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Olga M. Welch, Ed.D.

Dean and Professor
School of Education

107 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1360


Ed.D., Educational Administration and Supervision; Minors: Sociology and Special Education (Deaf Education),The University of Tennessee, 1977
M.S., Deaf Education, The University of Tennessee, 1972,
B.A., Major: History; Minors: English and Education, Howard University, 1971

Dr. Olga M. Welch, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University and the University of Tennessee, is Dean of the School of Education at Duquesne University.  Before coming to Duquesne, she was Professor Emerita in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, at the University of Tennessee.  Dr. Welch has authored/co-authored several publications, chapters, and books, and serves on many journal editorial boards.  Most recently , she completed an edited volume entitled Turnaround Leadership: Deans of Color as Change Agents (Peter Lang Publishing), that applied Fullan and Scott's theory of turnaround leadership to the change initiatives of six deans of color.  Additionally, with Dr. Diane S. Pollard, she examined the construction of research epistemologies by women of color in their edited volume, From Center to Margins: The Importance of Self-Definition in Research (SUNY Press).

Since arriving in Pittsburgh, Dr. Welch has been invited to serve on multiple Pittsburgh community and professional boards including the Pittsburgh Promise, Pittsburgh Public Schools High School Reform Board, the Founding Advisory Board of Entrepreneuring Youth, and the Board of "Communities in Schools."  She is also the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA, as well as a member of the Hill House Association Advisory Board.

In May 2009, she was the recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership in Education Award, and the Recipient of 50 Women of Excellence Award, The New Pittsburgh Courier, September 2009,



Welch, O.M. (Ed.) (2012).  Turnaround Leadership: Deans of Color as Change Agents. New York: Peter Lang Publishing Company.

Pollard, D. & Welch, O.M. (Eds.) (2006).  From Center to Margins:  The Importance of Self-Definition in

Research.  New York:  SUNY Press.


Welch, O.M., & Hodges, C.R. (2003). Making Schools Work: Negotiating Educational Meaning and

Transforming the Margins. In Adolescent Cultures, School and Society: Vol. 8. New York: Peter Lang Publishing



Welch, O.M. & Hodges, C.R. (1997). Standing Outside on the Inside: The Failed Promise of Equal Education.  New York: SUNY Press.




Welch, O.M. (2010) Walking on a Trampoline - The Role of Complexity, Change, and Execution in Leading A School of Education. In Johnson III, R. & Harris, G.L.A. (Eds.) Women of Color: Taking Their Rightful Place in Leadership. San Diego, CA Birkdale Publishers.  (Invited Chapter and in Press)


Welch, O.M. (2008). Scholar Identity and Academic Achievement in African American Adolescents:  Is there a connection?  In Hudley, C. & Gottfried, A.E. (Eds.)  Academic Motivation and the Culture of Schooling:  Understanding School Success in Childhood and Adolescence. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Welch, O.M., Patterson, F.E., Scott, K.A., & Pollard, D.S. (2007).  Gender equity for African Americans.  In S.S. Klein (Ed.), Handbook for achieving gender equity through education (2nd ed.).  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Welch, O.M. (2006).  Seeing with cultural eyes:  Leadership for change in multicultural schools.  In V.O. Pang (Ed.), Race, ethnicity, and education:  Principles and practices of multicultural education (Vol. 1).  New York:  Praeger.

Pollard, D. & Welch, O.M. (2001). One Size Does Not Fit All: An Examination of Issues in Enhancing Academic Achievement of African American Pre-College Students (Vol. 1), Research on African American Education (pp. 369-388). Greenwich CT: Information Age Publishing, Inc.


Welch, O.M. (2000).  Building a Multicultural Curriculum: Issues and Dilemmas. In Christensen, K. & Delgado, G. (Eds.),  Deaf Plus: A Multicultural Perspective (pp. 1-28)  San Diego: Dawn Sign Press.


Welch, O.M. (1997) An Examination of Effective Mentoring Models in Academe. In Frierson, H.T. (Ed.), Diversity in Higher Education: Mentoring and Diversity in Higher Education (Vol. 1), (pp. 41-62). Greenwich, CT:  JAI Press, Inc., 1997.


Welch, O.M. (1995).  Exceptional Children from Diverse Cultures: An Overlooked Population in the Movement Toward Inclusion. In Larkin, J. & Sleeter, C. (Eds.), Developing Multicultural Teacher Education Curricula (pp. 247-258).  Kenosha WI: University of Wisconsin-Parkside Press. (Invited Chapter)


Welch, O.M. (1993).  The Case for Inclusive Dialogue in Knowing, Teaching, and Learning About Multicultural Education. In Hollingsworth, S. & Sockett, H. (Eds.), Teacher Research and Educational Reform: Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Teaching (pp.52-65).  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.  (Invited Chapter).


Articles in Refereed Journals:


Welch, O.M., et al., International Collaborative (2003). Cross-Cultural Definitions of Inclusion for Deaf Students: A Comparative Analysis.  Deafness & Education International, 5(1), pp. 1-19.

Invited Articles in Refereed Journals:


Welch, O.M. (Summer 2009).  Point/Counterpoint.  Priming the Pump: The Conundrum of Diversifying the PipelineUCEA Review, Volume 50 Number2. 


Welch, O.M. (July 2005).  Making the Familiar Strange: Inclusion, Exclusion, and ErasureJournal of Women in Educational Administration.  SIG:  Research on Women in Education.  Sam Houston University, Lubbock, TX.

Book Forwards


Welch, O.M. (2011). Prologue. In G. Jean-Marie, B. Lloyrd-Jones Women of Color in Higher Education: Changing Directions and New Perspectives (pp. xiii - xix). United Kingdom: Emerald Group Limited.

Article Reviews:


Welch, O.M. (2001), Developing Curricular Solutions to Barriers to Higher Education for Low Socio-Economic Status Students: An Informational Seminar for Secondary School Administrators, a manuscript submitted to Educational Research: A Journal of the American Educational Research Association.




Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

Member AERA - American Educational Review Association

Member AACTE - American Association of Colleges For Teacher Education 

Member OIA - Organization of Institutional Affiliates, American Education Research Association

Member CADREI - Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions

Member UCEA - University Council for Educational Administration

Member WID - Women in the Deanship Association

Member (Appointed), American Educational Research Association Books Editorial Board (AERA), 2009-2014.

Chair (1998 - 2001) and Member (1993 - 2002, 2009 - Present), National Advisory Group for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, (appointed by U. S. Department of Education).

Member (Invited), 21st Century Skills Advisory Group, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), November 2009 - Present.

Invited Reviewer, International Studies in Educational Administration - University of Southampton, School of Education, United Kingdom, 2008 - Present.

Community Affiliations

Founding Board Member, Entrepreneuring Youth, May 2009 - Present.

Member & Elected Secretary, The Pittsburgh Promise, May 2008 - Present.

Member, High School Reform Task Force - Pittsburgh Public Schools, 2007 - Present.

Board Member, Communities in Schools, Pittsburgh, PA (May 2006-Present, elected Vice President May 2009).

Member and Elected Vice President (re-elected), Board of Directors - YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, 2005 - Present, Elected Vice President December 2008, Chair - CEO Committee (July 2008 - December 2008)

Mentor, Barbara Jackson Scholars Program - UCEA, 2005 - Present.

Member, Editorial Board - American Annals of the Deaf, 2003 - Present.


Recipient, Women of Excellence, The New Pittsburgh Courier, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh (September 2009)

Recipient, A Tribute to Woman Leadership in Education Award, YWCA, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh (May 2009)

Recipient, Leadership in Education, Pittsburgh Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh (May 2008)

Co-Recipient, Angie Warren Perkins Award for Excellence in Governance and Administration, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (April 2004).

Recipient, Excellence in Educational Administration Award, National Association of Black Social Workers (The University of Tennessee Chapter) (April 2004).

Recipient, Professor of the Year Award, Phi Delta Kappa (Alpha Kappa Chapter), (March 2002)   

Recipient, Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (April 1998)

Recipient, Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Service to the University, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (April 1996)

Co-Recipient, E. C. Merrill Distinguished Research Award (Department of Special Services Education) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (May 1995)

Recipient, National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (April 1994)

Co-Recipient, E.C. Merrill Distinguished Research Award (Department of Special Services Education) The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (May 1992)

First Recipient, Seminole Humanitarian Award Colloquium of Doctors, LTD; Atlanta, Georgia (July 1991)

Nominated for National Executive Board, Council of American Instructors Serving the Deaf (February 1991)

Co-Recipient, E.C. Merrill Distinguished Research Award (Department of Special Services Education), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (May 1990)