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Point Breeze Resident Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Rodney K. Hopson, a resident of Point Breeze, has been recognized with a Duquesne University Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

A professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education, Hopson was presented with his award by Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty at the University’s annual Convocation. He also serves as the Hillman Distinguished Professor at Duquesne.

Hopson’s research focuses on social politics and policies, foundations of education, sociolinguistics and ethnographic evaluation research. He has studied the impact of education and schooling on marginalized and underrepresented groups in the United States, southern Africa and other areas.

Since joining the School of Education in 1998, Hopson has published extensively on topics including cultural studies, diversity and ethnography. His work has appeared in Urban Education, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, the Journal of Negro Education and the American Journal of Evaluation.

Hopson has raised more than $3 million in funds through organizations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the National Science Foundation in the support of graduate students of color in natural and social sciences. He held a visiting fellowship at Cambridge University’s Wolfson College and in 2001 he was a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholar at the University 0of Namibia, where he studied the changes in language policy and societal changes that had occurred since the end of apartheid there.

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