Zakiya S. Wilson-Kennedy, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Science
Louisiana State University
Zakiya S. Wilson-Kennedy, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Research in Chemistry Education and the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion within the College of Science at Louisiana State University (LSU). Her research, which investigates the persistence of individuals from all backgrounds in STEM higher education and careers, has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Science Education and Technology and the Journal of Chemical Education. She is an editor on two books, Broadening Participation in STEM: Effective Methods, Practices, and Programs and Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence, and a special topics issue for the Journal of Chemical Education. Dr. Wilson-Kennedy served as the principal investigator for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) organizational recognition for the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives and has received additional honors for her work in broadening participation, diversity, and STEM education. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Jackson State University and her doctorate in computational inorganic chemistry from LSU.