Service Before Self
Dr. Kristin Dutcher Mann’s service to her students, to her colleagues, and to the educational community is tireless. Most extraordinary, Dr. Mann maintained and continued her work while battling cancer during the 2011-2012 academic year. As her letter of nomination attests, Dr. Mann was so committed to continuing her work during this trying time, she actually “accomplished more than would be expected of the healthiest individual.” We are most grateful that Dr. Mann’s cancer is currently in remission, but would be remiss if we failed to take note of these extraordinary circumstances and Dr. Mann’s clear dedication in the face of adversity. Further, Dr. Mann’s service accomplishments are varied and diverse.
Dr. Mann wrote several grants, three of which were awarded from the U.S. Department of Education. Her grants procurement efforts total nearly three million dollars, and are dedicated to providing professional development and resources for teachers. Dr. Mann has also been awarded the History Channel’s Outstanding Service in the Field of History award in 2012. Dr. Mann has conducted outreach to teachers and to school systems with her local history projects. Specifically, Dr. Mann promoted and encouraged Arkansas and local studies projects, like the Life Interrupted Project, which recounts the experiences of Japanese Americans housed in internment camps in Arkansas during World War II. This is a project that continues to be a part of the Little Rock Schools’ social studies curriculum and, as such, is a testament to the quality of Dr. Mann’s work.
Dr. Mann’s degrees include a Ph.D. in history from Northern Arizona University, a M.A. in teaching social studies from Trinity University, and a B.A. in history from Trinity University.