Doze Y. Butler, Ph.D, is the new dean/director for the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

She will provide leadership for the three academic departments in the school as well as its research, Extension, outreach and international programs, according to a news release.

Butler will supervise department chairs and other administrative and management personnel and will be responsible for the development of the school’s vision and goals. Her responsibilities will include implementing new and emerging technologies that impact distance education, agriculture, human sciences, fisheries and Extension programs.

She will also be a member of the UAPB Dean’s Council, the Association of 1890 Research Directors and Association of 1890 Extension Administrators, according to the release.

The dean has a bachelor’s degree in home economics-clothing and textiles from Southern University (SU), a Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, a Master of Business Administration degree in management and marketing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and a doctoral degree in clothing and fashion merchandising from Texas Woman’s University, according to the release.

Butler joins UAPB after a number of leadership roles at SU and A&M College at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to the release. She has been interim dean and associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

“In these roles, she provided leadership for the college’s agricultural and family and consumer sciences programs and worked with the university’s Ag Center to represent its land-grant interests. From 2012-2013, she served as interim dean of the SU School of Graduate Studies,” according to the release.

“From 2017-2019, she was the program leader for the SU Apparel Merchandising and Textiles Program. She also served four years, from 2010-2014, as the faculty athletics representative to the National Collegiate Athletics Association and Southwest Athletics Conference. Earlier in her career, she served as a professor of human sciences for Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas, and as an assistant professor and program director for the Department of Retail Merchandising and Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stout,” according to the release.

Butler authored and co-authored grants, articles and book chapters on family and consumer sciences topics and has been part of numerous conferences and professional development activities related to family and consumer sciences, agriculture, education and public and land-grant universities.

“Her research interests include advocating for healthy communities, increasing the number of students qualified to become agricultural statisticians and enhancing the effectiveness of instructional delivery and student experiential learning,” according to the release.

She has earned several awards, including the Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Advocate Award, Heals the Hurt, Inc. Community Service Champion Award and the Volunteer United Power of 9 Award. In 2015, she received a scholarship from the American Council on Education Women’s Leadership Forum.

She has also been secretary, vice president and president of the Louisiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, member of the SU World Agricultural Supply Demand Estimates team to China, and site visit team member for the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Butler served on the boards and in various leadership roles of community organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the Inter-Civic Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Association of Women in Higher Education. She was also a commissioner for the Lane Regional Medical Center hospital board.

She is currently a member of the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society for Family and Consumer Sciences, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge.