Richard J. Reddick

Richard J. Reddick

Assistant Professor, Ed.D.; Coordinator, M.Ed. Program in College & University Student Personnel Administration

Higher Education concentration, Program in Higher Education Leadership


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 310B (note new office location)
Monday: 1-3
Wednesday: 1-3
Office hours are by appointment; please call or e-mail to arrange.

+1 512-475-8587

+1 512-471-5975

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Courses of Instruction
EDA 391S, History of Higher Education (Fall)
EDA 388E, Economics and Finance of Higher Education (Fall)
EDA 381Q, Qualitative Research Design (Spring)
EDA 382M, Organizational Design and Behavior (Spring)

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Educational Administration
1912 Speedway D5400
Austin, TX 78712-1604
UT Mail Code: D5400

Full Vita
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Richard J. Reddick, 2010-2011 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Fellow, is an assistant professor in the College of Education's Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin, and is also the coordinator of the M.Ed. program in College and University Student Personnel Administration. Dr. Reddick is an award winning teacher and scholar, the recipient of the Spring 2009 Eyes of Texas Excellence Award, 2012 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies Faculty Teaching Award, and the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) Faculty Member of the Year Award. Dr. Reddick is also an affiliate of the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and the Gender and Sexuality Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Reddick's teaching and research focuses on diversity in higher education, the sociocultural adaptation of Black families, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Reddick's research on mentoring relationships between faculty and Black students includes factors influencing faculty mentorship, the role of formative experiences in professors' lives in their approach to mentoring, and the advising and counseling approaches utilized by faculty in mentoring Black students.

Prior to joining the UT faculty, Dr. Reddick worked in student affairs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, and Emory University. Previously, he taught elementary and middle school in inner city Houston, in addition to training Teach For America corps members as a school director. Dr. Reddick has co-authored and co-edited four books on the African-American family, historically Black colleges and universities, and the impact of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling on diversity in American education, as well as over 25 publications, including peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book chapters. Dr. Reddick is a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin (BA, Plan II, 1995) and has earned graduate degrees from Harvard University (Ed.D., Higher Education, 2007, and Ed.M., Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, 1998). A proud Austinite and former Jeopardy! champion, Dr. Reddick attended Del Valle, Travis, and Reagan High Schools, and graduated from Johnston High School with honors in 1990. Dr. Reddick and his wife Sherry (BJ, The University of Texas at Austin, 1997) are the proud parents of two children, Karl and Katherine.

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Ed.D., Higher Education, Harvard University (2007) [Elected Lead Class Marshal]

Ed.M., Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard University (1998)

B.A., Plan II Liberal Arts Honors/African-American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (1995) [Dean's Distinguished Graduate, College of Liberal Arts]

Representative Publications

Reddick, R. J. & Sáenz, V. B. (2012). Coming home: Hermanos académicos reflect on paths and present realities at their home institution. Harvard Educational Review, 82(3), 353-380.

Reddick, R. J., & Young, M. D. (2012). Mentoring graduate students of color. In S. Fletcher & C. Mullen (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of mentoring and coaching for education (pp. 412-429). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Griffin, K. A., & Reddick, R. J. (2011). Surveillance and sacrifice: Gender differences in the mentoring patterns of Black professors at predominantly White research universities. American Educational Research Journal, 48(5), 1032-1057. doi: 10.3102/0002831211405025.

Reddick, R. J. (2011). Intersecting identities: Mentoring contributions and challenges for Black faculty mentoring Black undergraduates. Mentoring & Tutoring, 19(3), 319-346.

Reddick, R. J., Rochlen, A. B., Grasso, J. R., Reilly, E. R., & Spikes, D. R. (2011). Academic fathers pursuing tenure: A qualitative study of work-family conflict, coping strategies, and departmental culture. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0023206

Willie, C. V. & Reddick, R. J. (2010). A new look at Black families (6th ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Carter, D. J., Flores, S. M., & Reddick, R. J. (Eds.). (2005). Legacies of Brown: Multiracial equity in American education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Recent Awards

  • Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award, Ex-Students' Association of The University of Texas (2012).
  • Career Enhancement Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (2010-2011).
  • Faculty Research Grant, Office of the Vice President of Research, The University of Texas at Austin (2009).
  • Eyes of Texas Excellence Award (2009).
  • John L. Warfield Center for African and African-American Studies Faculty Summer Grant Award, The University of Texas at Austin (2009 and 2010).
  • The University of Texas Center for Collaborative Educational Research and Policy Research Grant (2008).
  • Commencement Lead Marshal, Class of 2008, Harvard Graduate School of Education (2008).
  • Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant (2003-6).

Current Research Projects and Grants

Mentor Experiences in the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate Internship at The University of Texas at Austin (with Dr. Rick Cherwitz)

"A Hole in Austin's Soul": Optimally Aligning Black Faculty Community Engagement and Scholarship at an Urban, Southern Predominantly White Community and Institution

Gender Differences Among African American Faculty Mentors (with Dr. Kimberly Griffin, Pennsylvania State University)

Academic Fathers and Institutional Policies (with Dr. Aaron Rochlen)

Austin High-Poverty, High Minority High School Graduates of Color in Higher Education (sponsor: UT Center for Collaborative Educational Research and Policy)

The Dire State of African-American Males in Higher Education (with Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig)

Research Interests and Expertise

Mentoring in higher education; status of African-American faculty in higher education; historically Black colleges and universities; best practices in promoting inclusivity and diversity in higher education; status of African-American families in American society; experiences of students of color in American higher education; qualitative research methods (phenomenological interviewing).

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Chair, The University of Texas at Austin Faculty Council Standing Committee on Student Life and Activities (2011-2012)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (2010-present)
  • Member, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board African American Male Initiative Task Force (2010-present)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)