Rachel Endō

Dean and Professor
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Rachel Endō recently became Founding Dean of the School of Education at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Prior to joining the University of Washington Tacoma, she was Inaugural Chair of the Teacher Education Department in the School of Education at Hamline University, where she led the university's largest department. Prior to her time at Hamline University, she was Faculty Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the College of St. Mary, where she also was a Core Faculty Member in the Creative Arts and Communication Program and Teacher Education Department. Before becoming a faculty member, she held various administrative and teaching positions in Illinois and Nebraska.

A first-generation college student, she started her postsecondary pursuits at Metropolitan Community College. She then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she was part of the Project Achieve TRIO program, and then 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 with a cognate in Comparative Ethnic Studies is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was a University of Illinois Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and received multiple awards for academic excellence and research innovation.

Honors and Awards

She has been widely recognized inter/nationally for her commitment to equity and excellence in education. For example, she is the 2018 recipient of the international Arthur R. King, Jr. Award for Curriculum Innovation and Promoting Equity in Education. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018 through the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2017, she received the Carl A. Grant Excellence in Research Award through the National Association for Multicultural Education, and 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 (SIG 94).

Moreover, she has been recognized for teaching excellence and innovation. For example, she was named by the National General Board of Higher Education 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, she received dozens of other awards and recognitions for her service to underrepresented communities, families, and youth, as well as for excellence in mentoring and supporting educators, learners, and scholars who are indigenous and of color.

Scholarly Interests

A nationally recognized scholar of Asian/American education, bilingual education, critical/decolonizing approaches to multicultural education, immigrant/refugee education, transnational studies in 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.

Her most recent book is titled The Incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940s: Literature for the High School Classroom (2018, Urbana, IL- The National Council of Teachers of English).