Rhode Island College appoints Dingus-Eason to lead the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

After a national search, Rhode Island College has tapped Jeannine Dingus-Eason, Ph.D., to lead its Feinstein School of Education and Human Development. She brings nearly 20 years of higher education experience to the leadership role.

Dr. Dingus-Eason currently serves as an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Ed.D. in Executive Leadership Program in the School of Education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. She joined the college in 2007 after serving four years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Rochester. She also has held teaching appointments at Antioch University and South Seattle Community College, both in Seattle, WA.

After receiving her master’s degree, in 1994, she served three years as a secondary English teacher with the Rochester City School District.

She received both her Bachelor of Arts in English degree, with a specialization in American and African American literature, and her Master of Science in Education degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Rochester. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Her teaching and research areas include qualitative research methods, diversity-centered leadership, African American teaching philosophies and pedagogies; recruitment and retention of teachers of color; collective mentoring of Black women faculty, staff, and administrators; and, the history of African American education. Her book, A Thousand Worries: Black Mothers of Sons with Autism, is under contract with SUNY Press in Albany, NY.