On July 1, 2013 I became the Founding Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
From July of 2007 through June of 2012 I was Chairperson of the Department of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota. I received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Indiana University. My initial academic appointment was in the U of M General College. I am an "open-door storyteller" who has authored a book on undergraduate media literacy, co-edited an anthology on educational environments, and published a memoir about "sociological ghosts." My current research explores personal and social possibilities of undergraduate students' generation of creative digital nonfiction; see "The Pedagogy of Digital Storytelling in the College Classroom" as an example.
I documented my first year as a Dean in a blog on The Society Pages, "Dispatches From a New Dean."
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