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About Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas, Ph.D.

Dr. Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri. Drawing on his international background, Dr. Douglas’ research explores the intersections between identity, community space, and the social and cultural foundations of leadership and education. Specifically, his research interests include Black Masculinity/Black Family/African Diaspora Studies, Critical Spirituality, and Community-based Pedagogical Spaces. 
He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Studies/Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Cultural Studies and a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a B.A. from Oakwood University, and an A.S. from Bermuda College. 
He has taught in K-12 and post-secondary settings, founded and directed a GED Community School, and served as a supervisor of Bermuda Government Summer-day Camp programs. He was also awarded the 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award by the Critical Educators for Social Justice Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for his dissertation.
Dr. Douglas has served on the Executive Council of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) and is an affiliate faculty member of the Black Studies program at MU. He was the 2013-14 UNCG School of Education Early Career Alumni Award Recipient and also the AERA Division A, Section 4 Program Chair for 2014. His most recent publications have appeared in outlets such as Teachers College Press, Educational Studies, The Urban Review, Race, Ethnicity, and Education and The Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Diversity and Equity.
Dr. Douglas is a dynamic and sought-after international speaker who captivates audiences with his unique combination of depth, wit, and practicality. He has inspired audiences in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the United States, including serving as keynote speaker for major national and international universities, corporations, and community organizations. 
The author of the award-winning book, Border Crossing Brothas: Black Males Navigating Race, Place and Complex Space (see book trailer and the recipient of a NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant to study Black male student athletes (see Hope in Complex Times:, Dr. Douglas also serves as the Executive Director of the Salt Center, a theory-to-practice community-based space that is impacting the urban core of Columbia, MO through outreach, programmatic innovation, mentorship and strategic collaborations. His new book (2019 release) on university campus uprisings has been accepted for publication at Teachers College Press. 


Present Affiliate Faculty Member, Black Studies Program, University of Missouri-Columbia
Present Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri-Columbia
Present Executive Committee Member, American Educational Studies Association (AESA)

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Black masculinity/ Black Family/ African Diaspora Studies, Social & Cultural Foundations of Education/ Leadership, Community-based Pedagogical Spaces, and Spirituality and Education

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Honors and Awards

  • Mizzou Alumni Association Richard Wallace Faculty Incentive Grant Award (with Dr. Bryana French)
  • 2013 UNCG School of Education Early Career Award
  • 2013 AERA Critical Educators in Social Justice SIG's Distinguished Dissertation Award Recipient
  • 2011-2012 UNCG School of Education Teaching Assistant Teaching Excellence Award Recipient
  • 2011 UCEA Jackson Scholar Inductee
  • 2010 AACTE Holmes Scholar Inductee


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