Chair: Rosalyn M. King, Northern Virginia Community College
| Vice Chair: Heather R. Parker, Saint Leo University-Fl
| Secretary: Sushma Shukla,Virginia International University
| Director: Jia Yu, Christopher Newport University-VA
| Liaison: Catie Bridges, Potomac State College-WVU
| Liaison: Irene J. Dabrowski, St. John's University-NY
| Liaison: Satarupa Das, Montgomery College-MD
| Liaison: Philip C. Dolce, Bergen Community College-NJ
| Liaison: Carolyn Pevey, Germanna Community College--VA
| Liaison: Babita Srivastava, William Paterson, University-NJ
| Liaison: Katrina Spigner, Columbia College-SC
| Emeritus: Frank J. Cavaioli, Professor Emeritus, Farmingdale State, SUNY-NY
| Emeritus: Gene Grabiner, Erie Community College-New York
| Emeritus: Gerard Morin, Northern Essex Community College-Mass.
| Emeritus: George Skau, Professor Emeritus, Bergen Community College-NJ
| Emeritus: Elizabeth Wilcoxson, Northern Essex Community College-Mass.
| Emeritus: Paul Zigo, Director, World War II Era Studies Institute-New Jersey
Vice Chair: Heather R. Parker, Saint Leo University-Fl
State Road 52, Saint Leo, FL 33574, (352) 588-7894
Associate Professor of History
Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
Heather R. Parker, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo University in Florida. Before being promoted to the position of Associate Dean, she served as the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences for six years. A California native, she earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA, she moved to New York where she taught in the History Department at Hofstra University before moving to Florida and beginning her tenure at Saint Leo University.
While she has devoted much of her recent career to administration, she began her academic life researching interethnic political interaction and is now more focused on interethnic religious interaction and the political implications of these relationships in Florida. She has also been looking at the ways in which college administrations can provide more effective mentoring for both traditional and non-traditional minority students.
In the classroom she has focused on teaching African American History, Native American History, Immigration History, the History of the American West, Women’s History, and Global Perspectives. Both in her teaching and in her research as well as in her administrative capacity, she is always focused on bringing to the forefront issues related to equality of status and condition as well as inclusion and representation for all groups. These are concerns that reverberate through all areas of the social sciences and she is interested in exploring these themes with colleagues who approach these ideas from a wide variety of perspectives.
She has been a NEH Summer Institute Fellow at Harvard University, A Black History Workshop Fellow at the University of Houston, a New York City Council for the Humanities: Speaker in the Humanities presenter, An American History consultant for Cendant Mobility Intercultural, Inc., a Dupont Summer Seminar for the Liberal Arts faculty member at the National Humanities Center, and a polling and federal policymaking research consultant for the Turpeau Consulting Group. She has traveled the United States and the world presenting her research and consulting, and she continues to give invited lectures on the topics of political history and interethnic political and religious interaction to political, religious and community organizations throughout Florida.
Since 1996, she and her husband have run a minority mentoring program for students seeking to attend graduate school, medical school, or law school. She is proud of the many products of this program who are now practicing lawyers, teachers, physicians, dentists, and successful members of other professions.
She lives with her husband, sons, and dogs in Florida and enjoys running, reading, book collecting, kayaking, traveling, playing the piano, watching classic movies, and relaxing with family and friends.