April Massey, Ph.D
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.