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Office of the Provost announces selection of Dr. Thomas P. Horejes as associate provost for Student Success and Academic Quality

June 13, 2017

Dear Campus Community:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas P. Horejes as Associate Provost for Student Success and Academic Quality. In this role, Dr. Horejes will provide vision, long-range planning, and direction to the units that promote student success and ensure academic quality. In doing so, he will ensure that the work of these units aligns with the University’s six priorities: bilingualism; campus climate, diversity, equity, and inclusion; institutional leadership and strategic planning; student success; strengthening and diversifying revenue streams; and academic vitality and strategic positioning.

For the last three years, Dr. Horejes has been executive director of Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Incorporated (DEAF, Inc.) in St. Louis, Missouri. While there, he secured two federal grant sub-awards, one of which involved studying deaf students in postsecondary settings. He established the agency as a state-sanctioned communication access technology demonstration center and launched youth and family programs to support parents and deaf and hard of hearing youth, ensuring their access to communication and resources. Dr. Horejes also improved productivity and internal controls at the agency, bringing it in three years from an operating deficit to a healthy surplus. He was responsible for an annual operating budget of $3 million and the management of 15 employees and over 50 independent contractors. DEAF, Inc. has a large social media following, and its #DeafThat community project has had over six million views. Dr. Horejeswas a member of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), and served as an education advocate for the Missouri Association for the Deaf.

Dr. Horejes earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in social justice from the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. His training examined current social justice issues, such as human rights, against a backdrop of legal systems, law, and culture to create meaningful, real-world impact through public policy and systems change. He joined the Gallaudet University faculty in January 2010, serving until May 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Sociology program. He has written and published 12 peer-reviewed articles. He also has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator of 10 grants, including a three-year, $495,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation for a cross-national comparative study analyzing the acculturation of deaf children to national and Deaf cultures in early education. This project, which examined kindergarten classes in the United States, France, and Japan, resulted in numerous publications and presentations, and will be the subject of a forthcoming book.

I want to express my sincere appreciation to members of the Associate Provost Search Committee for the time and effort they devoted to this important search:  Dr. Caroline Solomon, chair; Dr. Kathleen Wood, Edgar Palmer, Dr. Gaurav Mathur, Dr. Lindsay Buchko, and Thelma Schroeder. Dr. Horejes will begin his new position on Monday, July 10, 2017; his office will be located in College Hall, room 408. Please join me in welcoming him back to Gallaudet and wishing him much success.


Carol J. Erting

Posted by Phil Dignan | Posted June 16, 2017 at 7:37 AM


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