Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Malik Henfield, PhD, Named Dean of the School of Education

March 18, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Malik S. Henfield, PhD, a national leader in education and counseling, has been appointed Dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, effective July 1.

Dr. Henfield comes to Loyola from the University of San Francisco (USF), where he served as associate dean of academic affairs, research, and faculty advancement and as a professor in USF’s School of Education. Previously, he served as assistant and associate professor at the University of Iowa and as a faculty affiliate of Duke University. He has published many scholarly articles and books and spoken widely about his scholarship, which situates the African American student experience in broader context to explore critically how personal, social, academic, and career success can be impeded or enhanced by school, family, and community. As a counselor educator, Dr. Henfield has worked to diversify the counseling profession to better reflect current demographics. He has researched and consulted on these topics in Atlanta Public Schools, the Baltimore City Public School System, the Oakland Unified School District, and the San Francisco Unified School District, among others.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Henfield has received a number of honors, including the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division E Research Paper of the Year Award, the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society’s Outstanding Article Award, and the Outstanding Research Award from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES). He was named an Emerging Leader by the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International Education Association, a Young Academic Fellow by the Institute for Higher Education and the Lumina Foundation, and was elected chair of one of AERA’s largest Special Interest Groups (SIG), the Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Education SIG. 

He received a BA in biology from Francis Marion University, an MEd, and EdS in K-12 School Counseling from The University of South Carolina, and a PhD in counselor education from The Ohio State University. He began his career in education as a high school counselor in South Carolina.

We are deeply grateful to David Slavsky, PhD, for his leadership as interim dean and to the faculty, students, and staff of the School of Education for continued quality work during this transition. We extend our thanks to the members of the dean search committee and its chair, Goutham Menon, PhD, dean, School of Social Work, for their work in filling this important position. Please join all of us in welcoming Dr. Henfield to the Loyola community.



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD


Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division