Kijua Sanders-McMurtry

KijuaDr. Kijua Sanders-McMurtry is Interim Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Agnes Scott College. Agnes Scott College, founded in 1889, is an independent national liberal arts college for women located in the metropolitan Atlanta area, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Dr. Sanders-McMurtry is a compassionate scholar practitioner in tireless pursuit of increasing access and equity in higher education. As a radical administrator, she creates spaces for students to excel as advocates and agents for transformative social change. As an instructor, she believes in the concept of engaged pedagogy cultivating classroom environments where students participate in deep dialogue rooted in historical perspective, theoretical principles and contemporary thought. Dr. Sanders-McMurtry currently serves as the Interim Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Agnes Scott College. In this role, she supervises a variety of departments and programs focused on student support services and the co-curricular experience.  She previously worked at Georgia State University for fourteen years as an administrator and adjunct faculty member teaching courses related to African American Studies, Critical Pedagogy and Multicultural Education. 

Prior to Agnes Scott College, Dr. Sanders-McMurtry worked in public health research for four years as a research associate with the Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) Macro, International on large-scale qualitative and quantitative research projects. She was also previously employed with Georgia State University for fourteen years where she worked in a variety of departments including financial aid, new student orientation, student life and leadership and the honors program. She has taught introductory Sociology courses at local community colleges and continues to teach a writing intensive course focused on the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta at Agnes Scott and courses on Critical Pedagogy at Georgia State University. 
Her research and publications focus heavily on the history of activism and philanthropy among women’s organizations. She has presented at numerous conferences and conducted a variety of workshops around the country. As a motivational speaker, she is adept at engaging diverse groups on important social and intellectual issues and has been frequently hired as a consultant by colleges and universities interested in developing programs related to increasing the safety of students that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ). She belongs to numerous professional organizations and is the current President of the Georgia College Personnel Association (GCPA) and serves as the Co Vice-Chair of Trans-inclusion with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Dr. Sanders-McMurtry completed her A.A. degree in Social Sciences at Pasadena City College, her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology, a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies and her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education at Georgia State University. She is married to Kevin Sanders-McMurtry.  Deeply committed to community engagement, she is a member of several organizations focused on leadership development and advocacy for women and girls.