Eddie R. Cole

Associate Professor

Office: 3088
Phone: (757) 221-2346
Email: [[ercole]]
Affiliations: Lyon G. Tyler Department of History
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Areas of Expertise: History of Higher Education, Civil Rights and Higher Education, College Presidents and Race, Faculty Teaching Practices


Eddie R. Cole is an associate professor of higher education in the William & Mary School of Education and affiliated faculty in the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History. He is the author of The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom (Princeton University Press, Fall 2020), where he explores academic leaders’ role in the shaping racial policies and practices both inside and outside of the educational sphere.

As a scholar of higher education history, Dr. Cole’s 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. His 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 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Decorated and distinguished describes Dr. Cole's contributions throughout his fresh yet fruitful career. In 2018, he received the Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and was invited to serve as a Dean’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 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, and has delivered invited talks at Harvard University; Duke University; and Teachers College, Columbia University.

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.

Harvard Graduate School of Education Lecture
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Ph.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

2018—Association for the Study of Higher Education, Early Career Award
2018—Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dean's Distinguished Visiting Fellow
2017—Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar
2017—Princeton University, Princeton University Library Research Grant
2017—University of Chicago, Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship
2015—National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship
2011—Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research, Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network

Selected Publications

Cole, E. R. (2018). College presidents and black student protests: A historical perspective on the image of racial inclusion and the reality of exclusion. Peabody Journal of Education, 93(1), 78-89.

Cole, E. R., & Harper, S. R. (2017). Race and rhetoric. An analysis of college presidents' statements on campus racial incidents. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 10(4), 318-333.

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., 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). Words of action: The speeches of President Alfonso Elder and the North Carolina Student Movement. In D. Danns, M. Purdy, & C. Span (Eds.), Using Past as Prologue: Contemporary Perspectives on African American Educational History. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing.

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