Dr. Adrienne Hoard is new director of Black Studies Program

Hoard will promote growth and incorporate Africana arts

Adrienne Walker Hoard, Ed.D., has been named the new director of the Black Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Hoard currently serves as professor of art and art education, and affiliate professor in the Black Studies program, at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She will begin her duties at UMKC on Sept. 1.

“I have always been involved in Black Studies and honored to assume the role of director of UMKC’s program,” said Hoard. “This position grants me the opportunity to return to my passion for communicating the many facets of Black Studies with youth and adults.”

Hoard’s goals for the program include expanding the curriculum to incorporate African American art and to complete the development of an undergraduate major in Black Studies. The program currently offers a minor, a graduate certificate and a master’s emphasis in the area of Black Studies.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Hoard join our UMKC faculty and to take the lead as director in the Black Studies Program,” said Gail Hackett, executive vice chancellor and provost. “We look forward to working with her to grow the program on campus and in the community.”

Hoard has served as professor in Black Studies and Fine Arts at The Ohio State University, has received recognition as a distinguished professor at two South Korean and two South African universities, and has served as chair of the department of art education for the Louisiana State University School of Art. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and a Ford Foundation Fellow.

Her development of curricula, utilizing a multiethnic canon for graduate and undergraduate students in education, has produced coursework, dialogue, strategies and in-service workshops for diversity training among private and public sector workforces in the United States and South Africa. She also served as head of adult education for the Brooklyn Museum, where she developed programming to interpret exhibitions for adult and youth audiences.

Jacqueline Wood, Ph.D., associate professor in the Black Studies Program, is currently serving as interim director.

Since 1993, Hoard has served as artist, arts educator, arts executive and entrepreneur for her own creative arts company, Homegirl, Inc.

Her experience as a professor in Black Studies, an art educator and a team builder – bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds and differing views – is broad and widely recognized.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Hoard will be joining the faculty at UMKC and leading the Black Studies program,” said Dean Wayne Vaught, Professor of Philosophy, Medicine and Bioethics. “Her expertise, along with her passion for working with students, will allow her to have an immediate and positive impact on this program. I believe she will build the program to become a vital community resource.”

Hoard received her doctorate degree in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill., in 1986; her master of fine arts from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1972; and her bachelor of science from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., in 1970.

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