Academic Dean

Department: Academic Affairs

Office location:

Lynn Library


Phone: +1 561-237-7412

Fax: +1 561-237-7747

Why Lynn?

Katrina Carter-Tellison believes that Lynn is one of these unique places where staff, faculty, administration and students all work side by side. When one comes to Lynn, he or she becomes a member of the Lynn family. It is a multi-ethnic community where diversity in culture is celebrated. It is a learning-centered environment where faculty and staff are continually encouraged to further their intellectual and professional pursuits and students are individually nurtured to achieve their goals. There is an ethos here at Lynn that is like no other.

Professional profile

Katrina Carter-Tellison joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor of Sociology in the fall of 2004. She began her career at Lynn by teaching Sociology courses, including Contemporary Social Problems, Race and Ethnic Concerns and Current Perspectives in Substance Abuse. In 2006 she was promoted to chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. More recently, Carter-Tellison has worked as the chair of Lynn's new core curriculum: The Dialogues of Learning. In addition to participating in the development and implementation of the new core, she developed and taught a course in the Dialogues of Learning titled "America' Journey towards Equality in the US: From King to Obama."

Carter-Tellison's intellectual interests and research pursuits have mainly focused on three areas: curriculum, immigration and inequality and social stratification. In the area of curriculum development she has contributed to the creation of The Dialogues of Learning: Lynn's Core Curriculum for the 21st century. Her work focused on both the theoretical development and implementation techniques necessary to execute a complete revision of the core curriculum. In the research area of immigration Carter-Tellison has focused on the South Florida Haitian immigrant community. Most of the research has been primary data collection centered around the theory of cultural revitalization and assimilation. Finally, Carter-Tellison's research in the area of inequality and social stratification has focused on two main areas: the role of skin tone within minority communities, and factors that influence occupational and educational attainment.

Prior to coming to Lynn, Carter-Tellison earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Miami. Her major area of concentration was Race and Ethnic Relations with a minor concentration in Cultural Studies and Criminology. The topic of her dissertation was "Skin Tone and Perceptions of Discrimination among African Americans: Evidence from the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality."


B.A., University of Miami
M.S.W., Barry University
Ph.D., University of Miami

Teaching philosophy

It has always been Katrina Carter-Tellison's goal to inspire students to have a thirst for knowledge and the world around them. Her hope is that she will inspire her students to master the skills necessary to become successful lifelong learners. She encourages her students to ask questions and challenge the conventional status quo. Many of Carter-Tellison's courses are focused on the goal of preparing students to be responsible, informed and ethical citizens. It is her hope that once students leave her course, they have a better sense of the realities of world around them.

Teaching specialties

Introduction to sociology
Race and ethnic relations
Social stratification
Gender and identity
Cultural studies
African American studies
Caribbean studies

Areas of scholarship

  • Curriculum
  • Immigration
  • Inequality and social stratification

Awards and honors

  • Lynn University – Faculty Member of the Year, 2008
  • University of Miami Special Departmental Award for Ph.D. Tuition, 1997
  • Graduate Dean Fellowship at the University of Miami, 1998
  • Graduate Award to Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program – Data Analysis for Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality, 2000

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