Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore to deliver address at 2014 Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore ‘99 Ph.D., the Graduate School’s 2014 Distinguished Alumna

The Graduate School’s 2014 Distinguished Alumna is Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore, who received her Ph.D. in sociology from Notre Dame in 1999. Dr. Rockquemore, President and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, will deliver the address at the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m., Compton Family Ice Arena.

While a graduate student, Dr. Rockquemore won both the John J. Kane Memorial Award for the Most Outstanding Graduate Student in Sociology and then the Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Award for the most outstanding student in the social sciences. She entered academia and went on to earn tenure at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she held appointments in Sociology and African American Studies. Her research interest is in multiracial children and the politics of racial categorization.

After earning tenure, Dr. Rocquemore’s interests shifted to creating supportive communities for pre-tenure faculty, particularly in regard to writing productivity and work-life balance. She wrote The Black Academic’s Guide to Winning Tenure Without Losing your Soul and then founded the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, which offers on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs to graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty members. The NCFDD currently has 24 institutional members, including Notre Dame, Stanford, and the University of California at Berkeley. It has drawn great praise from college leaders and workshop participants, many of whom have described the workshops as “transformative.”

Dr. Rockquemore is the author of Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America (with David Brunsma) and Raising Biracial Children (with Tracey Laszloffy); 15 refereed journal articles, 11 book chapters, and numerous columns for Inside Higher Education. In 2005, she received the Exemplary Mentoring Award from the Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and in 2009, the A. Wade Smith Award for Teaching, Mentorship, and Service from the Association of Black Sociologists.

Dr. Rockquemore will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award at the Graduate School Awards Dinner on May 16. Her address will be the centerpiece of the Graduate School Commencement ceremony the next day, when the University will honor its master’s and doctoral degree recipients.

For more information, see the list of previous winners of the Distinguished Alumna/us Award.