Eddie R. Cole is an assistant professor of higher education in the William & Mary School of Education and affiliated faculty in the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History. As a scholar of higher education history, his approach in covering historical material and making connections to the current, critical context have garnered respect and praise from academicians as well as intellectuals and activists beyond the academy. Dr. Cole's finesse in using extensive, historical materials to address unexplored problems and issues in higher education is quickly solidifying his position as a leader in his field for scholastic research and a go-to voice for academic reportage. Notably, his research has been featured by multiple popular press outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post. He also has more than 50 national or international conference presentations and/or invited academic talks.
Decorated and distinguished describes Dr. Cole's contributions throughout his fresh yet fruitful career. Among his national awards and honors for research, he is a 2017 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Cole has also received research fellowships and grants from Princeton University, the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A pioneer at heart, Dr. Cole is currently utilizing archival materials from nearly 30 colleges and universities to prepare what will be the first national analysis of how college presidents' responses to students' civil rights demonstrations positioned these leaders within the national conversation about desegregation and civil rights in the 1960s. Ultimately, Dr. Cole aims for this book project to provide new insights on the historical role of college presidents in the debate over social change on college campuses.
Prior to joining the William & Mary faculty in 2013, he was a research project associate for the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, where he was involved with the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement. Therefore, his secondary research focus is about faculty teaching practices.
EducationPh.D. in Higher Education (Minor: Race and Rhetoric), Indiana University
M.S. in Student Affairs Administration, Indiana University
B.A. in Speech Communication, Tennessee State University
Activities and Honors
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar (2017)
Princeton University, Friends of the Princeton University Library Grant (2017)
University of Chicago, Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship (2017)
National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015)
Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research, Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network (2011)
Cole, E. R. (forthcoming). College presidents and black student protests: A historical perspective on the image of racial inclusion and the reality of exclusion. Peabody Journal of Education.
Cole, E. R., McGowan, B. L., & Zerquera, D. D. (2017). First-year faculty of color: Narratives about entering the academy. Equity & Excellence in Education, 50(1), 1-12.
Cole, E. R., & Harper, S. R. (2016). Race and rhetoric. An analysis of college presidents' statements on campus racial incidents. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. doi: 10.1037/dhe0000044
Cole, E. R., Howe, E. C., & Nelson Laird, T. F. (2016). Responsive and responsible: Faculty encouragement of civic engagement. Journal of College and Character, 17(1), 8-22.
Cole, E. R. (2015). Using rhetoric to manage campus crisis: A historical study of college presidents' speeches, 1960-1964. International Journal of Leadership and Change, 3(1), 11-18.