Sami Ibn Khary Atif

Dean of Multicultural Affairs


B.A. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

M.S., Ph.D. Delaware State University


Mathematics Instructor Sami Atif currently serves in the position of interim dean of multicultural affairs. Prior to joining the Academy community in 2012, Atif was a university teaching assistant and a math teacher of special learners in the Capital School District of Dover, Delaware. He is a proud graduate of two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) — Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Delaware State University. At the latter, he earned a terminal degree in applied mathematics.

Beyond teaching a wide range of courses in the Academy’s Mathematics Department, Atif has travelled extensively with the Exeter Mathematics Institute to offer professional development to middle and high school mathematics teachers around the country. Even abroad, Atif has extended the reach of student-centered learning and mathematics through his visit to the Abaarso School of Science and Technology outside of Hargeisa, Somaliland. He has also served as a dorm head in Abbot Hall for both summer and regular sessions and as a recent leader in the Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics and Technology.

Atif has been an adviser to the Afro-Latinx Exeter Society and to the Academy’s Muslim Student Association. In his role as dean of multicultural affairs, Atif hopes to infuse existing programs with fresh energy, to facilitate campus-wide discussions on culturally responsive classrooms, and to embed justice, equity and inclusion in all Academy practices.