Marcelle Haddix appointed Associate Vice-Rector for Strategic Initiatives
Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter today announced the appointment of Marcelle Haddix, Dean’s Emeritus Professor of Literacy, Race and Justice in Reading and Language Arts, as Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees approved the appointment, which is effective February 14, 2022. Haddix has been at Syracuse University since 2008.
“Professor Haddix’s leadership will be essential in advancing our ambitious goals of academic excellence in a university that is welcoming to all,” says Ritter. “In this new role, she will help us meet the growing needs of students, faculty and university management. I am confident that her distinction as a scholar, her experience as an academic leader, her considerable ability to connect with people, and her extensive community relationships – both within the University and with the city of Syracuse – will constitute a considerable asset for the University. and will help complement my team of seasoned leaders in academic affairs.
The Vice-Rector for Strategic Initiatives is a new position that will play an important role in connecting academic affairs with the campus and surrounding community. Professor Haddix will serve as the primary liaison and coordinator with the University Senate and liaison with Syracuse University Libraries, the Office of Community Relations, and the University’s many academic programs with community or experiential learning. She will also work to link Academic Affairs with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Inclusive Leadership Assembly, the Women’s Leadership Initiative, and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.
Haddix will advance specific diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives and oversee freshman seminary and women in science and engineering. She will also serve as the senior administrator overseeing the University-wide arts and humanities organizations, affiliates, and research programs, coordinating the activities of the many independent affiliates like La Casita and the Community Folk Art Center, and directly overseeing the Syracuse University Art Museum, Light Work, the Coalition. museums and art centers, and the Lender Center for Social Justice.
“I am grateful for the many opportunities throughout my career that have allowed me to work with members of the community at Syracuse University and beyond. I was able to work across all disciplines and help lead in our most difficult times. What excites me about this new role is the potential to create these opportunities for our colleagues, our students and our community,” says Haddix.
Haddix is the Dean’s Professor Emeritus of Literacy, Race and Justice in the Department of Reading and Language Arts in the School of Education. Her academic interests focus on the experiences of students of color in literacy and English language education and teacher education and the importance of centering blackness in educational practices and community spaces. She leads literacy programs for Syracuse’s teen and adult communities, including the Writing Our Lives project for young urban writers, for which she was awarded the 2020 Orange Circle Award, and a literary club. for black women and a free library project. She is a co-founder of the Sankofa Reproductive Health & Healing Center and a founding member of Cafe Sankofa Cooperative in the South Side community of Syracuse.
Haddix is an affiliate faculty member in the departments of African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. She holds courtesy positions in the Departments of Nutrition and Food Studies and Cultural Foundations of Education. She chaired the Department of Reading and Language Arts at the School of Education from 2015-21. English, as well as a senior teacher in the honors program at Renée Crown University. She was founding co-director of the Lender Center for Social Justice. She also served as Chair of the University Senate Agenda Committee from 2019 to 2021.
Haddix’s work is featured in Research in the Teaching of English, English Education, Linguistics and Education; the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy; and his book, “Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me,” which received the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She has already received a Meredith Teaching Recognition Award and the Seinfeld Scholar Award. In 2021, Haddix received the Divergent Award for Excellence in Promoting Literacy from the Initiative for 21st Century Literacies Research. She is also past president of the Literacy Research Association.