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IU Northwest professor recognized as an ‘Influential Woman’ in education

Dr. Charlotte Reed one of 22 women honored at inaugural event

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Charlotte Reed, Ed.D

Charlotte Reed, Ed.D., Indiana University Northwest’s Professor of Urban Education and Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), was among 22 area women who were celebrated recently as an “Influential Women of Northwest Indiana.”

The region’s most successful female professionals of influence in their businesses, industries and communities were among some 550 guests at the inaugural Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Awards Banquet, hosted in June by Diversified Marketing Strategies, a marketing communications agency in Crown Point. The event honored both the established leaders in the region as well as “up and coming” professionals.

Reed was selected as the finalist for the education category, which encompasses both K-12 and higher education in Northwest Indiana.

Reed praised the organizers for founding an event that specifically recognizes women and their contributions to Northwest Indiana.

“I was excited about it personally but also excited for what it might mean for the region in terms of involving more women in the thinking and planning for the future of the area,” Reed said.

Reed founded the campus’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). She takes pride in the center’s reputation for technological innovations in teaching.

Reed was nominated by colleagues and community leaders, including Professor of Education Vernon Smith, Ed.D. Smith said he’s always been impressed with Reed’s knowledge, her commitment to the community and education, her love of people, and especially her sense of service.

In particular, Smith noted Reed’s role in the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) and the way in which it has become a model for other universities concerned about urban education.

“She doesn’t just provide services within the campus,” Smith said. “She is involved in the entire community plus in her own individual community.”

Reed retires this August after 19 years of service to IU Northwest. Having been recognized in this way as she nears her final day at IU Northwest, Reed says she can’t think of a better way to exit.

In retirement, Reed will continue to serve her community, including service on the boards of the Northwest Indiana Consortium for Community Partnership and the National Society for Leadership and Success. She will also continue as a volunteer advisor to the IU Northwest Leadership Program.

The event’s honorees were selected by a committee of five business leaders who had the challenging task of narrowing the 100 nominees to just one for the “Influential Women” and “Up and Coming Women” for each of the 11 categories across political, business and non-profit fields. The event benefitted the United Way organizations serving Lake and Porter Counties.

The event was sponsored by a total of 15 organizations, including IU Northwest.


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