Parkersburg, W.Va. 10/26/12 – Dr. Waltrina Dufor began at WVU Parkersburg as the interim dean of academic affairs in August. She was formerly the program lead and assistant professor of higher education at Argosy University Atlanta.
Dufor received her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. degree from Misericordia University and a doctorate of philosophy in higher education from Indiana State University. She has spent most of her professional career in higher education, working for such types of institutions as private Christian, private historically-black college, and for-profit.
“The academic affairs unit welcomes Dr. Dufor who comes with a strong background in higher education, student services and assessment,” said Dr. Rhonda Tracy, WVU Parkersburg senior vice president for academic affairs. “She is a wonderful addition to our unit, particularly as we complete institutional requirements for continuing accreditation.”
Recently, Dufor co-authored a book chapter “Direction along the path.” In addition, she has presented at professional association conferences and has served on a variety of institutional and community committees of service.
Among her recognitions, Dufor has received the “Teacher of the Year Award for Academic Excellence” as an undergraduate and graduate adjunct faculty member. She also received the “Dissertation of the Year Award” from the Indiana State University College of Education for her research on “The Professional Development Experiences of African American Women: ACE Fellows Program.”
Her service to the community and to higher education has also garnered several research awards and honorable recognition awards. Dufor is also a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Sisters of the Academy, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and enjoys yoga in her spare time.