'The Last Lecture' by Dr. Caryl Sheffield

Posted on March 23, 2015 Cal U Professor Dr. Caryl Sheffield. Dr. Caryl Sheffield’s Last Lecture 3:30 p.m. March 31 North Wing, Cal U Convocation Center As she prepares to retire after almost 30 years as a student, faculty member and administrator at Cal U, Dr. Caryl Sheffield caps off her distinguished academic career by delivering a multimedia “last lecture.” Sheffield, an associate provost/associate vice president in the Office of Academic Affairs, looks back on her personal journey, as well as her career, within the historical context of the ongoing quest for racial, gender and social equity, especially during the 1950s and ’60s. About Dr. Sheffield The granddaughter of a man who was lynched in southern Georgia in 1915, Sheffield grew up with 20 siblings in a family that stressed the value of education. She attended the March on Washington in 1963, took part in campus protests in the ’70s, and spent six months in 2000 as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies Institute of Education in Kingston, Jamaica. Sheffield joined the faculty at California University in 1991, and was chair of the Department of Early, Middle and Special Education from 2002-2012. She has been active with the Frederick Douglass Institute at Cal U and with the President’s Commission for the Status of Women, among other professional endeavors. The Frederick Douglass Institute recently honored her by establishing the Dr. Caryl Sheffield Faculty Excellence Award, to be presented to faculty who exemplify excellence in teaching and mentoring.