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Dean's Biography

Dr. Luria Shaw Young, Rosalie Guidry Daste Endowed Professor in Urban Education, is the Interim Dean of the College of Education, Arts & Humanities and the Interim Superintendent of the Southern University Laboratory School.  Dr. Young received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Southern University and A&M College (SUBR), a Master of Education and Educational Specialist Certificate in Science Education from Louisiana State University (LSU), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Research, and Counseling from LSU. 


Dr. Young has a wealth of experience and training in higher education having served in many progressive positions--staff, faculty, and administration.  She began her career as an Outreach Generalist with the Southeastern Louisiana University Educational Opportunity Program.  After serving in this role for a year, she transferred to Southern University and A&M College as the Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-LAMP) Statewide Evaluations Coordinator.  After only one year in this position, Dr. Young was promoted to the LS-LAMP Statewide Program Administrator.  LS-LAMP is a statewide, coordinated systemic mentoring program aimed at increasing the number and quality of minority students earning baccalaureate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.


Once Dr. Young earned her doctorate, she secured a joint position in the SUBR College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction as an Assistant Professor and Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) Science Education Specialist.  Shortly after, Dr. Young’s knowledge of educator preparation, assessment and student learning outcomes contributed to her being named the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Co-Coordinator, Board of Examiner for the National Science Teachers Association Pre-service Teacher Education Program, and a Louisiana Board of Examiner. 


Dr. Young has numerous publications and presentations, and serves as a leader on several federal and state funded initiatives, totaling about five million dollars.  She is the Co-Principle Investigator of LS-LAMP, the SUBR LIGO Project, and Project Modeling Inquiry Science Education.  The latter two projects focus on interfacing formal science education with informal science education using inquiry-based exhibits and “snacks.”  Dr. Young oversees an informal science center, the SUBR LIGO Inquiry Laboratory, in the College of Education.  She has been named a Huel D. Perkins Fellow and SUBR Teacher of the YearDr. Young’s research interests include the persistence of students in college, African American males, and inquiry-based science and mathematics teaching and learning.