New chief diversity officer named at Kennesaw State University


Scholar Erik Malewski of Purdue University is an expert in multiculturalism, curriculum studies…

Georgia (May 16, 2012) —  

Scholar Erik Malewski of Purdue University is an expert in multiculturalism, curriculum studies
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KENNESAW, Ga. (May 16, 2012)— Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Erik Malewski, an accomplished scholar of diversity and multicultural studies, chief diversity officer for the university, effective July 1. The position is a Cabinet-level post.
Malewski, an associate professor of curriculum studies at Purdue University’s College of Education, is an expert in multiculturalism, college internationalization efforts and the theory and practice of teaching and learning. He has taught at Purdue since 2003. Previously, he served as senior diversity advocate at Penn State University from 2002 to 2003, after four years in the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity.
“In searching for Kennesaw State’s next chief diversity officer, we wanted someone with the vision, knowledge and experience to further enhance the university’s commitment to advancing the principles of a diverse and inclusive campus community,” said Papp. “Erik Malewski is just that person. In addition to being a respected scholar and teacher of diversity and inclusion, he has demonstrated leadership skills that are a perfect fit and I look forward to working closely with him in making Kennesaw State a more diverse and inclusive institution.”
Malewski was among a pool of 115 candidates who vied for the position in a national search chaired by Jorge Perez, associate professor of information systems at Kennesaw State and faculty executive assistant to the president.
As chief diversity officer, Malewski will coordinate diversity-oriented programs and initiatives at Kennesaw State, as well as develop and implement a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion. He will also be responsible for enhancing cross-cultural understanding across the university by developing policies, procedures and curriculum activities guided by the principles of diversity, inclusion, transparency and shared governance.
“It was evident from the moment I stepped onto the Kennesaw State campus that the university takes serious its missions to foster respect for differences in identities and worldviews and to graduate students who will contribute to their communities and make the world a better place,” Malewski said. “I look forward to helping with the effort to take Kennesaw State to the next level of preeminence as the new chief diversity officer.”
At Purdue, Malewski served as a diversity fellow, focusing on infusing multiculturalism into teacher preparation programs and leading strategic planning in the area of diversity. He has also taught foundations of curriculum, multicultural education and contemporary curriculum theory and has done extensive research on the work experiences of chief diversity officers.
He has a bachelor’s degree in intercultural, interpersonal and organizational communication from Loyola University in Chicago. and holds an M.Ed. in higher education administration and a Ph.D. in curriculum and supervision from Penn State University.
Malewski succeeds Linda Lyons who has served as interim chief diversity officer since August 2010.
"I want to thank Linda for her service over the past two years. She has served the university well and helped us move the diversity agenda forward during her tenure."
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit