Dwayne Tunstall, PhD

Title: Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence

Office: B-4-238 MAK

Phone: (616) 331-2495

Fax: (616) 331-3675

Email:  [email protected]

Dwayne Tunstall


  • Liaison between Dean Drake and CLAS units, programs, institutes, and centers on DEI–AB related matters.
  • Lead CLAS initiatives related to DEI–AB.
  • Design, develop, and implement strategies to improve diversity, inclusion, equity, and access across the College.
  • Liaison between Dean Drake and units about curriculum development and accreditation.
  • Liaison with the CLAS Curriculum Committee.
  • Serve as curricular liaison to programs outside of CLAS.
  • Serve as final adjudicator on student academic misconduct, student registration, faculty grievances against students, and removal of students from courses.
  • Collaborate on any college-wide teaching and advising initiatives to increase student persistence, success, and time to graduation.
  • Tasks as assigned by the Dean


Dwayne A. Tunstall is a professor of philosophy in the Philosophy Department. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of two monographs: Yes, But Not Quite: Encountering Josiah Royce’s Ethico-Religious Insight (Fordham University Press, 2009 [hardcover]; 2014 [paperback]) and Doing Philosophy Personally: Thinking about Metaphysics, Theism, and Antiblack Racism (Fordham University Press, 2013). He has published over twenty journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including diversity in education, philosophical idealism, race and racial identity, religion, and social philosophy. He has given presentations on these topics at professional conferences, colloquia, and public lectures.


Dwayne is currently secretary of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy and executive director of Philosophy Born of Struggle. He is also the editor of the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience. He serves on the editorial boards for The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence, Dewey Studies, and Marcel Studies.

Dwayne is proud not only of his scholarly accomplishments. He is also proud of his work supporting student success, equity, and inclusion at GVSU. He is especially proud to have been a faculty mentor (2016–2019) and an interim co-coordinator (2017) for the Academic Recovery Camp. In addition, he is proud to have been a faculty mentor for the Oliver Wilson Scholars (OWS) Freshman Academy in the summer of 2017 and a summer faculty instructor for the Oliver Wilson Scholars Program during the 2021 summer term. He hopes to continue supporting student success by working to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment in CLAS and the larger GVSU community.


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