Michael Middleton is the Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean of the School of Education at Hunter College. He began his professional career as a high school mathematics teacher in Massachusetts working with at-risk youth. He also served as Assistant Dean of Freshmen at Harvard University overseeing academic and residential programming for first-year students. These experiences led him to doctoral study at the University of Michigan conducting research on the relation of classroom and cultural contexts on adolescent achievement motivation and well-being. He continued this research as a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire in diverse community settings locally, nationally and internationally and has received funding for this work through the National Science Foundation. His scholarship includes his recent book Motivation to Learn: Transforming Classroom Culture to Support Student Achievement. As Chair of the Education Department at UNH he led the reorganization of the department to enhance scholarship, innovative partnerships and faculty diversity. At UNH he held the John and H. Irene Peters Professorship in Education to support his teaching, research and service and was a recipient of a UNH Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. Before coming to Hunter College, he was Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at University of Massachusetts Boston where he led the College in being fully engaged in the community through research, teaching and outreach.