When you consider that in Columbus nearly 140,000 residents are college students, there is a hope that they are successful in school, graduate and get a job. But taking a multi-dimensional look at that “success” part, Dr. Strayhorns’ research reveals a fundamental need of the student. And it isn’t tied so much to good grades or money.
Terrell L. Strayhorn, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he also serves as Faculty Research Associate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, and Senior Research Associate in the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center for African American Males. He also holds a faculty appointment in OSU’s Department of African and Africana Studies (by courtesy). Dr. Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement, equity and diversity, impact of college on students, and student learning and development. Specifically, his research and teaching interests center on two major foci: (a) assessing student learning and development outcomes and the ways in which college affects students and (b) identifying and understanding factors that enable or inhibit the success of historically underrepresented and misrepresented populations in education, with a particular accent on the experiences of racial/ethnic minorities, college men, economically disadvantaged individuals, and marginalized groups in postsecondary education.
Professor Strayhorn is sole author or lead editor of 5 books/volumes, including Frameworks for Assessing Learning and Development Outcomes (2006), Money Matters: Influence of Financial Aid on Graduate Student Persistence (2006), African American Student Persistence (2008), The Evolving Challenges of Black College Students (2010), and the forthcoming Theoretical Frameworks in College Student Research. He has published more than 75 refereed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly reviews, and commissioned reports. He has also presented more than 130 papers at international and national conferences, including invited keynotes and panel discussions. External grants totaling approximately $800,000 from agencies such as the US Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), and American College Personnel Association (ACPA) support his research program. In 2008, Dr. Strayhorn received a prestigious NSF CAREER grant, the highest honor that NSF awards early career scientists, for his 5-year project titled, “Investigating the Critical Junctures: Strategies that Broaden Minority Male Participation in STEM Fields.”
Named “one of the most highly visible scholars in his field,” by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Strayhorn has received the 2007 ACPA Emerging Scholar Award, NASAP Benjamin L. Perry Professional Service Award, SACSA Outstanding New Professional Award, 2008 ACPA Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award, 2009 UTK Helen B. Watson Faculty Research Award, 2009 Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and most recently, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named him one of the nation’s Top Emerging Scholars. Member of the editorial boards for the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Student Affairs Research & Policy, The Review of Higher Education, and College Student Affairs Journal, Strayhorn is actively involved in professional service as ACPA Director of Research & Scholarship, Chair of the Council on Ethnic Participation within ASHE, Associate Editor of the NASAP Journal, and Faculty Liaison to the NASPA Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community.
Dr. Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree (BA) from the University of Virginia (UVA), a masters degree in educational policy (M.Ed.) from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and doctorate (PhD) in higher education from Virginia Tech. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and the proud father of two kids.
A sense of belonging is a basic human need according to Dr. Strayhorn. Belonging is especially critical for the 19 million college students. Their success and our future is tied into their feelings of dignity and respect.