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Q & A with Dean Tuajuanda Jordan

July 06, 2011

Tuajuanda Jordan officially joined the Lewis & Clark community on July 1 in her new role as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Jordan previously served as a program director at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Before her position at HHMI, Jordan was with Xavier University of Louisiana.

The following Q & A is the first in a series created by the dean’s office to introduce new faculty. Continue reading to get to know Dean Jordan a little bit better.

Education

Ph.D. 1989 Purdue University; B.S. 1982 Fisk University

What kind of hobbies or special activities do you enjoy outside of work?

For quiet times, I enjoy listening to music, especially jazz, observing nature, and art. All other times, I thoroughly enjoy most anything that provides an adrenalin rush: driving my car on an open road, sky diving, roller coasters.

What were your childhood goals or aspirations?

I come from a very modest background, being the first in my family to attend college. My goal was simply to become a teacher and to inspire others to pursue excellence.

What was your favorite childhood story?

Jubilee by Margaret Walker.

What are you listening to in your car right now?

Maurice Brown’s “The Cycle of Love.” He has this one track called “Time Tick Tock” that is absolutely amazing.