Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, "Dr. Dale" joined Central Michigan University's College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) as professor and dean in 2012. As dean, she is responsible for five academic departments with programs spanning areas such as counselor education, k-12 administration, higher education, dietetics, leadership, fashion merchandising and design, regular and special education, gerontology, recreation, events management, interior design, human development, therapeutic recreation and family studies. She also oversees a number of centers and units within the college, such as The Governor John Engler Center for Charter School authorization, the Center for Excellence in STEM Education and the Center for Child Development Learning Lab and works in concert with CMU's colleges, guiding 23 teacher education programs across campus. She works very closely with the Michigan Department of Education and served as the president of both the Michigan Council of Deans and Michigan chapter of AACTE. The American Council on Education recently named her a 2016-2017 leadership fellow.
Apart from being a professor for counselor education, Dr. Dale served as a registered professional nurse, licensed professional counselor advanced level of independent clinical practice, approved clinical supervisor, national certified counselor, distance credentialed counselor and registered play therapy supervisor. In 1989, she began using play, art and bibliotherapy in her work with children and families. She now applies therapeutic uses of story in multiple settings across many populations and settings. She launched the Bibliotherapy Education Project website, with her now retired research partner Dr. Paula McMillen just after 2000. Dr. Dale continues to conduct research with other colleagues in order to promote the transformative power of story and advocate for use of story for therapeutic and educational gains.