Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion

A member of the Valpo family since 1994, Phillip Powell, Ed.D., serves as Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion, working closely with students, faculty, staff, and community members to explore opportunities and develop a proactive and positive strategy to make Valparaiso a more inclusive and welcoming community.

As Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion, Professor Powell provides crucial oversight as the University further promotes efforts to build connections across campus that enrich the educational experience, including plans such as Generation Study Abroad, a national initiative that promotes global learning opportunities.

Professor Powell has 20 years of experience working with the University teaching Digital Media with an emphasis in Video Production. His previous experience as a Producer and Director in Media Services at Chicago State University, as well as an NBC Affiliate with both WMTV-TV in Madison, Wis. and WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill., helped shape him into a professor who is passionate about educating and leading future generations in an ever-evolving technological world.

His attention to the Valpo community extends outside of the classroom, as he is actively involved on campus through the Diversity Concerns Committee, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee, Faculty Senate, the Campus Community Policy Committee, and the Creative Work and Research Committee. He co-advises the Black Student Organization (BSO) and assists students in planning focus sessions for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, Black History Month activities, and other cultural events, as well as facilitating seminars on interpersonal communication, race and ethnicity, and organizational leadership. This role also provides Professor Powell with the opportunity to interact with other multicultural student organizations including Latinos in Valparaiso for Excellence (LIVE) and Alliance, the LGBTQ student organization.

He is chair of the Multicultural Studies Division of the Broadcast Education Association, has authored many book reviews and scholarly publications, and is frequently invited to present at national conferences and seminars.


B.S. – Northern Illinois University
M.A. – Governors State University
Ed.D. – Northern Illinois University