Paulette Patterson Dilworth

Assistant Vice President

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Paulette Patterson Dilworth has been named Auburn University's assistant vice president for access and community initiatives. Dilworth, an associate professor in the School of Education at Indiana University—Bloomington, will begin the position July 2. Besides a strong affinity for art and music, Dilworth brings to Auburn more than 30 years of experience in higher education diversity consulting and training, recruitment, retention, and teaching.

Dilworth has devoted her professional career and much of her personal life to exploring issues of access, civic engagement, equity, and building community. Dilworth said that she is “honored to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, and students to help Auburn create innovative civic spaces and envision new paths for community. I look forward to cultivating partnerships with those who recognize and understand the need to engage in courageous inquiry and dialogue, and the importance of taking an active role in transforming the future of the state, nation, and world.”

A native of Selma, Alabama, Dilworth earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL. She holds a master’s of art in educational research and a PhD in educational studies from Emory University in Atlanta. Before moving to Indiana University in 2000, she worked at Emory University in the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs as Director of Minority Affairs and Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity Programs.

Active in professional, civic, and higher-education organizations, Dilworth serves on the Executive Board of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies and has chaired the Research Focused on Social Studies SIG of the American Education Research Association. She currently serves as the Equity Chair for Division B—Curriculum Studies and is a member of the Equity Council of the American Education Research Association and Vice President of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies. She was appointed by the mayor of the city of Bloomington to serve on the Commission on the Status of Black Males.

Over the course of her career, she has been recognized with several awards for her contributions to research and service to education including the National Council for Social Studies Exemplary Research Award, The Kipchoge Kirkland Teaching for Social Justice Award, and the Emory University Outstanding Contributions and Service to the University Award. She is author or coauthor of numerous research publications and has been involved as an editor, consultant, reviewer, or contributor in many other print and electronic publishing projects.

Paulette can be contacted at
Phone: (334) 844-5042