In recognition of her professional stature, teaching, research and service, Nancy L. Deutsch has received the 2013 Outstanding Curry Professor Award from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation.
Deutsch is an associate professor of education in the Curry School, working with its programs in research, statistics and evaluation and applied developmental science. She is also director of research with the Young Women Leaders Program and program director for methodology with Youth-NEX: The UVa Center to Promote Effective Youth Development.
She came to the Curry School in 2004 after completing her doctoral studies at Northwestern University. Her research has focused on how adolescent learning and development unfolds in the context of after-school programs and relationships, including mentoring.
In addition to her numerous journal publications and book chapters, Deutsch has authored two books summarizing her research: “Pride in the Projects: Teens Building Identities in Urban Contexts” (New York University Press, 2008) and “After-school Programs and Youth Development: Case Studies of Success and Failure” (co-authored with Barton Hirsch and David DuBois, Cambridge University Press, 2011).
In 2009, Deutsch received the Emerging Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Out-of-School Time Special Interest Group. Earlier this year, she was lauded as a “rising star” in the field of youth mentoring by The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring. She currently serves on an expert panel for the National Center of Education Statistics’ National Household Education Surveys Program, which in 2014 will examine children’s after-school activities.
In addition to her prolific contributions to research, she is known around the Curry School as a collegial and thoughtful leader. In 2012-13, she chaired the Curry School Faculty Council.
Doctoral student Jason Jones noted that Deutsch is the type of faculty member who many Curry students will recall with gratitude in years to come. “Simply put, she is a paragon for how to conduct oneself in academia while balancing intellectual integrity, scholarly rigor and genuine compassion for those with whom she works,” he said.
Deutsch received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College in 1993 and a doctorate of philosophy degree in human development and social policy from Northwestern University in 2004.
She will receive her award at a Curry School of Education dinner on Oct. 24.