Penn GSE CMSI

Felecia Commodore

Senior Research Associate

Felecia is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Educational Foundations and Leadership at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and a Senior Research Associate at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Felecia's research focus areas are leadership, governance, and administrative practices with a particular focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions. Felecia’s research interests also lie in how leadership is exercised, constructed, and viewed in various communities as well as the relationship of Black women and leadership. Felecia currently has work relating to this research published in the Journal of Multicultural Education and the Journal of Negro Education. She is also contributor to HBCULifestyle.com, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and Noodle.com. She is co-editor of the book Opportunities and Challenges of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Graduate Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): A Student Perspective.

Felecia has a background working as an admissions counselor and academic advisor at Trinity University, Washington, D.C., and University of Maryland, College Park, respectively. Felecia received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She also obtained an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Sociology from Drexel University.