Rachel Endo recently became Founding Dean of the School of Education at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Prior to joining the University of Washington Tacoma, Endo was Chair 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 at the national level for her commitment to equity and excellence in education. In summer 2018, she will accept the Arthur King Award for Curriculum Innovation and Promoting Equity in Education at the Pacific Circle Consortium annual meeting. She is the 2017 recipient of the Carl A. Grant Excellence in Research Award through the National Association for Multicultural Education, an award that recognizes "an individual…[who] has made a significant contribution to advancing our knowledge of multicultural education." Endo also received the 2017 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, an award that honors Nakanishi's legacy of “mentoring and supporting the development of generations of Asian American and Pacific Islander scholars and scholar-activists committed to AAPIs and education."
Moreover, Endo has been recognized for teaching excellence and innovation. She was named as Hamline University’s 2015 Exemplary Teacher of the Year, which recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates "civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution, and the community." She was also recognized as Outstanding Faculty of the Year (by students) at the College of St. Mary in 2010 for her investment in causes that promote gender and racial equity in PK-16 education. In prior years, Endo received other awards and recognition for her service to underrepresented communities, families, and youth.
A nationally recognized scholar of Asian American education; critical and decolonizing approaches to multicultural education; immigrant and refugee education; and urban teacher education, Endo is the author of multiple publications that have appeared in high-impact journals in education 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, 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). She is currently working on two book projects: (a) 'Coloring Outside of the Lines': Counter-Narratives from Scholars of Color in Education, and (b) Racialized Masculinities and Un/desirable Bodies of Difference: Situating the Experiences of Young Males of Color Across the 'Color Line.'
An alumna of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Project Achieve TRIO program, Endo 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.