Center Leadership

Center Leadership

Kimberly Underwood, Ph.D.

Dr. Underwood brings a wealth of experience to our organization, including almost two decades of experience in diversity and inclusion education, research, and management within academia and government. She has served in the roles of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Policy, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Policy, and Chairperson of Doctoral Studies. She possesses over ten year of higher education teaching experience and has earned the ranks of facilitator, adjunct professor, assistant professor, and associate professor. She is highly skilled in teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats and has taught doctoral and graduate-level courses. Dr. Underwood has been with University of Phoenix since 2009 as an Associate Faculty member in the School of Business.

Dr. Underwood credits her position in municipal government as the catalyst for a career focus in diversity and inclusion. Within municipal government, her duties included functioning as a senior executive responsible for providing workplace diversity and inclusion consulting, planning, and educational programming to a workforce of over 23,000 employees, sister agencies, universities and community colleges, and community organizations. Her responsibilities also included the management of workforce development initiatives, including educational programming design, curriculum development, marketing, funding, and program facilitation.

Dr. Underwood’s service record includes leadership and advisory positions within several professional and community organizations. Her publications and presentations address diversity onboarding, diversity management, and supporting diversity within K-12 and higher education. Her research interests include critical multiculturalism and organizational diversity socialization in business settings. Her most recent research projects have focused on the infusion of diversity-related social events into curricula and the role of higher education in effectively developing social responsibility and citizenry. Dr. Underwood earned her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology.She is also certified in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown University.

Contact Information

Kimberly Underwood, Ph.D., MBA
University Research Chair 
Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research 
workplacediversity@phoenix.edu

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