Sheila Radford-Hill Biography

Sheila Radford-HillSheila Radford-Hill, PhD, serves as the chief diversity officer at Dominican University. As a member of the Dominican leadership team, Radford-Hill collaborates with university and community stakeholders to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as a critical aspect of Dominican’s mission, vision and values. Radford-Hill joins Dominican from Luther College, Decorah, IA, where she served for 11 years as the executive director of the Diversity Center. Prior to Luther College, she served as a division administrator at the Illinois State Board of Education and as a senior executive in a number of nonprofit organizations.

In addition to serving as the university’s Title IX coordinator, Radford-Hill works with academic leaders to enhance the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented faculty. In pursuit of equity and inclusion, she will develop policies, programs and services based on best practices, ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement.

Radford-Hill was a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania before completing her PhD in Humanities at Columbia Commonwealth University. She holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate degree from DePaul University.

Radford-Hill’s research focuses on black women and civic engagement and includes a recent chapter in the 2015 publication, Malcolm X's Michigan Worldview: An Exemplar for Contemporary Black Studies.