A Milestone Faculty Appointment at the University of Mississippi

RoSusan Bartee is the first African American to be named a full professor in the department of leadership and counselor education at the University of Mississippi. Fifty years ago this month, the first African American student, James Meredith, enrolled at Ole Miss.

A member of the faculty since 2006, Professor Bartee also serves as program coordinator for the master’s specialist and doctoral programs in educational leadership. Prior to joining the faculty at Ole Miss, she was associate director of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. She also served as the interim executive director of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund. Dr. Bartee previously taught at the University of Maryland and the University of Illinois.

Dr. Bartee is a graduate of Tougaloo College in Mississippi. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a doctorate in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois.

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  1. I do not know Professor Bartee or her work yet. But I will have to get to know it. I am absolutely thrilled — being myself native Mississippian, African American, a graduate of Northwestern, and a friend of Tougaloo.

    That such a person as Dr. Bartee should now receive such an appointment at Ole Miss has a significance that others from the rest of the world may find it hard to absorb at the same level. More power to her, and commendation to the University leadership that has the clarity to make such an appointment. May there be many more in many fields.

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