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Dorian L. McCoy

Director, Access & Engagement


Dorian McCoy serves as the UT Knoxville College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ (CEHHS) Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He is also an associate professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. As part of his responsibilities, Dorian implements the college's diversity action plan, fostering an inclusive college environment for students, staff, faculty, and administrators. 

Through his scholarship, Dorian focuses on People’s of Color experiences in higher education. More specifically, he explores the socialization and transitional experiences of faculty, administrators, and graduate students from historically underrepresented groups and issues of access. He frames his research in critical race theory, social reproduction theory and community cultural wealth. Dorian has authored more than 30 publications and book chapters. His scholarship has been published in some of the leading higher education/student development journals including Journal of College Student DevelopmentReview of Higher Education, and Journal 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).

Dorian earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR); a Master of Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University and A&M College. He has worked at the University of Florida, Louisiana State University and A&M College, and the University of Vermont.

Contact Information

  • 326 Claxton Educational Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-3430
  • Phone: 865.974.6140
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