Rachel Endo recently became Founding Dean of the School of Education at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Prior to joining UW Tacoma, Endo was Chair and Professor of the Teacher Education Department at Hamline University, and prior to that, served as the Faculty Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the College of St. Mary. Before becoming a faculty member, she held various administrative and teaching positions in Illinois and Nebraska.
Endo has been widely recognized for her commitment to equity and service to historically underrepresented and underserved populations. She is the 2017 recipient of the Inaugural Don T. Nakanishi Excellence in Mentorship Award through the American Educational Research Association’s Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans Special Interest Group. She was named as Hamline University’s 2015 Exemplary Teacher of the Year, and was also recognized as Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of St. Mary in 2010. In 2004, she received the Distinguished Leadership and Service Award from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and was also named an outstanding Student Affairs Leader at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
A nationally recognized scholar of Asian American education; critical and decolonizing approaches to multicultural education; immigrant and refugee education; and urban education, Endo is the author of multiple publications that have appeared in journals such as Bilingual Research Journal, Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, Education & Urban Society, Equity & Excellence in Education, Journal of Language, Identity & Education, The Urban Review, and Urban Education, among others. She is the author of The Incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940s: Literature for the High School Classroom (National Council for Teachers of English, forthcoming in 2018) and co-editor with Frank Hernandez of Developing and Supporting Critically Reflective Teachers: Diverse Perspectives in the Twenty-First Century (2017, Sense).
Endo is deeply committed to advancing initiatives that promote educational access and equity for historically underrepresented and underserved populations. An alumna of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Project Achieve TRIO program, she went on to obtain an M.P.A. in Public Management, an M.A. in Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology. Her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was also a University of Illinois Pre-Doctoral Fellow.