Three Black Women Scholars Who Have Been Appointed University Deans

Pamela McCauley will be the next dean of the School of Engineering at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, effective July 1. Since 2020, she has been serving as an associate dean for academic programs, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. Dr. McCauley’s research has focused on human engineering in information systems, including the human impact on information security and how humans interact with technology regarding disaster management.

Dr. McCauley holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering, all from the University of Oklahoma.

Cheryl Blackman was named dean of the College of Professional Studies at Bowie State University in Maryland, effective July 1. She has been serving as the interim dean of the college, a position she has held for the last two and a half years. She has also served as a faculty member, chair of the department of psychology for 20 years, and associate dean of the College of Professional Studies during its early years. Her current research focuses on the role of peer tutoring and mentoring on student success.

A native of Barbados, Dr. Blackman is a graduate of New York University. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

M. Evelyn Fields, a professor of early childhood education at South Carolina State University, has been appointed dean of the university’s College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Fields had served as the college’s acting dean for the past 15 months. Her primary area of research centers around equity and culturally relevant pedagogy, particularly as it relates to effectively teaching African American boys.

Dr. Fields holds a master’s degree in education and a Ph.D. in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina.

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