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Darris R. Means

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Human Development Services (Counseling and Student Personnel Services, College Student Affairs Administration)

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Critical participatory action research
  • College access, choice, and persistence
  • Higher education and student affairs
  • science education and equity
  • Rural Students of Color and educational equity

Research Summary

My research and scholarship focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in K-12 and higher education contexts. I use a variety of methodologies in my research, including participatory action research, visual methodology, and critical methodology. Specifically, my current research and scholarship focus on four primary areas:

(a) College access and rural Students of Color

(b) Black students, science education, and equity

(c) The collegiate experiences and identity development of Black queer students

(d) Social class in higher education


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Educational Research and Policy Analysis (Concentration: Higher Education) North Carolina State University 2014
M.Ed. Counselor Education (Concentration: Student Affairs) Clemson University 2007
B.A. Political Science and Sociology Elon University 2005

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2017 Postdoctoral Fellow National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation
2017 Emerging Scholar American College Personnel Association: College Student Educators International
2015 Lilly Teaching Fellow University of Georgia
2015 Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group’s Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship American Educational Research Association
2015 “Roaring Ten” (Recognition of 10 young alumni) Clemson University
2014 Dissertation Award (First Place) American Association for Blacks in Higher Education
2014 Research Recognition Award ACPA Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness