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Duquesne University Names New Hillman Distinguished Professor

Dr. Rodney K. Hopson has been named the Hillman Distinguished Professor at Duquesne University effective July 1.  He is chair and associate professor in the educational foundations and leadership department in the School of Education.

“As the Hillman Distinguished Professor, I anticipate continuing my work internationally, nationally, and regionally in a few specific ways related to my research interests in evaluation, ethnography, and sociolinguistics,” explained Hopson.

Endowed through a gift from The Hillman Foundation, the distinguished professorship includes a five-year term and is designed to rotate among the various schools within Duquesne University.  David Allen Wehr, professor of piano in the Mary Pappert School of Music, held the position previously.

After joining the School of Education in 1998 as an assistant professor, Hopson was named chair of educational foundations and leadership in 2004.  He recently completed a visiting fellowship at Cambridge University’s Wolfson College.  In 2001, Hopson was a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholar at the University of Namibia, where he studied the changes in language policy and the societal changes that had taken place since the end of apartheid there.

Hopson has held academic posts at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Hygiene, the University of Namibia and Cambridge University.  He received the Duquesne University Presidential Scholarship in 1999 and 2003, and the Marcia Guttentag Early Career Award in 2000 from the American Evaluation Association.  He has written numerous books and articles, has made presentations across the globe, and has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

A member of several professional organizations, including the American Anthropological Association and the National Science Foundation’s Teacher Professional Continuum Program Expert Panel, Hopson also sits on various editorial boards, including the Journal of Negro Education, and Education and Ethnography.

A resident of Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood, Hopson has a bachelor’s degree in English literature, a master’s in educational evaluation, a master’s in linguistics and a Ph.D. in educational evaluation from the University of Virginia.

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