Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The annual Women of Color Luncheon, a celebration of diversity and achievement, is planned for noon Tuesday, April 24, in the Falcon Center third floor conference rooms. The event, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, which serves Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College, is intended to honor those who have shown a commitment for treating people equally and for celebrating diversity. This year’s event will be organized by Dr. Tara Brooks, Director of Multicultural Affairs.

Lunch is $10, and those who would like to attend are asked to RSVP by April 16 to (304) 367-4215.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Dooley will be the featured speaker for this year’s event. An administrator, teacher educator, scholar, lyricist, composer, mother, wife, sister and aunt, Dooley is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at West Virginia University and serves as the Provost’s academic officer for undergraduate education.

As the academic officer, she is responsible for providing leadership to WVU’s undergraduate academic programs and modes of instruction; leading the development and implementation of WVU blueprint for student success efforts; and overseeing the Board of Governors program reviews. She is also responsible for supervising the Undergraduate Academic Services Center, Center for Civic Engagement, Military Science and Aerospace Studies (Army and Air Force ROTC), the Resident Faculty Leadership Program and the “First Year Course.” In addition, she is responsible for preparing reports for the WV Higher Education Policy Commission and the Higher Learner Commission. Through her leadership, WVU successfully achieved the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement and successfully received the W.K. Kellogg Outreach Scholarship Award (Northeastern Region) for the Health Sciences Technology Academy. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Chairperson and Professor of the WVU Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies in the College of Human Resources and Education.

Dooley holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alderson Broaddus College and Master of Arts and Doctor of Education Degree from WVU. She served as an Assistant Professor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She holds permanent teacher licensure in Elementary Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-Adult).

Dooley is a staunch advocate of community based programs, and over the years she has directed several programs. She was one of the founding members of the Health Sciences Technology Academy, a statewide science, math and technology enrichment program academy for underserved youth, and served as the Summer Program Director for 15 years. In 2007, she secured a grant from ATT to offer a community based summer Science and Technology Program for grade school students.    

She is currently a member of the WVU McNair Advisor Board, a member of the Office of Special Education Programs Standing Panel for the U.S. Department of Education, a member of the HQ-TEEMS (DOE funded Project) Advisory Board, a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and a member of the Marion County NAACP. Her scholarship consists of numerous articles, book chapters, a textbook and professional presentations focusing on issues of educational equity for culturally diverse learners, underserved youth and students with disabilities.

Dooley as a lyricist and composer has written 19 contemporary gospel songs and produced two CDs. In 2006, she received the City of Fairmont Arts and Humanities Commission Music Award, in recognition of outstanding leadership and devotion to the enhancement of the arts and humanities in Fairmont and surrounding areas.