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Loyola University Chicago Appoints
School of Education Dean
Malik S. Henfield, PhD, is a national leader
in education and counseling

CHICAGO, March 18, 2019—Loyola University Chicago has appointed Malik S. Henfield, PhD, as dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, effective July 1.

Henfield comes to Loyola from the University of San Francisco (USF), where he served as associate dean of academic affairs, research, and faculty advancement and as a professor in USF’s School of Education. Previously, he served as assistant and associate professor at the University of Iowa and as a faculty affiliate of Duke University.

He has published many scholarly articles and books and spoken widely about his scholarship, which situates the African American student experience in broader context to explore critically how personal, social, academic, and career success can be impeded or enhanced by school, family, and community.

“Dr. Henfield’s research in education disparities aligns well with Loyola’s mission to continue addressing societal changes,” said Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, Loyola’s Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer and Health Sciences Division Provost. “As the school aims to prepare socially responsible teachers and counselors, his leadership and experience will model how to successfully meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.”

As a counselor educator, Henfield has worked to diversify the counseling profession to better reflect current demographics. He has researched and consulted on these topics in Atlanta Public Schools, the Baltimore City Public School System, the Oakland Unified School District, and the San Francisco Unified School District, among others.

“I’m excited to be joining an institution that believes in the transformational value of education and the importance of being ‘a person for others,’” said Henfield. “I have devoted my life to encouraging students to strive for excellence, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, and I know those who are a part of Loyola’s School of Education all share in that same goal.”

Over the course of his career, Henfield has received a number of honors, including the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division E Research Paper of the Year Award, the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society’s Outstanding Article Award, and the Outstanding Research Award from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES). He was named an Emerging Leader by the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International Education Association, a Young Academic Fellow by the Institute for Higher Education and the Lumina Foundation, and was elected chair of one of AERA’s largest Special Interest Groups (SIG), the Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Education SIG.

After completing his time as the school’s interim dean, David Slavsky, PhD, will continue to hold his role as the director of Loyola’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

“We are deeply grateful to David Slavsky for his leadership as interim dean and to the faculty, students, and staff of the School of Education for continued quality work during this transition,” said Callahan.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Education
Supporting the Jesuit ideal of knowledge in the service of humanity, the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in the heart of downtown Chicago, one of America’s most dynamic centers of education and commerce. The school participates in the discovery, development, demonstration, and dissemination of professional knowledge and practice within a context of ethics, service to others, and social justice. Graduates of the school are accomplished leaders in the fields of teaching, counseling, psychology, research methodology, and administration. To learn more about the School of Education, visit LUC.edu/education, “like us” at Facebook.com/LoyolaSOE, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaSOE.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 17,000 students. Nearly 12,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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