Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett Named School of Education Dean

Dean Gretchen Givens GenerettWith a focus on reaching bigger goals, Duquesne University named Dr. Gretchen Givens Generett as dean of its School of Education, effective July 1, 2021.

As interim dean since July 2020, Dr. Generett led the school by centering on the needs of students and supporting faculty and staff during the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. She worked diligently to listen to and understand the School of Education community to meet its needs.

"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 national leader in developing educators both inside and outside the classroom, Dr. Generett has been instrumental in forming partnerships and networks for academic and community-based educational stakeholders that incorporate equity-focused curricular experiences.

Her background exemplifies Duquesne's commitment to creating equity and opportunity in the region. She is the University's Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach. Her scholarship, known nationally and internationally, intersects traditional sociology of education, African-American studies and feminist studies with progressive concepts of justice that examine agency, empowerment, and action.

As a lifelong educator, Dr. Generett understands the importance of walking alongside students, learning together, listening to their dreams and delivering an education that helps them reach their goals.

"I don't enter any space without understanding their stories-they allow me to plant my feet," she said. "And when I'm sitting around tables, making decisions, those are the stories that guide me."