Dr. Jamilah R. Jor’dan is the Interim Dean of the College of Education and Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Bilingual Education at Chicago State University. She has served as chair of the Chicago State University’s Head Start Advisory Board and has served on various university committees. Dr. Jor’dan is past vice-president of the governing board for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is a trustee for Children’s Home and Aid. She earned her doctorate at Loyola University Chicago in Research Methodology/Human Development. Her research interests include community violence, family engagement, leadership and family strengthening practices and early care and education program quality improvement.