Dr. Michael E. Jennings is Furman University’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer.  He came to Furman from the University of Texas at San Antonio where he served as a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and as an Associate Dean in the College of Education & Human Development.  Prior to that, Dr. Jennings held positions at several universities including the Catholic University of America, Johns Hopkins University and Tufts University. 

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Dr. Jennings research focuses on the role of race in education with an emphasis on the development of Critical Social Theory as a tool to analyze race, class and gender in educational spaces.  He also studies the development of autoethnography as a research method in the study of race both within and outside of educational institutions.  His work has been published in several edited books and in peer-reviewed academic journals including: Teachers College Record; Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies; Journal of African American Males in Education; Urban Education; Journal of Educational Foundations; National Association of Student Affairs Professional Journal; the Roeper Revi w; and The Gifted Child Today.​

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