Title: Professor Emeritus, Educational Policy and Leadership The Ohio State University
Anne S. Pruitt-Logan is professor emeritus of educational policy and leadership at the Ohio State University. During her 17-year tenure at Ohio State, she also served as associate dean of the graduate school, associate provost and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.
Prior to joining the Ohio State faculty in 1979, becoming the university’s first African-American woman full professor, she served as professor of education at Case Western Reserve University and previously in positions as dean of students and dean of women at Fisk University and Albany (Ga.) State College.
Following her 1995 retirement from Ohio State, she served for eight years at the Council of Graduate Schools as dean in residence, then scholar in residence. During this time, she co-directed a new nationwide program, “Preparing Future Faculty,” an initiative to stimulate the reform of doctoral education for the professoriate. She served as primary investigator for more than $3 million of the program’s grants to extend PFF into the preparation of future science, mathematics, humanities and social science faculty.
From the start of her career, she has focused on improving access to education for underserved populations. From 1979 to 1985, as associate dean of the Ohio State Graduate School, she worked to increase federal support for minorities and women to enter nontraditional fields such as engineering and mathematics. She also held major consultancies with the Southern Regional Education Board and the Southern Education Foundation to dismantle the dual segregated system of higher education.
Significant developments during her tenure as director of the university’s Center for Teaching Excellence include the video presentation titled “Teaching for Black Student Retention,” the first interdisciplinary National Conference for Graduate Teaching Assistants and the organization of the Academy of Teaching, composed of Ohio State faculty members who have won distinguished teaching and Distinguished Scholar Awards.