Meet the Dean
Dr. Anthony Graham is the Dean of the College of Education (CEd) and a Professor of Educator Preparation at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. With Dr. Graham’s emphasis on transformative and servant leadership, the faculty and staff of the CEd continues to implement meaningful programs and initiatives aligned with the university’s Preeminence 2020 strategic plan and the College’s 2015-2020 strategic plan. The College’s focus centers on preparing candidates who use appropriate assessments and technologies to respond to the needs of diverse people irrespective of environment or context. CEd candidates actively reflect on data, scholarly literature, and their practice to inform their decision making and future action.
Prior to joining the College of Education, Dr. Graham worked as a high school English teacher and as an Academic Counselor/Lecturer in the Center for Student Success (now the Center for Academic Excellence) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Graham joined the Department of Educator Preparation in the College of Education in August 2003 where he served as an adjunct faculty members and coordinator of the Praxis I program. In these roles, Dr. Graham advocated for student success and worked with colleagues to conceptualize, design, and implement initiatives and programs that promoted student growth and development. In 2006, he transitioned to a tenure track Assistant Professor position within the department where he attained tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. By 2013, Dr. Graham achieved the rank of Professor in Educator Preparation at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
With this professional background and his personal experience as a ‘struggling learner’ throughout his K-12 public school and undergraduate career, Dr. Graham has engaged in research focused primarily on the experiences of Black males in K-12 public schools and ways in which classroom teachers and community leaders can transform their environments to promote cultural, academic, and professional identities for these youth. His engagement activities have included the Charles Hamilton Houston Leadership Institute for Adolescent Black Boys, a residential summer camp on the campus of North Carolina A&T for 9th to 12th grade boys, the annual Urban Education Institute which focuses on barriers that inhibit students of color in urban schools from achieving academic success, and the “Onward and Upward toward the Light” Scholarship Search Conference designed to orient high school students to the college application, college admission, and scholarship search process. Dr. Graham has also worked very closely with Guilford County Schools, collaborating with members of the Board of Education to address the academic underperformance and suspension rates of Black males as well as working with school administrators and teachers to improve student reading proficiency rates.
Dr. Graham’s work in academia has not gone unnoticed. He was recognized as one of the Piedmont Triad’s “2014 40 Leaders Under the Age of 40” awardees by the Business Journal magazine. He has also received the “Young Leader on the Move Award” from the Greensboro Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club in 2015, and he received the “Sarah Herbin Community Engagement Award” in 2014 by the Black Child Development Institute. Additionally, the Empire Corporation named him one of the Top Young Executives and Professionals in the United States. He was also recognized by Marquis Who’s Who in America and by Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. In 2006, Graham received the College of Education’s Grantsmanship Award for his grant writing prowess, and he was awarded the Academic Advising Excellence Award at North Carolina A&T State University in 2007. In 2008, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Investigator Award at North Carolina A&T State University. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He is a sought-after public speaker who shares his message of optimism, collective efficacy, critical consciousness, servant leadership, and social activism.