Valparaiso University has named Phillip Powell as special assistant to the provost for inclusion, effective June 1, 2014. Powell, a Northern Illinois University alumnus, currently serves on Valpo’s faculty in the communication department.
“Professor Powell is an accomplished leader on Valpo’s faculty and an excellent selection for this position,” said Mark R. Schwehn, ’67, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “He continually demonstrates a true commitment to fostering a campus environment where women and men of differing backgrounds, cultures, and faiths may come together in open dialogue built on mutual respect and understanding.”
In his role, Powell will work closely with students, faculty, staff, and community members to explore opportunities and develop a proactive and positive strategy to make Valparaiso a more inclusive and welcoming community.
“I look forward to working with the leadership of the university to help shape a more holistic vision for diversity and inclusion,” Powell said.
Powell joined Valpo’s faculty in 1994 and has been actively involved on campus through the Diversity Concerns Committee, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee, Faculty Senate, the Campus Community Policy Committee, and the Creative Work and Research Committee.
In addition to his role as an educator, Powell works closely with Valpo students outside of the classroom. He co-advises the Black Student Organization (BSO) and assists students in planning focus sessions for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, Black History Month activities, and other cultural events, as well as facilitating seminars on interpersonal communication, race and ethnicity, and organizational leadership. This role also provides Powell with the opportunity to interact with other multicultural student organizations including Latinos in Valparaiso for Excellence (LIVE) and Alliance, the LGBTQ student organization.
Powell holds both an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Studies) from NIU. He is chair of the Multicultural Studies Division of the Broadcast Education Association, has authored many book reviews and scholarly publications and is frequently invited to present at national conferences and seminars.