Jesse Ford

Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) Department 

Assistant Professor

Research Interest

  • Graduate student and faculty socialcultural academic socialization
  • Issues of race and racism in higher education
  • Black P-20 student experiences
  • Leadership education


  • Ph.D. in Higher Education, Florida State University
  • Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation, Florida State University
  • M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of South Carolina
  • B.A. in History, Coastal Carolina University


Dr. Jesse Ford is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Teacher Education and Higher Education department. As a former student affairs administrator, he uses a theory to practice approach to student learning. Dr. Ford’s research uses culturally responsive frameworks to explore the social and political influences of race and gender. More specifically, he employs qualitative methodologies to tackle inequity in education, particularly within the socialization experiences of underrepresented students, faculty, and administrators across the P-20 pipeline.

Link to Dr. Ford’s CV


Perez-Felkner, L., Ford, J. R., Zhao, T., Anthony, M., Harrison, J., & Rahming, S. (2020). Basic needs
insecurity among doctoral students: What it looks like and how to address it. About Campus: Enriching the Student Experience, 24(6), 18-24

Ford, J. R., & Sumpter, R. (2018). The making of a HBCU president: A case for transformational
leadership in challenging times. In C. O. Okpala & K. Y. Walker (Eds.), Improving the Perception and Viability of HBCU’s: A 360 Degree Perspective. Lexington Books, Lanham, MD.

Ford, J. R. (2013) African-American male electronic mentoring: An effort to retain our students.
The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Campus Activities Programming Magazine, 46(3), 17-19.