Dean Charles R. Martinez, Jr. of the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Associate Professor Richard Reddick as the college’s inaugural Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement and Outreach.
"Dr. Reddick is an exceptional choice for this important position within the College of Education," says Martinez. "His deep ties to Texas, focused leadership work to advance equity and inclusion within education systems, and steadfast commitment building bridges between underserved communities and the university are essential strengths and well aligned with the college’s goals and vision. I can’t wait to work side-by-side with Rich in our efforts to advance equity within the college, across UT, and in our fields of practice."
In this role, Reddick will provide leadership and focus to support the college’s continued commitment to advancing a culture of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. He will lead equity- and inclusion-related initiatives supporting faculty, staff, and students and will serve as one of the college’s Title IX liaisons and chair of the Inclusion and Diversity committee.
"I’m so excited to delve into the role with the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the College of Education. We have an incredible influence—and potential for greater impact—on the children and families of Austin, Texas, the nation, and the world. I look forward to working with our college team in the years ahead on the critical issues of equity and inclusion, which we are all committed to.”
Reddick is a faculty member and leader in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, where he serves as coordinator of the Program in Higher Education Leadership, with courtesy appointments in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.
Reddick currently serves as co-chair of the university’s Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity and Diversity, a faculty fellow in the Institute for Urban Policy Research, and a member of the Strategic Enrollment Management Faculty Working Group, charged by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. He has been assistant director of the Plan II Honors Program since 2014. In addition, he served on the steering committee and as Education Working Group co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Structural Inequity (IRSI) for the City of Austin. This April, he was named one of two 2019 Outstanding Community Based Learning Professors in the annual Tower Awards ceremony, which celebrates extensive civic engagement.
Reddick’s research focuses on several areas: the experiences of Black faculty and faculty of color at predominantly White institutions; mentoring and developmental relationships between faculty and Black students; and work-life balance in academia. His research has been published in the American Educational Research Journal and Harvard Educational Review. In addition, he is a dedicated and prolific public scholar, and has been featured nationally and internationally on NPR, PBS, and the BBC, as well as in Fortune magazine and The Guardian.
Reddick holds a master's and doctorate in higher education from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin.