Dr. Kenann F. McKenzie, M.Ed., Ph.D. is the Director of the newly created Generous Listening and Dialogue Center (GLADC) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. She previously served as the Director of the Aspire Institute at Boston University, supporting the preK-12 educational sector with professional development opportunities rooted in social justice and community engagement. She has taught courses in research methods and the foundations of education.
Dr. McKenzie has a multinational, multicultural framework that shapes her approach to education and research. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 and grew up in New York City. For the last 20 years, she has worked in the higher education sector as an academic counselor, researcher, lecturer, policy analyst and administrator. She has also worked as a K-12 administrator. Prior to leading Aspire and now GLADC, she served for several years as the Executive Director for the National Board of Education Sciences (NBES) with the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. McKenzie has a BA in Africana Studies from Cornell University, a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia in Social Foundations of Education, and a Ph.D. in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in Beverly, Massachusetts with her family. Dr. McKenzie serves on the Beverly School Committee and is the producer of the Aspiring Spirit Podcast, which focuses on a shared vision for collective good.