Speaker

Steve D. Mobley, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
University of Alabama

Steve D. Mobley, Jr., Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies at the University of Alabama. Dr. Mobley, Jr.’s research highlights the understudied facets of historically Black college (HBCU) communities and underscores topics surrounding race, social class, and student sexuality. He also explores how low-income and first generation students access and persist within higher education environments and how African American collegians experience post-secondary contexts.His scholarly work has also garnered national attention as he is the recipient of three national dissertation awards. His dissertation, Difference Amongst Your Own: The Lived Experiences of Low-Income African-American Students and Their Encounters with Class within Elite Historically Black College (HBCU) Environments has received recognition from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) respectively. Dr. Mobley, Jr. is a proud native of Washington, DC and has dedicated his life to enhancing the post-secondary educational experiences of underrepresented students. He also has extensive experience in the field of higher-education. Prior to his time in the academy he served his home community as a college counselor and spearheaded numerous higher education initiatives in conjunction with several non-profits geared towards increasing college access for DC students. He also has held appointments in academic affairs at Georgetown University and at the University of Maryland, where he taught courses in The College of Education, Undergraduate Studies, and the Academic Achievement Programs (A TRiO Initiative). He also places importance on being an active and engaged member of his professional community. His association work has yielded him the opportunity to be an active and engaged member of the ASHE, AERA, and NASPA communities. Education: Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park (Educational Policy & Leadership), M.S.Ed. University of Pennsylvania (Higher Education Management), B.A. Howard University (Communication and Culture)