Dean's Office

Garisson-Wade, Dorothy

Dorothy Garrison-Wade PhD

Associate Professor Emerita & Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • School of Education & Human Development


Primary Phone:303-315-4957

Mailing Address:
  • CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Denver, CO 80204

Dorothy F. Garrison-Wade joined the School of Education & Human Development in 2004. She has made a major impact to the Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies (ALPS) program (currently named LEO). In 2013, she joined the Dean's Team as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and provides support to faculty.

Prior to joining CU Denver, Dr. Garrison-Wade served in public and private schools as a secondary school principal, counselor, secondary and postsecondary teacher and researcher.

These experiences spur her research agenda that targets inequitable and unfair educational opportunities for individuals, based on race, disability, gender, or social status. Dorothy’s publications and presentations in educational leadership challenge the oppressive racial structure within society and advocate transformation in social structures and institutions that subordinate people of color.

Areas of Expertise

  • Equity issues
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Recruiting and retention of African-American teachers (secondary and postsecondary institutions)
  • Students with disabilities
  • Inclusive education

Education, Licensure & Certifications

PhD Colorado State University


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