Gretchen Generett Is the New Dean of the School of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh

Gretchen Givens Generett is the new dean of the School of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She has been serving as interim dean since July 2020.

“The past 18 months has been a stark reminder of the importance of education and mental health,” Dr. Generett said. “As dean, I look forward to working alongside our excellent education, counseling, and psychology faculty and staff as we work together in our efforts to make a difference in the lives of our students.”

A Duquesne faculty member since 2008, Dr. Generett also has served as associate dean for graduate studies and research, chair of the department of educational foundations and leadership, and director of the University Council Educational Administration’s Center for Educational Leadership and Social Justice. She holds the Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach.

Dr. Generett’s scholarship intersects traditional sociology of education, African-American studies, and feminist studies with progressive concepts of justice that examine agency, empowerment, and action. She currently serves as the president-elect for the American Educational Studies Association and is associate editor for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Race and Education and Professing Education.

Professor Generett earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds a doctorate in social foundations of education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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