Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jerry Whitmore, Jr. to the position of Clinical Assistant Professor within the Higher Education Administration (HEA) program. Dr. Whitmore formerly served as the Director of First-Year and Retention Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work at UW also included directing the initiative, BioCommons, which simplifies student access to resources and opportunities relating to the study of biology.
Dr. Whitmore received his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Research in Higher Education from Louisiana State University in 2015; his dissertation was titled “Presidential Profiles: Race, Leadership Orientation, and Effectiveness.” Prior to that, he earned a Master of Arts in Applied Research Measurement and Evaluation, also from Louisiana State. He also holds a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision (Higher Education) and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-6), both from Middle Tennessee State University.
His primary teaching focus at Wheelock will center on courses in leadership development, social justice, critical experiences for college students, and the importance of higher education policy and governance. Dr. Whitmore’s teaching will support graduate students in the Higher Education Administration program, part of Wheelock’s broader Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) program.
Similarly, his research agenda represents an integration of scholarship in higher education, educational history, leadership, and sociology. At BU, he will continue contributing to the knowledge and understanding of how non-cognitive factors influence STEM/non-STEM underrepresented students in a variety of complex ways.
Additionally, as a member of the BU community, Dr. Whitmore will continue providing resources, programs, and educational assistance for special populations and the local community at large. He will also use his platform to increase the visibility of Black men in higher education, and to illuminate the needs and challenges they may face therein.