Michele Hancock currently serves as Director of Equity and Inclusion/Visiting Professor of Education.
Throughout her numerous years in pre K-12 education and as an adjunct professor in St. John Fisher College’s doctoral program, she has taught in diverse communities and served as an educational leader addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. In her varied professional roles from classroom teacher to school principal, from central office administrator to school superintendent and higher education advocate, the equity initiatives promoted and implemented addressed creating equitable outcomes for all students and employees by closing equity gaps where they existed. In addressing adult learner needs, Prof. Hancock has taught and presented to numerous organizations, K-12 districts, and higher education institutions on topics such as equity-conscious leadership, pathways to equity and inclusion, culturally relevant instruction, crucial conversations, equity-minded teacher programs, etc.
Prof. Hancock completed her doctorate at St. John Fisher College earning an Ed.D. Her dissertation work received prominent recognition for research on how teachers recognize and challenge deficit-thinking in their schools. Other degrees received were a B.S. at University of Illinois, M.Ed. at National Louis University, and her Certificate of Advance Studies (CAS) in Education Administration at the State University of New York (Oswego).
Prof. Hancock has co-authored and published a couple of education articles in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Journal of Staff Development (JSD) on the topics of principal and teacher leadership, and faculty and staff professional learning programs.
She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, married with two sons, two granddaughters.
Michele Hancock currently serves as a visiting professor of education. Her research interests focus on teacher leadership in urban settings and how teacher leaders collaborate to recognize and challenge deficit thinking.
Director, Equity and Inclusion; Director, Accelerated Certification in Teaching; Visiting Professor or Education
- Ed.D. — St. John Fisher College
- CAS — State University of New York (Oswego)
- M.Ed. — National Louis University
- B.S. — University of Illinois