Tryan McMickens, EdD

Associate Professor, Education

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Dr. Tryan L. McMickens is an Associate Professor of Education 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.

Several organizations have praised his research and leadership including Suffolk University (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 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 WeekThe 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. 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

Graduate Courses in Administration of Higher Education
  • AHE 632 - Diversity Issues in Higher Education
  • AHE 634 - Student Development: Theory & Practice
  • AHE 645 - Practicum in Administration
  • AHE 647 - Critical Issues in Higher Education
  • AHE 648 - Research in Higher Education