Class of 1967
Marshall native, education professor is elected to Military Board
EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ Marshall native Dr. Joseph Codde (Marshall High School, 1967), who is a professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University, was elected to serve a two-year term on the Universityâ€™s Military Education Advisory Committee beginning in August.
The Committee provides oversight and guidance as to the ways in which military education at MSU may best serve the university, the state and the nation. This includes review and evaluation of policies and procedures, instruction, facilities, faculty selection, curriculum, and revision in the Departments of Military Science and Aerospace Studies.
Dr. Coddeâ€™s work over the past six years has focused extensively on educational reform and international development in Islamic countries in conflict or crisis including Algeria, Lebanon, and Pakistan. His work has given him a unique perspective on the issues and challenges facing educators and students in these countries and how reform can make a positive change in the educational outcomes of a nation. Coddeâ€™s work at MSU is funded in part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and he will be traveling soon to Nigeria as well as other conflict regions.
USAID was created by an executive order in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, recovering from conflict or crisis, and engaging in democratic reforms.
Dr. Codde also works with the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University on programs to promote the teaching of Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture to K12 students across the United States. The program, which is funded in part by the Chinese government, teaches Mandarin Chinese online using native speaking teachers provided by the Chinese government. Most recently Codde negotiated a contract with the Clark County School District in Las Vegas to offer Mandarin online to Clark County high school students. Clark County is the fifth largest school district in the nation.
In addition to his work with MSU, Dr. Codde consults for USAID and the Higher Education for Development (HED) office on educational funding issues in the Middle East and North Africa. He also consulted on a privately funded program to rebuild schools destroyed by the Taliban in Pakistanâ€™s Swat Valley.
Dr. Codde has won numerous awards for his work and is currently president of the Richard Lee Featherstone Society. In addition, he is a member of the MSU Muslim Studies Faculty. Dr. Codde also has two sons who both live in Key West, Florida.
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