Donnie Hale - Dr. Donnie Hale joined Florida Memorial University as the Executive Director for Outreach and Academic Programs and Professor in Education, after a two-year stint at University of Central Florida serving as assistant director of the UCF Center for Community Schools, and Research Associate for the College of Community Innovation and Education. At the UCF, Hale managed operations for the center, which included services in technical assistance, training and development, and assessment and evaluation. Beyond the FMU, he also is the co-chair for the nationwide Community School Leadership Network with the Coalition for Community School in Washington DC.
His research focuses on race, equity, educational opportunity, college access and human development. His teaching experience has been in areas of sociology, education, history and cultural diversity. He will begin teaching at UCF in spring 2020. Previously, Hale served for more than five years as director of The Education Effect, a university-assisted community school partnership. The partnership works to improve learning and life outcomes among students in Miami’s urban core communities, including Overtown, Liberty City and Little Haiti, by deploying resources from FIU, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and private donors.
Before his work at FIU, Hale was an assistant professor of education and director of Pre-College Programs at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin; an outreach coordinator and instructor in education studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene; assistant director of the Federal TRiO Program Upward Bound and adjunct instructor at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, where he also earned his doctorate. Hale has served as a college football coach and an elementary school teacher as well. He is originally from Stockton, California.