Dr. Aisha Ray
Rochelle Zell Dean’s Chair
Sr VP for Academic Affairs and
Dean of Faculty – Erikson Institute
Dr. Aisha Ray, holds the Rochelle Zell Dean’s Chair and is the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Erikson Institute. In this role she oversees all of Erikson’s academic programs, research and school community engagement projects. Currently, she is leading a project with Dr. Jana Fleming that brings together key Illinois stakeholders to advocate for proven strategies that will close opportunity gaps for young Black children. In addition, she helps lead Erikson’s Austin Schools, Families and Community Project that targets school change and family support. Dr. Ray’s research has focused on Black fathers, Black family functioning in low-income communities, and improving teacher preparation to successfully educate children of diverse racial, cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds.
Dr. Ray has been a preschool and Head Start teacher; and a consultant to many organizations, including the National Center on Fathers and Families, Chicago Public Schools, CONNECT, First Schools Project, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Coalition of Great City Schools, the BUILD Initiative, among others.
Dr. Ray has a Master’s and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; and a Master’s in early childhood education from Erikson Institute.