Terrell L. Strayhorn (M.Ed. ‘00 Ed Policy Studies), professor of education in The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology, has received the Curry School of Education Foundation’s 2014 Outstanding Higher Education Faculty Award. The award is presented annually to a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education in recognition of his professional stature and exemplary record of teaching, research and service.
Upon his promotion in June 2014, Strayhorn became the youngest full professor and one of only 45 Black full professors at OSU, which employs nearly 4,000 tenure-track faculty members.
Additionally, he serves as director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise. He is senior research associate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Criminal Justice Research Center, and Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male.
“From the very beginning, he started to make enormous impact, research-wise and practically, on the campus and then beyond,” said E. Gordon Gee of Strayhorn, who joined the OSU faculty in 2010. Gee is a former president of OSU and current president of West Virginia University. “In a short period of time, he has charted a course of excellence and also charted a course of public discussion about issues of major importance in this country and for higher education.”
Strayhorn’s research focuses on assessing student learning and development outcomes and the ways in which college affects students. His research also aims to identify and understand factors that enable or inhibit the success of historically underrepresented, misrepresented, and otherwise vulnerable populations in education. He focuses particularly on issues of race, class, and gender and how they affect the experiences of racial/ethnic minorities, college men, economically disadvantaged individuals, and marginalized groups in postsecondary education.
Strayhorn is the editor of Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men. A prolific writer, he has published several books including, “Living at the Intersections: Social Identities and Black Collegians,” “Theoretical Frameworks in College Student Research,” and “College Students’ Sense of Belonging.” He has several books currently in press and in development.
In 2013 he was named among the Top 25 African American Professors in Ohio by Online Schools Ohio. He has received a number of early career honors for his scholarship, including recognition by the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association. BusinessFirst magazine named him “20 to Know in Education.”
Strayhorn is a 1999 graduate of the University of Virginia. He received a master of education degree in educational policy studies from the Curry School of Education in 2000. He received his doctor of philosophy degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is currently working on a master in the study of law degree from OSU’s Moritz College of Law. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Strayhorn will receive his award at a Curry School of Education dinner on October 23, 2014.