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Dorian L. McCoy

Associate Department Head; Associate Professor; Program Coordinator, College Student Personnel


Dorian L. McCoy is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He serves as coordinator for the College Student Personnel program and co-directs the UTK-Project GRAD Summer Institute.

Dorian teaches Introduction to Student Affairs Administration, Multiculturalism in Higher Education, Introduction to Qualitative Research, and coordinates the practicum experience.  He received his PhD in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University, has a Master’s of Education (Higher Education – College Student Personnel) from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Business Administration – Management from Henderson State University.  Dorian has 10 years of administrative experience, having worked in student life/affairs and human resource management at the University of Florida and Louisiana State University.  Prior to joining the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, he was a G. W. Henderson Post-Doctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont.

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.  His research is typically framed in critical race theory or social reproduction theory.  He is currently collaborating on a study that explores how students acquire/develop aspirational capital and their pursuit of graduate/professional degrees. 

Dorian has authored more than 20 publications and book chapters, including a monograph on critical race theory, Critical Race Theory in Higher Education: 20 Years of Theoretical and Research Innovations.  He has published in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Higher Education, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.  He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice and the College Student Affairs Journal.  Dorian is active in the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA).  He is currently the NASPA Region III Faculty Representative. 

Contact Information

  • 1122 Volunteer Boulevard 317 Bailey Education Complex, Knoxville, TN 37996-3430
  • Phone: 865-974-6140
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