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Pacific Oaks College Dean Named to National Leadership Fellowship

Published on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 6:17 am
Dr. Jerell Hill

Dr. Jerell Hill, dean of the School of Education and Human Development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, was recently named as an Impact Academy fellow by national non-profit organization, Deans for Impact. 

Dr. Hill is one of 20 leaders in the education field who were chosen as part of the Impact Academy program’s seventh cohort. 

“I am humbled by the opportunity to participate in this fellowship,” Dr. Hill said about his selection as an Impact Academy fellow. “I am honored to work with colleagues who believe schools are cultural spaces that play a significant role in creating experiences to develop equity and excellence. Preparing high-quality teachers to serve their communities is a necessary action toward educational justice.” 

Impact Academy is a year-long program which empowers dean-level leaders with skills, knowledge, and strategies to pursue instructional excellence in the face of new challenges. The program aims to fill the need for teachers and K-12 leaders who can foster individual and organizational learning, and who are well-equipped to identify and address educational inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 2022-2023 Impact Academy fellowship combines monthly virtual sessions and two in-person gatherings with regular learning modules and ongoing leadership coaching from veteran leaders. Fellows strengthen their ability to engage faculty, staff, and K-12 school partners in a shared vision for change, grounded in a deep scientific understanding about how students learn.

“We’re excited to welcome this new cohort of 20 fellows committed to grounding their educator-preparation programs in equity and improving the field of education more broadly,” said Valerie Sakimura, vice president of program at Deans for Impact. “As we continue to support outstanding educator-preparation leaders to drive transformative change, Deans for Impact aims to realize our long-term vision of building a national collective of leaders who are creating and sustaining conditions for teachers to create rigorous, equitable, and inclusive classrooms where all students thrive.”

As Dean and Assessment Coordinator in the School of Human Development and Education, Dr. Hill serves as a faculty advisor for Multiple Subject Credential candidates. His responsibilities include program development, supporting adjunct faculty, accreditation, budgeting, and program oversight. Dr. Hill’s areas of research interest include Adverse Childhood Experience, student motivation, educational administration, special education, and urban schools.

Hill obtained his BA from the University of California, Irvine; his MA from the University of Phoenix and Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, and his Ed.D from Taft University in Denver, Colorado.

Hill’s professional memberships include the American Educational Research Association (AERA), California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (Co-Chair of the Diversity and Cultural Competence Committee), and The Council of Exceptional Children. 

Dr. Hill has been a Keynote Speaker and presenter at the International Congress of Educators in Lima, Peru.

Deans for Impact, through the Impact Academy program, has built the capacity of more than 100 leaders of educator-preparation programs since 2015. 

Deans for Impact describes its programs as committed to reflecting the broad diversity of programs to prepare new educators. Thirty percent of fellows are leaders of color, and they represent institutions in more than 15 states, including public and private universities, 35 percent MSIs (minority-serving institutions), and non-traditional programs. 

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