Research on HBCUs Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

Tryan L. McMickens, a visiting assistant professor at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, received the 2011-2012 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the PDK International Foundation. The award, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize, is given to a scholar whose research shows the most promise for improving education. Dr. McMickens dissertation examines how historically Black colleges and universities prepare their students for cross-racial, post-collegiate environments.

Dr. McMickens earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation, entitled “Racism Readiness as an Educational Outcome for Graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Multi-Campus Grounded Theory Study,” will be published in the May 2012 issue of Kappan magazine. In doing research for this project, D. McMickens interviewed more than 80 alumni and graduating seniors at 20 HBCUs.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Three African Americans Appointed to New Academic Positions

Leon Prieto, Kofi Afrifah, and Andrea Moore have been appointed to new academic positions at Clayton University, Bowie State University, and Savannah State University, respectively.

Historic HBCU Landmark Revitalized Through National Park Service Grant

Through three restoration grants totaling $2 million, the Rosenwald Practice School and Principal House will be fully restored, becoming the new home for the Northeastern North Carolina African American Research and Cultural Heritage Institute.

Five Black Leaders Appointed to Administrative Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of African American who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to

North Carolina A&T University Establishes Research Partnership with Collins Aerospace

“There are direct relations to the research we do in the College of Engineering and the mission purpose of Collins Aerospace,” said Stephanie Luster-Teasley, interim dean of the College of Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. “Being able to partner with Collins really gives our students the opportunities for hands-on research at each level – undergraduate and graduate.”

Featured Jobs