Dr. Chance W. Lewis was selected the first Diversity Faculty Fellow by Provost Joan Lorden. Dr. Lewis is the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Executive Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Urban Education Collaborative which is publishing a new generation of research on improving urban schools.
As director of the Urban Education Collaborative, he has been committed to disseminating the next generation of research on the improvement of teaching and learning in urban schools. His research targets achievement gaps in urban education, African American student success in urban K-12 districts and higher education, and recruitment and education of teachers of color for urban education.
In naming Dr. Lewis to the newly created post of faculty fellow for diversity, Provost Lorden cited Lewis’ 23 years of research and experience promoting diversity, inclusion and access in the field of education stating that, “this gives him an extraordinary understanding of diversity, inclusion and access within the context of urban institutions with student populations like those that UNC Charlotte seeks to serve.” Scott Kissau, Chair of the Department of Middle, Secondary and K-12 Education, believes “the wealth of knowledge Chance has gained through his active teaching, research, and service agendas related to diversity has certainly contributed to the success of the department.”
As the new Provost’s Diversity Faculty Fellow, Lewis will chair the newly created Council on University Community Working Group (CCWG) which is designed to accelerate the work of the Campus Plan for Diversity, Access, and Inclusion, with emphasis on those parts that pertain directly to the Division of Academic Affairs. Under Lewis’ direction, the CCWG will work to increase the visibility, coordination, and impact of the Campus Plan and ongoing initiatives throughout the Division.