Dr. Kimberly Matthews is a native of Henrico County, Virginia and a product of Henrico Public Schools. She graduated from Varina High School in 1995 and then traveled to Fairfax, Virginia to attend George Mason University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1999. Dr. Matthews came back home and completed her Master of Education in Adult Education in 2004 and her Doctor of Philosophy in Education in 2012 at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her dissertation is entitled the Persistence to Doctoral Completion of African American Men at Predominantly White Universities in One Mid-Atlantic State.
While attending Virginia Commonwealth University, she received the University Service Award and was the recipient of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Travel Grant Award. Since graduating, Dr. Matthews has traveled to national conferences in Oxford, Denver, Baton Rouge, Charlottesville and Cincinnati presenting her dissertation results. Dr. Matthews graduated from The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program in 2014 at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, since 2011, Dr. Matthews has been actively involved with Toastmasters International, which is a communication and leadership organization.
Dr.Matthews has worked in the field of education for over a decade, as an adjunct professor, academic advisor, coordinator of undergraduate tutoring, first-year experience coordinator, and a K-12 substitute teacher. In her current position, she teaches leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Living Learning Program, VCU LEAD. Her goal is to make certain she provides an environment that promotes and encourages diversity and inclusion to all students. Promoting academic, professional and personal success among the students she teaches, assists and counsels has continually been her ultimate goal.
Dr. Matthews is also an author of Images of Modern America: The Richmond Crusade for Voters, released on June 12, 2017. Her book lays out the chronology of the Richmond Crusade for Voters depicted through pictures and discourse. Her interest in local history comes from her desire to preserve Virginia’s rich African American heritage and bring to light a small portion of the trials and triumphs of the African American experience.
Dr. Matthews is an author, professor, researcher, and activist. She is inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s belief that, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
SKILLS + INTERESTS
SKILLS + ASSETS
- Detailed and task oriented
- Critical thinker
- Creative writing
- Analyzing movies and television (I am a film and media studies minor)
- Voting rights
- African American history
May 2012 Doctor of PhilosophyEducation Milestone
2014 Graduate of The Grace E. Harris Leadership InstituteHIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program, Virginia Commonwealth University
June 2017 Book ReleasedImages of Modern America: The Richmond Crusade for Voters. The book was also selected as a finalist in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category in the 2017 Best Book Awards.
July 2017 Community service trip to Belize