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This award is designed to recognize a faculty member for distinguished leadership in advancing

inclusive excellence.


Awardees demonstrate a contribution to the advancement of diversity, equity, and

inclusion in the following areas: 1) teaching and learning; 2) research and scholarship; 3) service to the

university and the community; 4) strength of the nominating letters and personal statement.


Awardees: 1) are a current NKU faculty member (full-time, part-time, tenure

track or non-tenure track); 2) demonstrate excellence in inclusiveness at NKU and in the community.

David Childs

Dr. David Childs is Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and History at Northern Kentucky University. He is the first African American to receive tenure in the history of the department of Teacher Education. He teaches classes such as social studies methods, American history, racism and sexism in education, and graduate research courses. His research is in African American history, popular culture and hip-hop and education. He earned a Masters degree in Social Studies Education and a second Masters in American History at Miami University. He also earned his Doctorate of Philosophy at Miami with an emphasis on educational leadership, curriculum and American history. He is currently President of the Black Faculty and Staff Association.

Dr. Childs is an international scholar and has presented work and conducted research in places such as Washington, DC, Mexico City, Vancouver, Canada and Paris, France. He has published extensively in academic journals and encyclopedias. His research interests include social studies education, popular culture, hip-hop and African American history. Dr. Childs is a CEO of a nonprofit called First Antioch Ministries whose focus is education, food programs and feeding the youth in inner City Cincinnati. He is married to his high school sweet heart Alundra Childs an NKU graduate, Spanish educator and classical pianist. They have four beautiful children. 



Brandelyn Tosolt

Brandelyn Tosolt is Associate Professor in Teacher Education at Northern Kentucky University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and began working in the non-profit sector. After earning her master’s degree in education from University of Michigan, she taught middle grades in both private and public schools in Detroit, Michigan.

She earned her Ph.D. at Oakland University, conducting research on the differences in middle grades students’ perceptions of caring teacher behaviors based on student racial identity. Dr. Tosolt’s courses promote engagement with ideas of social identity, cultural pluralism, and social justice at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. She works across divisions on her campus to create a more inclusive, collaborative climate.

Her research, which privileges the voices of historically-underrepresented groups and seeks to understand perspectives on events in individual lives and the broader society, has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of Negro Education; Multicultural Perspectives; Race, Gender & Class; and International Journal of Multicultural Education.