Tryan L. McMickens, EdD

Assistant Professor, Administration of Higher Education Program

Phone: 617-725-4176
Fax: 617-973-5323 
Email: tmcmickens@suffolk.edu
Office: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 1065

Education

  • EdD, University of Pennsylvania
  • MEd, Suffolk University
  • BS, Tuskegee University

Research Interests

  • Race, Racism, and Racial Messaging in Higher Education
  • African American Education
  • Graduate Student Experiences in Higher Education
  • Fundraising in American Colleges and Universities
  • Qualitative Methods of Inquiry

Short Biography

Dr. Tryan L. McMickens is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Education in Administration of Higher Education Program at Suffolk University. He maintains an active research agenda that examines race in educational and social contexts, the role of historically black colleges and universities in a multicultural society, and undergraduate student engagement. His research has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

In 2012, Dr. McMickens received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation of the Year Award from Phi Delta Kappa International and the Melvene D. Hardee First-Runner Up Dissertation of the Year Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) for his study, Racism Readiness as an Educational Outcome for Graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Multi-Campus Grounded Theory Study.

Since 2005, he has delivered more than 30 professional conference presentations, research papers, workshops, symposia, and other scholarly addresses. He actively participates in the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Dr. McMickens currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. His baccalaureate degrees in sales and marketing/business administration are from Tuskegee University, his master’s degree in administration of higher education is from Suffolk University, and his educational doctorate in higher education is from the University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Employment

  • Assistant Director, National Black Male College Achievement Study and Assistant Director, Grad
  • Prep Academy at University of Pennsylvania
  • Graduate Associate at University of Pennsylvania
  • Research Assistant to Dr. Shaun R. Harper at University of Pennsylvania
  • Research Fellow at Thurgood Marshall College Fund
  • Office of Resource Development Graduate Assistant at Harvard Medical School

Selected Publications

McMickens, T. L. (2012). Running the race when race is a factor. Phi Delta Kappan, 93(8), 39-43.

Gasman, M. & McMickens, T.L. (2010). Liberal or professional education? The missions of public Black colleges and universities and their impact on the future of African Americans. SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, 12(3), 286-305.

Dawkins, N. L., McMickens, T., Findlay, H. J., & Pace, R. D. (2010). Community leaders' knowledge and perceptions about obesity: Implications for outreach educators in designing interventions. Journal of Extension, 48(5), RIB2, 1-13.

McMickens, T. L. (2009). Concordia College-Selma. In Encyclopedia of Alabama.

McMickens, T.L. (2008). Tuskegee University. In Lomotey, K. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of African American Education, 2, 630-633

Selected National Conference Presentations

McMickens, T. L. (2012, April). Toward a theoretical model: Examining racism readiness at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Paper accepted for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Brown, R. L., McMickens, T. L., & Truong, K. A. (2012, April). Using critical race theory to examine presidential leadership at three historically Black colleges and universities. Paper accepted for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Truong, K. A., McMickens, T. L., & Brown, R. L. (2012, March). Conveying knowledge, resources, and opportunities for doctoral students of color. Paper accepted for the annual meeting of the American College Personnel Association, Louisville, KY.

McMickens, T. L. (2011, April). A closer look at graduate student experiences: Making sense of 'racism readiness' among HBCU graduates. American Educational Research Association.

Harper, S. R., & McMickens, T. L. (2011, April). Mary McLeod Bethune: Fundraising strategies and implications for contemporary HBCU presidents. American Educational Research Association.

McMickens, T. L., Harper, S. R., & Rome, K. (2011, March). Staffing and professional engagement in student affairs at HBCUs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators, Philadelphia, PA.

McMickens, T. L. (2010, November). An overview: Exploring racism readiness at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Truong, K. A., & McMickens, T. L. (2010, March). The racialized experiences of doctoral students of color. American College Personnel Association.

McMickens, T. L., & Truong, K. A. (2009, November). Conceptions of race and racism as they relate to the presidential election. Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Yee, A., Truong, K.A., & McMickens, T.L. (2009, March). The invisible student: Acclimation to the ivy tower. American College Personnel Association.

Truong, K.A., & McMickens, T.L. (2009, March). Knowledge and perception of racism among White student leaders. American College Personnel Association.

Truong, K. A., & McMickens, T. L. (2009, February). Placing race at the center: A case study of a critical race theory in education course. Session co-presented at Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni of Color Conference. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Truong, K.A., & McMickens, T.L. (2008, February). Duality of oppression and privilege: A case study of Mike Woodward. Session co-presented at arvard Graduate School of Education Alumni of Color Conference. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Funded Research

McMickens, T.L. (2011). Racism readiness as an educational outcome at historically Black colleges and universities: A multi-campus grounded theory study. Principal Investigator. Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars Program. Awarded: $8,950.

McMickens, T.L., & Dawkins, N.(2005). Knowledge and perception on the prevalence of overweight and obesity among community leaders in Macon county. Principal investigator. Project funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) c/o Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care: Public Health and Bioethics Education and TrainingCore. Awarded: $3,000.

Courses

Graduate Courses in Administration of Higher Education

EHS 632 - Diversity Issues in Higher Education
EHS 634 - Student Development: Theory & Practice
EHS 645 - Practicum A: Practicum in Administration
EHS 647 - Critical Issues in Higher Education
EHS 648 - Research in Higher Education