Trustees: Cynthia Neal Spence, C'78
Associate Professor, Spelman College
B.A., Spelman College
Master’s Degree and Ph.D., Rutgers University
Certificate, Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard University
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2009
City of Residence: Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence is an associate professor of sociology at Spelman College. Her teaching and research interests in the areas of sociology, criminology, law and violence against women support the Law and Criminology concentration in the College’s Department of Sociology.
Dr. Spence’s interest in issues of higher education access, gender role socialization and violence against women frame her research, writing, community service involvement and public speaking. She has served as a consultant for the Ford Foundation Institutional Transformation Project, the University of Chicago Provost Initiative on Minority Affairs, the Agnes Scott College Center for Teaching and Learning and the Georgia Department of Corrections. In addition to her faculty position at Spelman, Dr. Spence serves as Director of the UNCF Mellon Programs. The Mellon Programs provide fellowships for students interested in becoming college professors in the areas of the humanities, physics, mathematics, sociology, anthropology and other disciplines employing philosophical or historical analysis.
Dr. Spence is the recipient of the Spelman College Alumnae Achievement Tiffany Award and the Fannie Lou Hammer Community Service Award (Spelman College). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Internship Institute.
Thoughts on why she chose to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees: I am most pleased to have been selected to serve as the Faculty Trustee member of the Board of Trustees. My various roles at Spelman College including alumna, parent (both her daughters graduated from Spelman), faculty member and former Dean of Freshman Studies, Associate Academic Dean and Academic Dean have well prepared me to be able to view Spelman in her fullness. My interactions with Spelman faculty and students for the past 28 years have enriched my being and helped to develop a passion for this institution. I hope to bring all of the knowledge I have gained through my professional and personal associations to the job of Faculty Trustee.