School of Education professor receives endowed professorship

BLOOMINGTON Dionne Danns, a professor and educational historian in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the IU School of Education in Bloomington, is the recipient of the Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professorship.

The award recognizes Bloomington campus professors who are extraordinary scholars and teachers, and inspirational instructors of undergraduate students. Danns, the author of three books, was recognized for the breadth and impact of her teaching, service and research contributions to diversity and inclusion.

Danns will carry the title of Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor for the remainder of her career at IU Bloomington, and will receive a grant of $10,000 per year for five years.

The Class of 1950 endowed the professorship to enrich the undergraduate educational experience and emphasize the values that Wells brought to his work, including devotion to diversity, inclusion, and academic excellence.