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Tryan L. McMickens

Professor Tryan L. McMickens currently serves as the Director of the Master of Education in Administration of Higher Education Program and Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Suffolk University in Boston. He has a diverse professional background including administrative experience in fundraising, academic affairs, and student affairs administration. He has published journal articles, book chapters, and other academic publications that focus on race, class, and gender in education; teaching and learning in U.S. higher education; and qualitative inquiries in education research. He has delivered over 45 national, regional, and invited talk presentations. He has received over $25,000 in funded research awards and over $200,000 in fellowship awards from the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars Program to support his higher education.  

Several organizations have praised his research, leadership, and teaching including Suffolk University (2016 Dean John Brennan Award for Outstanding Instruction to Graduate Students); the University of Pennsylvania (2013 Recent Alumni/Early Career Award); Phi Delta Kappa International (2012 Emerging Leader; 2011 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award); and 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). He has been featured or quoted in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. News and World Report, and other media outlets.

Professor McMickens received his educational doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a master’s degree in administration of higher education from Suffolk University and received bachelor’s degrees in sales & marketing and business administration from Tuskegee University.