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Dorian McCoy, Director of Diversity

Dorian L. McCoy

Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


Dorian L. McCoy is an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Associate Department Head 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 University of Tennessee, Knoxville-Project GRAD Summer. He was recently appointed Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for the college.

Dorian received his PhD in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University and A&M College, 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 reproduction theory, or community cultural wealth. He is currently collaborating on a study that explores how students acquire/develop aspirational capital and their pursuit of graduate/professional degrees and another study that focuses on how students, faculty, administrators and staff working in higher education are navigating the corona virus/COVID19 pandemic.

Dorian has authored more than 20 publications and book chapters, including a monographon 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. He is a frequent guest reviewer for the Journal of Higher Education and the Journal of Diversity in 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). He is currently serving on the ASHE 2020 Program Committee and the NASPA 2021 Conference Leadership Committee.

Dorian McCoy, Director of Diversity

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