Nyeema Watson has been selected as assistant chancellor for civic engagement at Rutgers University–Camden, where she will lead the university’s community and service initiatives.
“Across the region and on our campus, Nyeema has a well-earned reputation for collaboration and innovative approaches to strengthening communities while providing exceptional learning opportunities for our students,” says Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon.
Watson had been serving in an interim capacity during the past year and throughout the search process.
“I am humbled and honored to lead the civic engagement efforts at Rutgers University–Camden,” Watson says. “With the expertise of our faculty and the commitment of our staff and students we are uniquely positioned to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our society. I will ensure that our work continues to be done through deep and meaningful partnerships with the communities and stakeholders across the city and the region and look forward to connecting with those who to wish engage with Rutgers–Camden.”
Rutgers–Camden’s Office of Civic Engagement works with community partners to support various efforts to meet the challenges facing its host city, county, and region through engaged civic learning, volunteerism and service, community-based research, and integrated efforts and partnerships.
“Rutgers University–Camden has a national reputation for the creativity and efficacy of our civic engagement initiatives, including classification as a Carnegie Community Engagement institution,” Haddon says. “Nyeema will work closely with all of our stakeholders – including our faculty and deans – to make certain that our growth in this area will continue.”
A Camden resident and Rutgers–Camden graduate, Watson was director of public school partnerships for the Rutgers–Camden Office of Civic Engagement during 2010 to 2014. In this role, she forged strong partnerships between Rutgers and Camden’s public, charter, and non-public schools and took on a leadership role in developing initiatives focused on student academic achievement and enrichment; college access; expanded learning; and professional development, among other areas.
Additionally, Watson served in multiple capacities for Rutgers–Camden’s Center for Children and Childhood Studies, and was an education program development specialist for the New Jersey Department of Education. During 2005 to 2008, she was appointed by two New Jersey governors to serve on the Camden City Board of Education.
Watson was named to Rutgers University’s President’s Council on Diversity in 2014. She has served on the Center for Family Services Board of Trustees since 2012 and is also on the Camden center’s Head Start Policy Council.
Watson was appointed to the advisory committee of the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition Statewide Afterschool Network in 2008, a position she still holds. In 2002, she served on New Jersey Governor James McGreevey’s Education Transition Committee.
In May 2015, Watson became a manuscript reviewer for the Childhood journal.
Watson earned her bachelor’s degree in 2000 in psychology and African American studies and her doctoral degree in 2015 in childhood studies from Rutgers University–Camden. She earned her master’s degree in 2001 in education/psychological services from the University of Pennsylvania.