Richard J. Reddick, Ed.D., is the inaugural associate dean for equity, community engagement, and outreach for the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also Professor in the Program in Higher Education Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as a faculty member since 2007. Additionally, Dr. Reddick serves as the Assistant Director of the Plan II Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Reddick is a faculty member by courtesy in the Department for African and African Diaspora Studies, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and a fellow at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. Dr. Reddick co-chairs the Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity and Diversity (CREED), serves on the Signature Course Advisory Committee (SCAC), and was named to the inaugural cohort of the Provost’s Distinguished Service Academy.
Dr. Reddick is the faculty co-chair for the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) at Harvard University, and teaches in the Institute for Management Leadership in Education. In spring 2018, Dr. Reddick was appointed as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Reddick is an award winning teacher and scholar; awarded the Eyes of Texas Excellence Award in 2008, the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award, and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies Teaching Award, both in 2012, the Black Faculty Staff Association Faculty Member of the Year in 2013, and the recipient of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies Teaching Award in 2013. He spent the 2010-2011 academic year as a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Scholar. Dr. Reddick received the 2018 Austin L.E.A.D.S. Award from the Austin Community College Office of Equity and Inclusion’s I.D.E.A.L. Center and was named Outstanding Community Based Learning Professor at the 2019 Tower Awards.
Dr. Reddick teaches graduate courses on the history of higher education, multicultural modes of mentoring, social and cultural contexts of education, and qualitative research methods. He also teaches undergraduate courses in Plan II Honors and the Signature Course program in Undergraduate Studies.
Dr. Reddick earned his B.A. in Plan II Liberal Arts Honors and was named a College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Dean’s Graduate in 1995. He then went on to teach elementary and middle school in the Fifth Ward community of Houston, Texas. Dr. Reddick went on to work in the student affairs field at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and Emory University.
Dr. Reddick earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1998 and 2007, respectively. While a graduate student, Dr. Reddick worked closely with the School Leadership Program, helping to train teacher leaders, principals, and school developers, and also served as a School Director with Teach For America, training corps members. Additionally, Dr. Reddick edited the Harvard Educational Review and was a co-founder of the Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC), a convening of scholars and practitioners focused on the educational experiences of scholars and students of color, now in its fifteenth year. Dr. Reddick was selected as Class Marshal of the Graduate School of Education at the 372nd Harvard University Commencement.
Dr. Reddick served as the 2013 co-chair of the Faculty, Curriculum, and Teaching section for the Division J (Postsecondary Education) Program Committee for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Reddick conducts ethnographic research on the experiences of faculty of color in predominantly White university settings, mentoring relationships in higher education, Black families in American society, and work-family balance in junior faculty fathers. Dr. Reddick’s research has been highlighted on NPR, the Associated Press, PBS, the BBC, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and he regularly presents his research at the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Dr. Reddick has published articles in the top journals in education, and is the co-author and co-editor of four books. In addition to these scholarly activities, Dr. Reddick is a Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! champion, husband to Sherry, and most importantly, dad to a 12- and 10-year old. Dr. Reddick is the board chair of Montessori For All, the first public Montessori school in East Austin, and serves on the Austin Regional Board for IDEA Public Schools. He is a proud graduate of Department of Defense Dependent Schools and the former Johnston High School in East Austin.
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