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Dorian L. McCoy

Associate Professor; Associate Department Head; CEHHS Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Dorian L. McCoy is the CEHHS director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is an associate professor of higher education and also serves as associate department head in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dorian also co-directs the University of Tennessee, Knoxville-Project GRAD Knoxville Summer Institute.

He received his PhD in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University and A&M College, his Master of Education (Higher Education – College Student Personnel) from the University of Arkansas, and his Bachelor of Business Administration – Management from Henderson State University. Dorian has 10 years of administrative experience, working 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. His research is typically framed in critical race theory, social reproduction theory, or community cultural wealth.

Dorian has authored more than 25 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, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and The Review of Higher Education. 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).

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  • 1122 Volunteer Boulevard; Bailey Education Complex, Knoxville, TN 37996-3430
  • Phone: 865.974.6140
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