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Fourteen new faculty bolster college’s strength this autumn

Janet Kiplinger Ciccone
August 22, 2021

Taking a strategic approach to diversifying the faculty pays off. That’s what Don Pope-Davis, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology, has proven through a multi-year process. It included national searches and meaningful offers for senior faculty.

He also created a pipeline for preparing early career faculty by mentoring postdoctoral scholars of color, called the Dean’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Current faculty cultivate the potential of these promising postdocs, with a focus on their research specialties. 

The result is 14 new hires for the college this autumn, 12 of whom are faculty of color. Seven are tenure-track faculty of color, which brings diversity in that category within the college to 33.5%, up from 30.3% last year. Four are clinical faculty members of color, bringing diversity in that category to 41.6% of those in the college. In addition, one of the postdoctoral scholars of color became a visiting assistant professor.  

The Fashion and Retail Studies program, with one of the college’s largest undergraduate enrollments, will benefit from new hires. The inaugural Nina Mae Mattus Endowed Professor will arrive in January 2022. The other new hire will share her vast knowledge with students following her retirement from another university. 

Reading Recovery and the Literacy Collaborative will gain the inaugural Mary Fried Endowed Clinical Assistant Professor, thanks to donor Faculty Emerita Gay Su Pinnell.

Two of the new faculty are approved supervisors by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. They will coach master's and doctoral students in the college’s Couple and Family Therapy program.

The additional programs to benefit from new faculty are: 

  • Counselor Education 
  • Educational Policy 
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs 
  • Human Development and Family Science 
  • Learning Technologies 
  • Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education 
  • School Psychology 
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education 

Learn more about these faculty and their expertise by scrolling through the carousel and selecting the images.

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