Ottawa University is pleased to announce Dr. Beverly E. Rodgers as the new dean of its School of Arts and Sciences. She was the unanimous selection of the University’s faculty search committee and top finalist from more than forty applicants.
Dr. Rodgers brings extensive experience as a professor, curriculum developer, advocate for cultural awareness and diversity, administrator, and academic leader. In addition to her more than 19 years in the academy, Dr. Rodgers has worked with the federal government on Native American research and program development, served as a consultant on language revitalization, guided artifact documentation for the Smithsonian Institution Museum of the American Indian, and served as a chamber of commerce executive director. She maintains a strong commitment to Native American issues and to her ancestry in the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.
Dr. Rodgers comes to Ottawa University from The Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota, where she served as the Chief Academic Officer. During her tenure at Leech Lake, she also served as the College’s liaison to the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Rodgers received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Missouri Southern University, and earned a master’s degree and PhD in Anthropology from The Ohio State University. Her dissertation research topic was “Identity Within the Native Community in Northeastern Oklahoma,” and she has studied at Oxford University in England, with the United States National Park Service on Federal Indian Law, and at the United States Chamber of Commerce Organizational Management Institute.
At Antioch College in Ohio, Dr. Rodgers was a professor of anthropology and served as chair of the Arthur Morgan Fellows, a select group of faculty who were entrusted and empowered to rebuild the curriculum and academic program at Antioch College. In addition, she served as a director of the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom, as a chair of the Liberal Arts Institute, and as a leader in the development of Antioch’s interdisciplinary learning communities.
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