PB native awarded tenure and promoted at University of Oklahoma


T. Elon Dancy II has been awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of higher education at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Dancy holds joint appointments in African & African American Studies, Women & Gender Studies, and the OU Center for Social Justice. He joined the OU faculty following faculty appointments at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Prior to becoming a professor, Dancy held various administrative posts in both university advancement and health-care settings.

Dancy’s research broadly relates to the identity development of college students, particularly related to issues of race, gender, and culture. More specifically, he studies African American males in K-20 educational settings. With more than 50 publications to his credit, he is the author/editor of four books, including “The Brother Code: Manhood and Masculinity among African American Males in College” and “Educating African American Males: The Challenges of Context and the Possibilities for Practice”.

Dancy’s research on African American male identity, college student access and success, and campus diversity has appeared in some of the most prominent educational research journals in the field. He has given more than 50 peer-reviewed papers at scholarly and professional conferences. This year, Dancy was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support his work on males of color and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition, he is senior editor of the College Student Affairs Journal, an international peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to college student affairs administration.

This year, he won faculty of the year honors from both the OU Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He has received research awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education-Council on Ethnic Participation, the American Educational Research Association, and the Louisiana State University College of Education. He was twice named an Emerging Education Policy Scholar from both the Thomas B. Fordham and American Enterprise Institutes.

Dancy received his bachelor of science with honors in psychology from UAPB and his master of health administration from UALR. He received a doctorate with distinction in higher education from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge with a cognate in sociology. Dancy is the son of Gwendolyn and Theodis Dancy of Pine Bluff.