and useful research that can shape the field in the coming decades,” he said.

Morphew was also a faculty member at the University of Kansas and the University of Georgia before he began his work in Iowa. He has a doctorate in social sciences and educational practices from Stanford University, master’s degrees from Stanford and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

The graduate school Morphew is taking over was recently ranked the sixth-best graduate education institution in the country by U.S. News and World Report. It has about 130 faculty members and 2,400 students, and grants more than 500 master’s and doctoral degrees each year, according to the school.

He’ll step in for Mariale Hardiman, who started as interim dean last February after former dean David W. Andrews jumped ship to become the next president of the private nonprofit National University in California.

Morphew’s first day on the job is Aug. 1.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...