Oct. 15, 2007— Stanley C. Trent, associate professor in the department of curriculum, instruction and special education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, has been appointed as the school’s first assistant dean of diversity and equity.
Trent joined the Curry School faculty in 1997. He teaches courses in special education and minority issues in education and is currently involved in research focusing on preparing teachers for diversity in special- and general-education classrooms and the underrepresentation of minority students in programs for the gifted and talented.
“Stan has been doing an absolutely terrific job in only two months in this new role,” said Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School, who created the position. “The assistant dean will facilitate, lead and organize all of our efforts related to diversity. Stan is participating in all searches, working on developing student-recruitment pipelines and establishing an approach to develop diversity content for the curriculum. Our goal is for every student to have contact with curricular content in diversity.
“Stan is also facilitating and helping with a new grant that we have received for summer internships for undergraduates of color from historically black colleges and universities.”
Trent received his bachelor’s degree in special education from Virginia State University before earning the master’s at Temple University and his Ph.D. from the Curry School.
Prior to returning to Curry in 1997, he was an assistant professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University.
Trent spent more than a decade in the classroom and as a supervisor for the Chesterfield (Va.) County Public Schools, where he worked primarily with children with learning disabilities .
Trent was the 2002 recipient of the Alpha Phi Foundation's Professor of the Year Award, International. In 2002, he was the lead author of an article in volume 25 of the journal Teacher Education and Special Education that won the outstanding publication award. Trent's article was "Addressing Ethics, Power, and Privilege in Inclusive Classrooms in Urban Schools: A Cultural-Historical Approach."
Trent’s primary goals for Curry this year are to increase the diversity of faculty and students, increase awareness about diversity and educational equity, and to increase the inclusion of diversity content in programs and courses.