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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
  • Social Justice
  • Higher Education/Student Affairs

Research Summary

My research and scholarship focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in K-12 and higher education contexts. Specifically, my research and scholarship focus on three primary areas:

(a) College access, choice, transitions, and persistence for minoritized student populations

(b) The collegiate experiences and identity development of Black/African American queer students

(c) Participatory action research (PAR) and outcomes associated with participating in a PAR project


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

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2014 Dissertation Award (First Place) American Association for Blacks in Higher Education
2014 Research Recognition Award ACPA Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness
2013 Young Alumnus of the Year Elon University
2013 Outstanding Alumni of Student Affairs Program Clemson University
2011 Bobby E. Leach Award Southern Association for College Student Affairs
2011 Outstanding State and International Division Leader ACPA