Satasha L. Green, Ph.D.

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Dean, College of Education

Chicago State University

Chicago

Age: 39

 

When Satasha L. Green became dean of the College and Education at Chicago State University, it added to her list of stellar achievements by someone not yet 40 years old. Green was the first African-American, tenured-track faculty member appointed to the Exceptional Education Department in the School of Education at Buffalo State College; the first African-American associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage; and the first African-American dean of the School of Education at New York Institute of Technology. At Buffalo State College, she was honored three times for promoting equity and campus diversity.

 

Green attributes these achievements to the counsel of father, who “believed in my ability and never let me give up on myself and my professional dreams,” and to that of two professors who urged her to think outside the box, never to set limits on what she could do, and never to be afraid to have a voice. A long-standing interest in enhancing the experiences of children with disabilities drew her to her present profession of promoting “teacher preparation and culturally responsive teachings for students with disabilities.” She even traveled to Kenya to research the cross-cultural characteristics of autism; co-founded and is the former director of the International Special Education Coalition.

 

Green holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology, a master’s in sociology, with a minor in education and psychology, from Texas A&M University Kingsville, and a Ph.D. in multicultural special education from The University of Texas at Austin. She is an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners. The Council is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for exceptional and gifted individuals and those with disabilities. Her dream is to see all seven classic wonders of the world.