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Dorian L. McCoy

Associate Department Head, Associate Professor


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 UTK-Project GRAD Summer Institute. In addition, Dorian serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach and the Office of Diversity and Engagement

Dorian teaches Multiculturalism in Higher Education and Introduction to Qualitative Research, and coordinates the practicum experience. 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.

Full Profile


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, social 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. 


  • PhD, Educational Leadership and Research, Louisiana State University & Agricultural and Mechanical College
  • Master of Education, Higher Education – College Student Personnel, University of Arkansas
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Management, Henderson State University.


Dr. McCoy 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 DevelopmentJournal 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 the SACSA Faculty Liaison.

Contact Information

  • 1122 Volunteer Boulevard 317 Bailey Education Complex, Knoxville, TN 37996-3430
  • Phone: 865.974.6140
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