AACTE Dean in Residence and Dean Emerita and Professor
Leslie T. Fenwick is Dean Emerita and a tenured professor of education policy at Howard University and serves as dean in residence at AACTE. A former Harvard University Visiting Fellow and Visiting Scholar, she is a lifelong educator who has served in every sector of American education. In 2020, Fenwick was one of two fully vetted finalists for the U.S. Secretary of Education position. She holds an appointment by U.S. President Joseph R. Biden to the Board of Visitors for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where she has served since 2017 as a MCLC Senior Fellow lecturing about character leadership and ethics.
She is author of the award-winning and bestselling book Jim Crow’s Pink Slip (Harvard Education Press, 2022). Jim Crow’s Pink Slip is recipient of the 2023 AACTE Gloria Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award and was selected as a National Public Radio (NPR) 2022 Book of the Day after being featured on the NPR program, All Things Considered. Additionally, Fenwick was selected as the 2023 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Brown Distinguished Lecturer in Education Research.
Fenwick’s research and op-ed articles have been cited in and published by the New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Politico, Brookings Institution, National Academy of Education, and the Center for American Progress. She has been an invited keynoter at the National Press Club and appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, Yahoo! Finance News, Washington Post LIVE, and NPR. Additionally, she is co-founder of the Urban Superintendents Academy, which is housed at AASA, The Superintendents Association.
She earned her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University where she was a Flescher Fellow. She is recipient of the WEB DuBois Award for Outstanding Leadership in Higher Education.
Thursday, February 15, 2024
8:00 AM – 5:15 PM MST
Saturday, February 17, 2024
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM MST