A Trio of African American Women Honored With Prestigious Awards

Valerie Kinlochthe Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education and professor at the University of Pittsburgh, is the recipient of the 2018 Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. This honor recognizes a person of color who has made a significant contribution to the council and to the development of their professional community. Dr. Kinloch holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and a master’s degree in English and African American literature and a Ph.D. in English and composition studies with a cognate in urban studies from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president of strategic affairs and vice provost at Virginia Tech, received the 2018 Academic Leadership award from the National GEM Consortium. She was recognized for her work in advancing diversity in STEM. Dr. Pratt-Clarke holds a bachelor’s degree in English with minors in philosophy and African-American studies and a master’s degree in literary studies from the University of Iowa. She also holds a master’s degree in sociology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Andrea Scott, adjunct Spanish professor at the William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Development Center at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, is the recipient of the 2018 PNC Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award from the St. Louis American Foundation. She is recognized for her hard work, leadership, and commitment to education in the St. Louis community. A native of St. Louis, Professor Scott earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish from Lindenwood University and her K-12 teacher certification and master’s degree in teacher education from Missouri Baptist University in St. louis, where she is also currently studying for a doctorate.


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