Dexter Gordon


Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award (1996)
Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Speech, Hearing & Communications


Dexter B. Gordon, is a highly intellectual, public voice championing racial justice in the world. He brings together his years of experience as an educator, preacher, scholar, and community advocate to promote his vision of comprehensive community development. Gordon writes, speaks, teaches, works, and lives for social justice.

Dexter Gordon holds the title of Distinguished Professor at the University of Puget Sound where he teaches rhetoric, media, culture, and African American studies. He heads up the university's African American Studies Program as well as its Race and Pedagogy Initiative. An outstanding, seasoned teacher, trainer, keynote speaker, author, and leader Gordon has more than 30 years of experience in the area of teaching, community development, and leadership. Gordon approaches leadership as an art form, balancing imagination and structure, steadiness and energy, common sense and uncommon commitment. He is always working with other leaders – and he is always growing new leaders. In the last five years alone Gordon has been instrumental in the founding and leadership of organizations, focusing on social justice, civil rights, aid and development, and educational excellence and justice. In October, 2010, he chaired the second quadrennial Race and Pedagogy National Conference on the campus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.

Dr. Gordon holds a BA in Theology from Jamaica Theological Seminary, an MA in Communication Ethics, from Wheaton College, and a Ph. D in Rhetoric and Culture from Indiana University.