Darnell  Cole

Darnell Cole

Associate Professor of Education

PhD in Higher Education Administration & Education Psychology
Indiana University

Masters in Higher Education Administration
Indiana University

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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darnellc@usc.edu213-821-4363Curriculum Vitae


Higher Education


Expert on college student experiences and performance, including those of African American, Latino, Muslim and Asian students

Darnell Cole


Dr. Darnell Cole is an Associate Professor of Education with an emphasis in higher education and education psychology. His areas of research include race/ ethnicity, diversity, college student experiences, and learning. Previously he served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (Honolulu). He was also a faculty member at Marquette University. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina, at Charlotte and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is on the review board of the Journal of College Student Development.

He has published over 25 articles and book chapters and is featured in the major journals for higher education and other related fields including The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, NASPA Journal, Journal of Classroom Behavior, and Journal of Creative Behavior. His most recent article “Constructive Criticism: The Role of Faculty Feedback on African American and Hispanic Students’ Educational Gains” appears in the Journal of College Student Development.


Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Service to the School of Education, Dean’s award of a one- year extension to the tenure calendar. - 2002

Best Teacher Award – Summer 2000, Marquette University - 2000

Holmstedt Dissertation Award, Indiana University
Dissertation: Faculty-Student Interactions of African American and
White College Students: A Sociocultural Examinatio - 1998

Fellowship recipient for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference and Pre-Conference attendance entitled - “Embracing the Minority Scholar”. - 1998

1996 Selected to participate in the Doctoral Colloquium at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference. - 1996

Selected as a delegate from Indiana University to attend the pre-conference seminar for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). - 1995

1995 Recognized for excellence in the use of “Student Development Theory” during the Masters Case Study Challenge at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Annual Conference. - 1995

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