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About Robert T. Palmer, PhD

Dr. Robert T. Palmer is Department Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University. His research examines issues of access, equity, retention, persistence, and the college experience of racial and ethnic minorities, particularly within the context of historically Black colleges and universities. Dr. Palmer’s work has been published in leading journals in higher education, such The Journal of College Student Development, Teachers College Record, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Negro Education, College Student Affairs Journal, Journal of College Student Retention, The Negro Educational Review, and Journal of Black Studies, among others. Since earning his PhD in 2007, Dr. Palmer has authored/ co-authored well over 100 academic publications. His books include Racial and ethnic minority students’ success in STEM education (2011, Jossey-Bass), Black men in college: Implications for HBCUs and beyond (2012, Routledge), Black graduate education at HBCUs: Trends, experiences, and outcomes (2012, Information Age Publishing), Fostering success of ethnic and racial minorities in STEM: The role of minority serving institution (2012, Routledge), Community colleges and STEM: Examining underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities (2013, Routledge), STEM models of success: Programs, policies, and Practices (2014, Information Age Press), Black male collegians: Increasing access, retention, and persistence in higher education (2014, Jossey-Bass), Understanding HIV and STI Prevention for College Students (2014, Routledge), Black men in higher education: A Guide to Ensuring Success (2014, Routledge), Exploring diversity at historically Black colleges and universities: Implications for policy and practice (2015, Jossey-Bass), Hispanic serving institutions: Their origins, and present, and future challenges (2015, Stylus), the African American students’ guide to STEM Career (2017, Greenwood Publishing), Black men in the academy: Stories of resiliency, inspiration, and success (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), Effective leadership at Minority-Serving Institutions ( 2017, Routledge),  Graduate and professional education at Historically Black colleges and universities (2017, Routledge), and Models and bridges for supporting students at Minority-Serving Institutions (forthcoming, Jossey-Bass). In 2009, the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Standing Committee for Men recognized his excellent research on Black men with its Outstanding Research Award. In 2011, Dr. Palmer was named an ACPA Emerging Scholar and in 2012 and a Senior Scholar in 2017. In 2012, he also received the Carlos J. Vallejo Award of Emerging Scholarship from the American Education Research Association (AERA). Furthermore, in 2012, he was awarded the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)-Mildred García Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award. In 2015, Diverse Issues in Higher Education recognized Dr. Palmer as an Emerging Scholar. Later that year, he also received the SUNY Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. This prestigious award is normally given to a full professor. Dr. Palmer is on the editorial boards of the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Negro Education, Journal of African American Males in Education, ASHE Monograph Series, and Spectrum: A journal on Black men. He also serves as an occasional reviewer for a variety of journals in higher education. Dr. Palmer earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University in 2007, M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis on Higher Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and the History at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2001.


Present Affiliated doctoral faculty, specific to the independent Ed.D, College of Education, San Diego State University, Research Affiliate, Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania.
Present Chair and Associate Professor, Howard University Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Education

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Scholar, Diverse Issues of Higher Education, 2015
  • Research Alliance Coordinator, Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic
  • Research Affiliate, Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2012 AERA Outstanding Reviewer
  • 2012 ASHE-Mildred García Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award
  • 2012 Carlos J. Vallejo Award for Emerging Scholarship, American Educational Research Association
  • 2011 American College Personnel Association Emerging Scholar Award
  • 2009 Outstanding Research Award, American College Personnel Association Standing Committee for Men
  • Paper of the Year, First Place (Social Science Category), National Black Graduate Student Conference, 2008
  • Participant, American Educational Research Association (AERA) Emerging Scholar Seminar: Chicago, IL, 2007.
  • Broad of Governor Scholarship (Shippensburg University, 1998-2001)
  • Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society
  • Elnetta Jones Scholarship (Shippensburg University, 2001)


  • Counseling Methods in Student Affairs
  • Culture of the American College Student
  • Theories of Student Retention and Persistence in Higher Education
  • Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Higher Education

Contact Information

Dr. Robert T. Palmer
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
College of Education
Howard University
2441 4th St. NW, Washington, DC 20059
Office: (202) 806-7354

Books (13)

Black Men in Postsecondary Education (18)