April Massey, Ph.D

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Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia, Dr. April Massey has earned degrees from The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and Howard University. A speech-language pathologist by profession, she has nearly 20 years of administrative experience and has served in the capacity of dean for five years.


Dr. Massey uses her disciplinary training to consider the liberal arts and

careerist needs of students and the research, teaching, and leadership interests of

faculty. With newly launched initiatives in signature work, women’s leadership,

faculty development, STEM pipeline, faculty learning hubs, and scholarship of

practice, her work emphasizes learning by doing and lived experience as content and

context for teaching and learning.


Dr. Massey led the University of the District of Columbia’s General Education

reform effort in 2009, shepherded a study team in signature work in the summer of

2017 under the umbrella of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and

launched Dialogues in Leadership — an on-campus faculty leadership development

model in the fall of 2017. She also established the Research Academy at CAS and

conceptualized the Center for Humanities Practice in the fall of 2017, and partnered

with the American Association of University Women through a Campus Action Project

grant in 2016 to build a leadership development opportunity for women students at



Dr. Massey champions authentic, developmental, and immersive pedagogies

that drive inclusion, innovation, reflection, and quality in teaching/learning,

scholarship, practice, and service.

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Rediscovering District of Columbia history – and its consequential role in determining contemporary politics and policy serves as our primary charge.

We will establish platforms for making Washington, D.C. history more accessible and intriguing to contemporary audiences and explore, especially through the lens of the Nation’s Capital, the cultural/political fault-lines that have perennially plagued our nation and obstructed our quest to become a more perfect union.

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