Tryan McMickens, EdD

Associate Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice

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On leave, AY 2021-2022

Dr. Tryan L. McMickens is an Associate Professor of Education at Suffolk University. He maintains an active research agenda that examines the role of historically black colleges and universities in preparing students to participate in a diverse and democractic democracy, race in educational and social contexts, and undergraduate student engagement.

Several organizations have praised his research and leadership including Suffolk University (2020 College of Arts and Sciences Racial Equity Champion Faculty Award; 2016 Dean John Brennan Award for Outstanding Graduate Instruction), Phi Delta Kappa International (2012 Emerging Leader; 2011 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award), NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (2012 Network for Educational Equity and Ethnic Diversity Region 1 Award; 2011 Melvene D. Hardee Runner Up Dissertation of the Year Award) and the American Educational Research Association (2012 Finalist for Dissertation of the Year Award). He has been featured or quoted in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. News and World Report, and other media outlets.

Since 2005, he has delivered more than 50 professional conference presentations, research papers, workshops, symposia, and other scholarly addresses and has published multiple journal articles, book chapters, and other manuscripts in a diverse array of publications. 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).

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.


  • 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

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Courses Taught

  • AHE-634-AE Student Dev: Theory & Practice
  • AHE-645-AE Practicum in Administration
  • AHE-647-AE Critical Issues in Higher Ed
  • AHE-648-AE Research in Higher Education
  • AHE-632-AE Diversity Issues in Higher Ed
  • AHE-628-W1 Financial Aspects in Higher Ed
  • AHE-647-W1 Critical Issues in Higher Ed