Meet Our New Director

On October 15, 2012 Natalie Adams became the fifth director/dean of New College. Natalie is a native of Louisiana.

She has an undergraduate degree in English Education from Louisiana State University, a master’s degree in gifted education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana-Lafayette), and a PhD in curriculum and instruction from LSU. She was a middle school teacher in Baton Rouge and New Iberia, LA before deciding to go back to school to pursue her PhD. Before coming to UA, she was an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University from 1994-1997 and an associate professor at Oklahoma State University from 1997-2000. Since 2000, she has been a professor in the College of Education and became the Assistant Dean of UA’s Graduate School in 2007.

Natalie is the author of three books: Learning to Teach: A Critical Approach to Field Experiences; Cheerleader! An American Icon, and Geographies of Girlhood: Identities In-Between.

Natalie is married to Jim Adams, a professor at Mississippi State University and is the mother of three children: Chris, Hunter, and Rebecca. Hunter graduated from New College in 2009.

Special Points of Interest:

  • Natalie Adams – New Director of New College
  • Louisiana Native; LSU Graduate
  • Author of Cheerleader! An American Icon
  • Claim to fame: Guest on ESPN’s “Cold Pizza”