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Gretchen Givens Generett, Ph.D., leads the School of Education as dean. Dean Generett has spent the last fifteen years in academia researching and teaching on issues of teacher professional development, educational leadership, and cultural diversity. A professor in the School of Education at Duquesne University, Dr. Generett is in the Foundations of Educational Leadership Department, and she is the University's Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach. Her teaching and research are designed to enhance the skills and habits of mind necessary for educators to effectively teach students from diverse populations.  

Dr. Generett has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes in the field of education.  She is the co-editor of the book Black Women in the Field: Experiences Understanding Ourselves and Others through Qualitative Research published by Hampton Press and has served as the guest editor for the journals Educational Foundations, Educational Studies, and Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.


  • Ph.D., Social Foundations, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
  • B.A., English, Spelman College, 1993

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