Dean Kinloch Receives Multiple Honors for Leadership

Valerie Kinloch, the Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education, has recently received a number of recognitions for her leadership and work in helping to shape the culture of education in not only the School, but in local communities and beyond. She most recently has received the following awards:

  • 2018 NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award (APCL)
  • 2018 Pittsburgh Courier, Woman of Excellence
  • 2018 University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council Leadership Award

Since arriving in Pittsburgh in July 2017, Kinloch has dedicated herself to strengthening the School of Education’s commitments to urban education, equity and justice, and community engagement, while also enhancing school culture and broadening alumni participation. A highly-respected educator, Kinloch’s areas of research focus on the literacy, language, culture, and community engagement of youth and adults, both inside and outside of schools.

Her academic endeavors have received support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Council of Teachers of English, Corporation for National and Community Service, and Spencer Foundation, among other notable organizations. An author of publications on race, place, literacy, and equity, her books include: 

  • Service-Learning in Literacy Education: Possibilities for Teaching and Learning (2015)
  • Crossing Boundaries: Teaching and Learning with Urban Youth (2012)
  • Urban Literacies: Critical Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Community (2011)
  • Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth (2010)
  • June Jordan: Her Life and Letters (2006)
  • Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan (2004)