Dawn N. Hicks Tafari, Ph.D

Clinical Faculty

Dawn N. Hicks Tafari, Ph.D

123 Building
(336) 750-8337 (p)
(336) 750-2892 (f)

Curriculum Vitae


A native New Yorker, Dr. Tafari is passionate about the arts, culture, education, and translating theory into practice.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Hofstra University; her Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification in Elementary Education from The Johns Hopkins University; and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies and her Ph.D in Educational Studies with a Specialization in Cultural Studies from The University of North Carolina Greensboro.  She has served as an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, New York and in Baltimore, Maryland; as a curriculum facilitator in High Point, North Carolina; and as an educational consultant for Guilford County Schools.  She is also co-founder of the Greensboro Kwanzaa Collective, a grassroots organization that organizes Greensboro’s citywide 7-day Kwanzaa celebration.  Dr. Tafari has been on the faculty at Winston-Salem State University since the fall of 2013. 

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2013, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, 2010, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, 2003, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1996, Hofstra University

Research and Projects Interests:

  • Black Feminist Thought; Black Male Educators; Critical Pedagogy; Critical Race Theory and Methodology; Culturally Responsive Pedagogy; Hip-Hop Feminism; Intergenerational Issues; Narrative Research

Selected Publications:

Tafari, D. N. (2013). "I Can Get at These Kids": A Narrative Study Exploring the Reasons Black Men Teach. In C. W. Lewis, & I. Toldson, Black Male Teachers: Diversifying the United States' Teacher Workforce (pp. 93-106). Bingley: Emerald Publishing.

Tafari, D. N. (in press). Tales from A Hip-Hop DIVA: One Girl’s Journey from the Bronx to the Ph.D. In C. M. Dyce, & T. M. Williams, D.I.V.A. Diaries: The Road to the PhD and Stories of Black Women Who Have Endured. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

Additional Information:

  • Courses Taught

  • +EDU 4338: Psychological Foundations of Education

    +ELE 3311: Child Development I

    +BKE 2323: Child Development I

    +BKE 3329: Early Childhood Language and Literacy (online and f2f)

    +RED 4364: Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area (online)

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