Title: 1) Assistant Professor, Director, Grant Writer of Student Support Services 2) President
Company: 1) Wichita State University 2) Transcultural Marketing Communications
Location: Bel Air, Kansas, United States
Deemathie de Silva, Assistant Professor, Director and Grant Writer of Student Support Services at Wichita State University, and President of Transcultural Marketing Communications, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in field of curriculum development, physics, and grant writing.
Dr. de Silva’s admiration for education developed at a young age. Inspired by her father, who was a Fulbright Professor at Stanford University, she was able to witness his travels around the world to educate people on physics. From the influence of her father, Dr. de Silva decided to pursue academia and further graduated from the Teacher’s College in Maharagama, Sri Lanka. Upon completion of that program, she studied at Stanford University and earned a Master of Arts in education in 1964. Upon arriving in the United States, she accepted the position of testing coordinator for the women’s equity program at Wichita State University, between 1977 and 1978.
Dr. de Silva progressed to a research associate of college business position with the institution for two years, while also contributing as a biology lecturer. She went on to teach anthropology from 1982 to 1983, before becoming the director of operation success and student support services as well as a grant writer for the university in 1985. Three years into this engagement, she earned a PhD from Columbia Pacific University. Today, Dr. de Silva serves as president of Transcultural Marketing Communications in Wichita – a post she has held since 1995. Furthermore, she is an assistant professor, director and grant writer for the Student Support Services at Wichita State University. She came into these roles in 1985. In these ventures, she has taught courses on tutoring strategies, transcultural communications, cultural anthropology and international relations and marketing. Part of her daily responsibilities with Wichita State University include assisting multicultural, first-generation and low-income students to succeed in college.
Dr. de Silva attends international, national and regional conferences as a seminar leader, speaker and workshop facilitator. Since 1990, she has conducted intercultural communication, management and leadership training courses across Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia. She has spoken extensively on the topic of diversity such as her inclusion on a five-member panel for the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research’s Annual Congresses in 1993 and 1994. Dr. de Silva raised awareness of the critical value of multicultural diversity across campuses, cities and the workforce through workshop presentations for TRIO personnel. She contributed to the “Cultural and Diversity” column for the Student Affairs Bi-Monthly Newsletter for the Division of Student Affairs at Wichita State University from 1992 to 1993, and as a guest columnist on multicultural issues for “English-Do You Speak It?” for the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Chapter Newsletter in 1993. Other published works Dr. de Silva has worked on include the journal for the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel and the Journal of the National Council of Educational Opportunity Associations among myriad others.
A member of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Association, she also maintains professional ties with the International Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP), the Independents Scholars of Asia and the Global Learning Center. A recipient of numerous awards in the field, she is particularly proud to have been honored with the Trio Legacy Award from Wichita State University in 2019. An exceptional Marquis listee, Dr. de Silva has been lauded as an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement recipient and has been featured in editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who of American Women.
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