Responsible for two key aspects of ClemsonForward as it relates to graduate students, a new assistant dean for professional development and inclusive excellence will join the Graduate School staff on August 15 to help Clemson improve the quality of graduate education and expand diversity, inclusion and equity throughout the University community.

Tia N. Dumas

Tia N. Dumas is currently a clinical assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville, where she works closely with the Nystrand Center of Excellence in Education and the Mary K. Oxley and University of Louisville Foundations design team to improve and sustain a clinical model of educator preparation in five Signature Partnership Initiative (SPI) schools. The SPI is a University-wide effort to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of West Louisville. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a postdoctoral research fellow and projects manager in the Nystrand Center.

Her role at the Graduate School will include the development of a robust professional development program for graduate students, working with various campus units and groups to build and sustain a supportive and effective educational environment for all graduate students, particularly students from underrepresented communities in graduate education.  Dumas will also hold a clinical appointment in the Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development.

“As someone who examines cultural competence in educational contexts, I’m excited about partnering with the diverse students, faculty, staff and Clemson community as we work together to sustain real quality and build a truly, fully inclusive campus community,” says Dumas.

“I worked with Dr. Dumas at the University of Louisville,” says Jason W. Osborne, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School, “and the fit of her experience and research in professional development and multicultural competence with the goals of this new position is going to be a huge gain for Clemson. It’s going to improve the graduate experience at Clemson and add to the value of a Clemson graduate degree.”

Dumas will also be working with Student Affairs to make graduate student orientation better serve the diverse needs of all new graduate students, as well as supporting the goals of the Graduate School’s faculty fellows, and more.

Dumas earned her PhD in counseling and personnel services at the University of Louisville. For more than 12 years prior to earning her PhD, she collaborated with professionals from a variety of campus functional areas at the University of Oregon and at Lousiville (e.g., admissions, orientation and family programs, career centers, graduate schools, counseling services, disability services, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer [LGBTQ] programs, fraternity and sorority programs, and international student programs) to promote the retention and persistence of historically underrepresented and disenfranchised populations by creating and implementing programs and services that support academic achievement and leadership development throughout the college-to-career pipeline.