Professor and Dean
Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Kansas, 1989
M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, Wichita State University, 1981
B.S. in Special Education, Greenville College, Illinois, 1978
His teaching experience started at Woodland Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas where he taught students with learning disabilities. After four years in an elementary school, he moved to Marshall Junior High School where he continued to teach students with learning disabilities. Dr. Kline was known for his collaborative work to integrate his students into a variety of general education classes.
In 1991, Dr. Kline began his full-time service in higher education at Wichita State University where he served as an assistant professor of special education and chair of the Special Education program. This is also the time in which he began a migration from special education teacher preparation to general education teacher preparation. This migration was completed with his move to the Northwest in 1996 when he began work as the Chair of Elementary Education at Seattle Pacific University (SPU).
Dr. Kline's work in higher education has always included some administration. However, his administrative experience began in earnest at SPU. Across his tenure there, Dr. Kline served as Chair of Elementary Education, Director of Teacher Education, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean. Dr. Kline began his tenure at Pacific Lutheran University in the summer of 2011.
Dr. Kline has had many opportunities to work with a wide range of constituents. He served the Washington Association of Colleges of Teacher Education as the president elect, and then as president and past president. He also represented the Washington chapter to the national group, the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE). He sat on the Advisory Council of State Representatives (ACSR) and served as the western representative to the ACSR Executive Committee. He has also had opportunity to be active in the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE).
In both his professional and personal life, he has held a commitment to working with historically disadvantaged and minority children and youth. In addition to working to increase the representation of diverse students and faculty in professional education, Dr. Kline has also served on the boards of a number of community organizations dedicated to serving these populations.
In addition to writing and presenting on collaboration, Dr. Kline is known for his collaborative leadership style. Much of the work he does is accomplished through teams and partnerships providing all stakeholders with a voice. He seeks strong mutually beneficial partnerships with internal and external groups.