Vincent L. Stephens

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

  • Office CAS 107
  • Phone (617) 353-2401
  • Education BS in Mass Communication/Print Journalism at Emerson College
    MA in Popular Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University
    PhD in American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park

Vincent L. Stephens (he/him/his) began as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Arts & Sciences in January 2021. Dr. Stephens serves on the Dean’s cabinet to advise the dean, help define strategic priorities, and develop and implement policy to advance the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. He also provides strategic consultations for faculty, staff, and students, including concerns related to climate, hiring, creation of pipeline programs, and curriculum. Additionally, he oversees the Diversity and Inclusion Action Team formed in October 2020 and co-chaired by Professors Louis Chude-Sokei and Maurice Lee.

Dr. Stephens possesses an array of leadership skills in diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has served as the Director of the Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity at Dickinson College (2015-21) and Director of Multicultural Student Services (2011-15) at Bucknell University. Through these roles he has cultivated specialties in inclusive pedagogy techniques, equitable hiring practices, cultural conflict resolution, dialogue facilitation, and student retention and engagement, among other areas.

He has presented at various state and national conferences, and has had leadership roles in the Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs (PALOMA) and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (PA-NAME). His writing on peer mentoring appears in The Chronicle of Mentoring & Coaching, and he has written about high impact educational practices in National Forensic Journal.

An American Studies scholar, he completed his BS in Mass Communication/Print Journalism at Emerson College, MA in Popular Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University, and PhD in American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park. He is the author of 2019’s Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music (University of Illinois Press) and co-editor of 2017’s Post Racial America? An Interdisciplinary Study (Bucknell University Press). His essays on popular culture have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias. He has also taught at multiple institutions, most recently as a Contributing Faculty member in the Department of Music at Dickinson College (Fall 2018-Fall 2020).