Wayne State University

Outreach & Engagement News

College Appoints New Director of Outreach

Published Saturday, December 1, 2012

On October 15, 2012, Allia L. Carter, Ph.D. began her appointment as the first Director of (Academic) Outreach in the College of Education at Wayne State University. Previously, Dr. Carter served as Assistant Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Prior to Bowling Green State University, she served in administrative capacities at Georgia College and State University, Ohio University, and our own Wayne State University (2000-2004). After graduating from Redford High School in Detroit at the age of 15, Carter earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan. She continued her education at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, completing a Master of Science in Education in Educational Administration and Higher Educationin 1996, and in 2012 she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Carter has maintained active memberships in several higher education organizations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and Association for Institutional Research (AIR).She is an active member in several community-based organizations, and has served as the past president, vice president, and public relations chair of the Milledgeville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Based on her active engagement in her community, Allia has forged a solid reputation as a public speaker, presenter, fundraiser, and researcher, with specific expertise regarding building collaborative educational and leadership models.

As Director of Outreach, Carter will work closely with the College of Education’s assistant deans, academic program coordinators, and field-based educators to design and implement high-quality, responsive, agile programs and partnerships that increase the visibility of the college and meet the needs of educators in the metropolitan Detroit area and beyond.  Carter has been working diligently with a team of college faculty and staff to build public awareness of the College of Education and to create new initiatives that promote urban education. “The work that I do cannot be done in isolation, and if it was not for the help of Dr. Linda Jimenez, Joyce Krause, Asia Myles, and Dr. Sally Roberts, I would not be able to accomplish what I have been charged to do,” said Dr. Carter.  The outreach team plans on focusing on three main goals this year: (1) Promotion: increasing the recognition of our academic programs, faculty members, and  the overall visibility of the College of Education; (2) Recruitment: increasing the enrollment of graduate and undergraduate level students in the College of Education; and (3) Engagement: building sustainable programs that create pathways to higher education and relationships with community agencies, schools, and businesses in the surrounding areas. She has also assembled a communications team comprised of several college staff members to assist her in these efforts primarily regarding publications.

“Dr. Carter will be a key driver of the college’s goal to increase visibility and improve communication. She will provide strategic leadership for developing and implementing educational partnerships to improve the educational pathways of students and community members, while working to enhance the success and persistence of current students,” said Dr. Carolyn M. Shields, Dean of the College of Education.

“I am most excited and humbled to be returning to Wayne State University as the College of Education’s first Director of Outreach,” Carter said. “Because Wayne State is a great and highly ranked public university with a distinguished faculty, stellar staff, exceptional students, nationally-known programs and dedicated administration with a lot of vision, I could not resist coming back to the institution that has been committed to the city of Detroit and its surrounding communities since 1868.  It a pleasure to come back home and to serve my community.”

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