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Dorian L. McCoy

Assistant Professor


Dorian L. McCoy is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He teaches Introduction to Student Affairs Administration, Organization & Administration of Student Affairs/Higher Education, Multiculturalism, and Introduction to Qualitative Research. He received his PhD in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University (2006). He has a Master’s of Education (Higher Education – College Student Personnel) from the University of Arkansas (1992) and a Bachelor of Business Administration – Management from Henderson State University (1990). Dorian’s research focuses on People’s of Color experiences in higher education. More specifically, his research explores the socialization and transitional experiences of faculty, administrators, and graduate students from historically underrepresented groups and issues of access to higher education. He recently co-authored a monograph on critical race theory, Critical Race Theory in Higher Education: 20 Years of Theoretical and Research Innovations. Dorian has published in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Higher Education, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and has written chapters in several higher education texts including Research in the College Context: Approaches and Methods (2nd ed.). Dorian serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice and the College Student Affairs Journal. He is active in the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), ACPA-College Student Educators International, and NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. In addition, he serves as co-director of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Project GRAD Summer Institute.


Critical Race Theory Access (and transition) to higher education for historically underrepresented populations Social/Cultural Capital

Contact Information

  • 1122 Volunteer Boulevard 319 Bailey Education Complex, Knoxville, TN 37996-3430
  • Phone: 865-974-6140
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