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Dr. Christopher Dunbar, Jr., Professor
EDUCATION
Ph.D.         Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
M.A.         Educational Foundations, California State University of Los Angeles, 1994
B.A.         Political Science, California State University of Los Angeles, 1979
Ph.D. Dissertation
My dissertation entitled Alternative Education: Does Anyone Know We’re Here? An Interpretive Ethnography of the Experiences of African American Male Students in a Midwest Alternative School Environment examined the experiences of African American male students, who resist the traditional school culture and as a result are mandated to alternative school environments.
PUBLICATIONS
Books and Monographs
Dunbar, C. Jr. (2001). African American Males and Alternative Education: Does Anyone Know We’re Here? New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishers.

Dunbar, C. Jr., (2004) Classroom Management (Monograph).  East Lansing, MI. Michigan State University Outreach.

Refereed Articles
McNeal, L., Dunbar, C. Jr. (2010) In the Eyes of the Beholder: Urban Student Perceptions of Zero Tolerance Policy.  Urban Education Vol. 44 No.6.

Villarruel, F.A.and Dunbar, C. Jr., (2006). Culture, Race, and Zero Tolerance Policy: The Implications.  Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 6 (2), pp. 53-63

Dunbar, C Jr., and Villarruel, F.A. (2004). What a Difference a Community Makes: Urban and Rural School Leaders and the Implementation of Zero Tolerance. Equity and Excellence in Education, 37: pp.351-359.

Dunbar, C Jr., (2003). A Shadow That Clouds My View. Qualitative Inquiry. 1 (9), pp. 15-17.

Dunbar, C Jr., and Villarruel, F.A. (2002).  Urban School Leaders and the Implementation of Zero Tolerance Policy: An Examination of its Implications. Peabody Journal of Education 77, pp.82-104.

Dunbar, C Jr. (2002). Alternative School Administrators “At Risk”: What does it mean for children? Trotter Review 14 (1), pp. 105-120.

Dunbar, C Jr. (2001) From Alternative School to Incarceration. Qualitative Inquiry 7 (3), pp. 158-170.

Dunbar, C Jr. (2000). Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen. Cultural Studies 5, pp. 57-62.

Dunbar, C Jr., (1999). Three Short Stories. Qualitative Inquiry 5 (1), pp. 130-140.

Dunbar, C Jr., (1999). The Politics of Participation in School Reform: African American males and Participation: Promising Inclusion Practicing Exclusion. Theory Into Practice 38 (4), pp. 241-246.

Book Chapters
Dunbar, C. Jr. McNeal, L. (2010). A Path of their Own. A Grassroots Approach to NCLB Manates. In Moore, J., and Lewis, C. (Eds.) Urban School Contexts for African American Students: Crisis and Prospects for Improvement

Dunbar, C. Jr., (2008). Critical Race Theory and Indigenous Methodologies. (pp.85-99) In N.K. Denzin and Y.S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook on Critical Race Theory and Indigenous Methodologies.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Plank, D. N., Dunbar, C. Jr., (2007) No Remedy Left Behind. (pp. 202-224.) In F. Hess and C. Finn No Remedy Left Behind. AEI Press.

Dunbar, C. Jr., (2006). Un-packing a Double-Consciousness: The Only Negro in the Class. (Pp. 181-191). In N.K., Denzin, and M., Giardina. (Eds.) Contesting Empire: Globalizing Dissent Cultural Studies After 9/11. Boulder/London.  Paradigm Publishers

Plank, D. N., Dunbar, C. Jr., (2005). False Start in Michigan. (pp.137-160.) In F.Hess, and C. Finn (Eds.) Leaving No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  New York, NY.  Palgrave MacMillan.

Villarruel, F. A., Outlay, C. W., Dunbar, C. Jr., and Montero-Sieburth, M. (2005).  Dorothy, There is no Yellow Brick Road: The Paradox of Community Youth Development Approaches for Latino and African American Urban Youth (pp. 111-130).  In J. L. Mahoney, J. Eccles, & R. Larson (Eds.), Organized Activities as Contexts of Development. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.

Dunbar, C. Jr., and Mabokela, R.O. (2003). I’m Gonna be Somebody: Dashed Hopes and Withered Dreams (pp.175-191). In C.C Yeakey and R. D Henderson (Eds.) Surmounting the Odds Equalizing Educational Opportunity in the New Millennium? Greenwich Connecticut.

Dunbar, C. Jr., (2002). Three Short Stories. (pp. 130-140). Reprinted in N.K. Denzin and Y.S. Lincoln (Eds.), The Qualitative Inquiry Reader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Dunbar, C. Jr. Rodriguez, D. Parker, L., (2001). Race, Subjectivity, and the Interview Process.  (pp. 279-298). In J. Gubrium & J. Holstein (Eds.), The Handbook of Interviewing. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Dunbar, C. Jr., and Clift, R. (1997). Investigating Perceptions and Interpretations: Meaning Making and the SOAP Assessment Process (pp. 105-126). Schools Organizations Assessment Profile (SOAP) Validation Study: Investigating Perceptions and Interpretations. CIRCE.

Technical Reports
Walker, N. E., Lambert, A., Hahn, H. A., Villarruel, F. A., Dunbar, C., Borden, L., Holland, P., Derezinski, T., Zwifler, R., and Zehnder-Merrell, R. (2003). Zero tolerance policies and their impact on Michigan students. Michigan Public Policy Initiative Spotlight on Research Brief. Available at www.mnaonline.org

Walker, N.E., Lambert, A. Hahn, H.A., Villarruel, F. A., and Dunbar C. (2002). Do Michigan’s “Zero Tolerance” Policies Benefit Public Education and Safety?  Center for Family and Children Together (FACT). Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Walker, N.E., Lambert, A. Hahn, H.A., Villarruel, F. A., and Dunbar C. (2002). Little Tolerance for Zero Tolerance. Institute of Public Policy and Social Research. Michigan State University, East Lansing.

GRANTS
* indicates post tenure work.

2009-2010*

Towards a Framework from Enhancing the Academic, Interpersonal, and Socio–Emotional Lives of Boys of Color.  Funded by Families and Communities Together FACT. $50,000. (Farrell, P. McKinney, M., Dunbar, C.,) The goal of this project is to identify a set of factors that contribute to the current status of boys of color and use these factors as a starting point for proposing intervention goals to address the problems.

2008-2009*

Co-Principal Investigator (with Reitumetse Mabokela) MSU/BES3/NIED. Collaboration to Strengthen Continuous Professional Development in Teacher Training Colleges. Funded by USAID/ the Academy for Educational Development, Washington D.C. ($283,148).

The goal of this project was to develop and enhance context specific knowledge among the National Institute for Educational development (NIED) staff to support their work with the Continuous Professional Development plans of the colleges of education in Namibia.

2007*

Towards a Framework from Enhancing the Academic, Interpersonal, and Socio–Emotional Lives of Boys of Color.

Funded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation $540,000. (Farrell, P., Dunbar, C., Johnson, D.)  The goal of this project is to identify a set of factors that contribute to the current status of boys of color and use these factors as a starting point for proposing intervention goals to address the problems.

2006*

Building Campus-to-Campus Partnerships to Serve Community Needs. Funded by the National Science Foundation.  $25,000.  ( Fitzgerald, H., Villarruel, F., Thomas, J., Dunbar, C., Suvedi, M., VanEgeren, L., Foster-Fishman, P.) The goals of the partnership are to develop a core of Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) faculty who are trained in community based research while simultaneously developing a network of Michigan State University and HBCU Faculty partnerships that will sustain training experiences and stimulate collaborative research projects in geographic areas served by HBCU.

2006-2008*

Co-Principal Investigator D. Anagaostopoulous.

Future Teachers for Social Justice

Renewed funding by The Skillman Foundation. $305,000. This goal of this grant is to recruit and encourage a cadre of Detroit Public High School students to attend college and eventually become teachers in Detroit Public Schools. The students are involved in a year around program that provides training on methods of collecting oral histories in their community. They are trained on methods of conducting analysis and most importantly trained on how to critically think about issues that impact their communities,

2005-2006*

Co Principal Investigator with D. Anagaostopoulous.

Future Teachers for Social Justice. Funded by The Skillman Foundation. ($130,000).

This grant proposed to increase the academic readiness and commitment of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) students to purse a career in teaching in urban schools.  The FTSJ does this through involving DPS 11th and 12th graders in a yearlong academic enrichment program that includes a community-based research/advocacy project and a mentoring program.  The program’s central goal is to recruit and support Detroit youth interested in becoming high quality teachers for the DPS and who are committed to providing students rigorous instruction and to acting as advocates for their students and communities.

2005*

Co-Principal Investigator with J. Barnes.

Documenting Progress and Demonstrating Results: Evaluating Bridges to the Future. Funded by Families and Communities Together (FACT). $50,000.

The evaluation team assessed the extent to which the Bridges to the Future (BTF) program had met the needs of children and families in the community through quality before and after school programs. The goal was to garner an understanding of the extent to which the developmental needs of youth were met through core asset building and competencies that may ensure successful participation in adolescent and adult life.

2003

Principal Investigator Positive Behavior Support and Mid Michigan Public School Academy. A Qualitative Evaluation.

Funded by US Department of Education Elementary School Counseling Demonstration Program ($22,000). The evaluation of the Positive Behavior Support Program focused on the impact of counseling efforts in the context of a social skills curriculum to reduce inappropriate behavior and to enhance academic performance of students enrolled in Mid Michigan Public School Academy. In addition, the evaluation team assessed social behaviors among students, staff and administrators. We sought to evaluate the extent to which families were engaged with school activities and program utilization.

2003

21st Century Community Learning Center State Evaluation. $1,000,000. (with Van Egeren L., Reed, C., Villarruel, F., Dunbar, C., Smith, B., Baker, D., Fitzgerald, H., Mark, C., Post, L., Bates, L). Funded by the Michigan Department of Education. The goal of this grant was to assess the impact of 21st Century after school programs had on the academic and social development of children in the communities served.

2000

Principal Investigator Impact of Zero Tolerance Legislation on Students, Families and Communities in Flint, Michigan. $25,000. Funded by Educational Policy Center Michigan State University. The purpose of this grant was to understand how school leaders interpreted zero tolerance policies, how they modified these policies to address contextual dimensions of their environments, and how zero tolerance policy was subsequently implemented in rural school communities.

1999

Co-Principal Investigator with F. Villarruel

Impact of Zero Tolerance Legislation on Students, Families and Communities of Michigan. $25,000. Funded by Families and Communities Together (FACT).

The purpose of this grant was to understand how school leaders interpreted zero tolerance policies, how they modified these policies to address contextual dimensions of their environments, and how zero tolerance policy was subsequently implemented in urban communities.

HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Awarded the Crystal Apple College Of Education Michigan State University 2008.
  • Leadership Fellow: Committee on Institutional Cooperation (Big Ten Universities), 2005-06
  • AERA Minority Scholar Workshop Grant, 1997
  • Educational Testing Service (ETS) Pre-Doctoral Fellowship: Partnered with senior ETS
  • Researcher on NAEP Assessment project.  Oakland, CA, summer 1996
  • Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society, 1994-1995
  • Graduate College Fellow: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1994-1998
  • Graduate College Conference Travel Grant 1996
  • Pacific Bell Scholarship: California State University at Los Angeles, 1992
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration, August 2004-present
    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Education Administration, August 2000-2004
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
    Tenure awarded June 2004
  • Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Educational Administration August 1998-2000
    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Teach the following graduate level courses:

  • Issues in Urban Education (hybrid online and face-to-face course)
  • Schools, Families and Communities
  • Organizational Theory
  • Education Research in Educational Administration
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Australian Study Abroad faculty coordinator (2002- 2004)

Conduct research on topics including:

  1. Urban school leadership;
  2. Non-traditional qualitative research methods and representation;
  3. Education reform and its relationship to improved educational outcomes for underrepresented student populations; and
  4. Classroom management.

Advise MA and doctoral students in the department of educational administration and education policy, as well as other department on campus, and direct and serve as a member on dissertation committees.

Provide service to the K-12 unit, the Department of Educational Administration, the college and the university, as well as national organizations.

  • Education Placement Counselor, Summer 1995 and Summer 1997 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • Special Education Teacher, 1991-1994 – San Pedro Academy, Los Angeles, CA
  • Substitute Teacher, 1990-1991 – Inglewood Unified School District, Inglewood, CA
  • Coordinating/ Scheduling Analyst, 1987-1992 – Walsh & Associates, Los Angeles, CA
  • Manager, 1983-1987, Lanendock Inc., Rochester, NY
  • Advertising Account Executive, 1979-1983 Gannett Rochester Newspapers, Rochester, NY
GRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
  • Research Assistant: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Spring 1996-1997)Consequential Validity of School Organization Assessment Profile, Chicago Teachers Academy of Math and Sciences. Interviewed teachers, principals and academy personnel to determine consequential validity of SOAP instrument
  • Research Assistant: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Spring 1996-1997) Policy Analysis. Illinois Safe School Act — An analysis of the Illinois Alternative School Plan and its impact on students most affected by its implementation.
  • Research Assistant: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Fall 1996)Desegregation Jenkins v MO.  Kansas City School Report.Research assistant for a project examining the progress of desegregation in the Kansas City Schools.
  • Research Assistant: San Francisco State University (Summer 1996)Observation and Evaluation of National Youth Sports Program. Sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.Observed and participated in the evaluation of the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) under direction of Dr. Robert Stake.
  • Research Assistant: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Spring 1996)Single Sex Schools – An examination of all male African American immersion classrooms.
  • Research Assistant: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Fall 1995)A study examining the impact of school reform on race, class and gender.
CONSULTING AND EVALUATION ACTIVITIES
  • Invited Presenter. Graduate Council Future Faculty of Color Fireside Chat (2009) Annual Meeting of the American Educational research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA: April 13-17.
  • Invited Session Chair and Participant (2009) Second Annual Continuous Professional Development Conference Walvis Bay, Namibia: May 18-21*
  • Michigan Department of Education 2006-2007. Served as member of Core faculty that developed classes that would fulfill a proposed school administrative certification endorsement by the Michigan Department of Education.*
  • Lansing Public Schools, Lansing MI. 2002-present.  In this capacity, I presented professional development seminar on issues of classroom management and the significance of being of cultural diversity and factors that accompany it. *
  • Mid Michigan Leadership Academy. Lansing, MI. 2002-2006). In this capacity, I presented professional development seminars on classroom management  (pro-bono) as I was also a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to my appointment to the Board, I conducted an evaluation of Schools Positive Behavior Support Program.*
  • Bridges to the Future-After School Program. Flint, MI. 2004-2006). In this capacity, I was a member of an evaluation team that assess the strengths and weaknesses of the BTF program. In addition, I also served as an investigator on a grant entitled: Promoting a Culture of Change in Youth funded through the Michigan Department of Community Health.*
  • American Enterprise Institute. Washington, DC 2004-2007. Conducted research and co-authored two book chapters (2005 and 2007).*
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa 2005. Presented a seminar around qualitative m research inquiries in a two-day workshop that also included a seminar on how to get published to doctoral students at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.*
  • Department of Educational Training. NSW Australia, 2004.Delivered a presentation that focused on non-traditional students who are unable or unwilling to conform to traditional public school mandates.*
  • University of Wollongong. Wollongong  NSW Australia, 2004. Delivered a presentation that focused on non-traditional students who are unable or unwilling to conform to traditional public school mandates. *
  • Macquarie University. Sydney Australia, 2003. Delivered a presentation that focused on non-traditional students who are unable or unwilling to conform to traditional public school mandates.
National and International Invited Presentations
  • Presenter. Keynote Address Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education. Annual Conference. Alternative Education Today. (2007).*
  • Presenter. Michigan Principal Fellowship Conference. Begin With The End In Mind. Michigan State University, (2007) East Lansing MI*
  • Co-Presenter. Plank, D. N., Dunbar, C. Jr. Michigan: Over the First Hurdle American Enterprise Institute. (2006).*
  • Presenter.  Children Thought Incorrigible. Volgograd State University. Volgograd, Russia. 2005
  • Presenter. Children at Risk of Failure. Rooty Hill High School. Sydney, Australia 2004.*
  • Presenter. Cross Roads in Cultural Studies International Conference. University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, IL. June 2004.*
  • Discussant. Black Teachers: Reflections on Racism and Race-Based Resistance to Black College Instructors at Historically White Universities. American Educational Research Association. San Diego CA. April 2004.
  • Presenter. No Child Left Behind Conference. American Enterprise Institute. Washington DC. January 2004.
  • Presenter. Brown vs. The Board of Education Conference. University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, IL. January 2004
  • Presenter.  Children at Risk of Failure. St. George School District. Sydney, Australia. 2003
  • Keynote Address.  Alternative Schooling Institute of Senior Educational Administrators (ISEA) Sydney, Australia. 2003
  • Presenter.  The PBS Program and Mid-Michigan Public School Academy.  Michigan Association of School Boards Summer Conference.  August 2003
  • Presenter.  Alternative Schooling and African American Children. Presentation to Principals and Vice-Principals of the Lansing School District. April 15, 2003
  • Presenter. African American Males: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century.  Office on Minority Affairs and Community Relations, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH. April 2002
  • Respondent. Racialized Discourses and Ethnic Epistemologies. Qualitative SIG Egon Guba Distinguished Lecture. American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA. April 2002
  • Presenter.  School Leaders and Perceptions of Zero Tolerance Policy in Michigan. Michigan Association of School Boards: Symposium on Expelled Students. Lansing, MI. April 2002.
  • Presenter.  Zero Tolerance in Gratiot-Isabella. Education Policy Center, Brown Bag Series. Michigan State University, East Lansing. November 2001.
  • Presenter. Alternative Schools. Michigan Alternative Education Organization, Thompsonville, MI.  March 2000.
Peer-reviewed Presentations
  • Co-Presenter (with McNeal, L.,) Navigating Uncharted Waters: Leadership in NCLB’s  Reconstitution Stage UCEA Alexandria VA. November 2007*
  • Presenter (with McNeal, L. Student Perceptions of Zero Tolerance Policy. UCEA San Antonio, TX. November 2006.*
  • Presenter   Alternative Schooling and African American Youth.12th World Congress on Comparative Education.  Havana, Cuba. October 2004.
  • Presenter Unpacking a Double Consciousness: The Only Negro the Class. 12th World Congress on Comparative Education. Havana, Cuba October 2004.*
  • Co-Presenter (with Villarruel, F. A., Hahn, H. A., Matrone, H., & Peirt, J.) What a Difference the Community Makes: Zero Tolerance Policy Interpretation and Implementation.  American Educational Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. November 2002.
  • Co-Presenter (with Hahn, H. A., Walker, N. E., Villarruel, F. A., & Borden, L M.). What is Appropriate School Discipline? Public Perceptions of Zero Tolerance Laws in Michigan.”  National Council on Family Relations. Houston, TX. November 2002.
  • Co-Presenter (with Villarruel, F.A.). School Leaders and Perceptions of Zero Tolerance Policy in Michigan. Michigan Association of School Boards, Lansing, MI. April 4, 2002.
  • Presenter. Silences Unshattered. American Educational Research Association. Seattle, WA. April 2001.
  • Presenter. A Monologue in My Head: Yaw Gon’ Make Me Lose My Mind Over Here Over Here! Critical Performance: For Professors of Color Who Have Considered Academic Suicide. American Educational Studies Association. Vancouver, Canada. November 2000.
  • Presenter. Schools of Choice to Empowered Schools: Don’t You Want to be Free! American Educational Studies Association, Vancouver, Canada. November 2000.
  • Presenter. The Education of African American Children and Youth: Implications of Multicultural Education. American Educational Studies Association. Philadelphia, PA. November 1998.
  • Presenter. Alternative Education.  American Educational Research Association. Montreal, Canada.  April 1999.
  • Presenter.  African American Males and Student Participation: Promising Participation, Practicing Exclusion. American Educational Research Association. Montreal, Canada. April 1999.
  • Presenter. Dispelling Myths Depicting African American Men in The Role of Husband/ Father: An Approach Toward the Inculcation of African American Boys into Mainstream Society.  American Sociology Association. Toronto, Canada. August 1997.
  • Presenter. Alternative Education or Ultimate in Tracking. American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL. March 1997.
  • Discussant,  Strategic Planning for Future: Implementing Strategies for Organizational Effectiveness. American Sociology Association. New York City, NY. August 1996.
  • Presenter. African American Ph.D. Students Speakers on Scholarly Research and Their Quest for the Golden Fleece. Association of Black Sociologists. New York City, NY. August 1996.
  • Presenter. Performance Text Epiphanal Moment in Shaping Educational Discourse. American Education Studies Association. Montreal, Canada. November 1996.
  • Presenter. Teaching in Post Rebellion Los Angeles. American Education Studies Association. Chicago, IL. 1993.
DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS CHAIR
  • Sheila Sherman (in progress) EAD K12
  • Carol Baker (in progress) EAD K12
  • John Oliver (in progress) EAD K12
  • Sheba Ochiri (in progress) EAD K12
  • Eric Thomas (in progress) EAD K12
  • Garth Cooper (2009) EAD K12 Co-Teacher Learning in the Context of Professional Learning Communities.*
  • Charlae Davis (in progress)_ Ed Policy
  • Muhammad Khalifa (2008) Give me the worst of them, and I’ll make them the Best: An Ethnographic Study of Leadership in a Successful Alternative School for At-Risk African American Children.*
  • Sukaina Ayoub Elayan (December, 2008) Education Superintendents In Unstable Context: Case Studies of 7 Palestinian In The West Bank and Gaza*
  • James D, Smith (May 2008) Urban School Principal Leadership Preparation: Perspective of Urban School Principals*
  • Mary M., Ombonga (May 2008) Understanding the Experiences of Girls in a Center of Excellence in Kajiado District, Kenya*
  • Kennedy Ongaga (May 2007): Implementation of HIV/AIDS Education Programs in High Schools in Rural Kisll District, Kenya.  An Understanding of Its Influence Through the Lens of Head Teachers and Students.*
  • Tara Donahue (December 2006): Finding the Link Between 21st Century Community Learning Centers and School Day. Classrooms:  Expanding the Policy Coherence Paradigm in Education. Education Policy Student.*
  • Joyce Piert (May 2006): SBA (Teaching, Wisdom & Study):  An Exploration of the Experiences of African-American Young People Who Attended an African-Centered School.*
  • Resche Hines (May 2006): The Impact of School Location on Principal Leadership’s Ability to Build Capacity at the Building Level.*
  • Brian Metcalf (May 2006): School Choice:  How and Why Parents in Rural Communities Choose.
  • Telly Brannon (Aug 2006): The Intersection of the Dominant School Culture and The Subordinate School Culture:  The Academic Experiences of African American Students.*
  • Vincent Dean (May 2005): The Experience of Receiving Special Education Services in a Juvenile Detention Facility.*
  • Felix Simieou (May 2005): The Alleged Invisible Parent:  Examining Practices and Perspectives of African-American Parent Involvement in Title I Schools.*
  • Stanley Chase (May 2004): Does Intrusive Counseling Positively Impact the Retention of At Risk First-Time-To College Students.
Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member
  • Jessie Mildrew (2000) EAD K12
  • Sabrina Campbell (2001) EAD K12
  • Renee Sanders Lawson (2002)
  • Aisha Smith   (2004) FCE)
  • Rama Talat Al-Smadi (2005) K12 EAD
  • Kathleen Percora (2006) K12 EAD
  • Young-Taek, Kang (2006) K12 EAD
  • Angie Kirby (2007) EAD K12
  • John Deiter (2007) EAD K12
  • Mark Rollandini (2009) EAD K12
  • Nomalanga, Grootboom (in progress) EAD K12 Advisee
  • Regina Smith (2003) HALE
  • John Brender (2006) HALE
  • Jessie Watson (in progress) Hale
  • Dewayne Campbell (2005?) CEPSE
  • Carol Lacy (2004) CEPSE
  • Bernard Gwekwerere  (in progress) Hale
  • Danielle. Le Sure (2007) Ed Policy
  • Monica Evans (in progress) Ed Policy
  • Curtis Lewis TE
  • Valencia Moses TERamont Roberts EAD
  • Shirley Berry EAD
  • Bernard Gwekwerere HALE
  • Robyn Carlson TE
  • Derek Lopez Ed.  Policy
  • Danielle Palmer CEPSE
  • D’Andre Jacobs CEPSE
Educational Specialists in K12 EAD
  • Nancy Broadwell (2009)
  • James Christians  (2009)
  • William Behrendt (2009
  • Teya Lober (2008)
  • Julie Bedford
  • Sheryl Sing (2007)
  • Amy Fuller (2007)
  • Damien Hiram (2009)
  • Shawn Shelford (2007)
  • Joseph Reinfelder (2007)
  • Kelley Wood (2007)
  • Derek Ampey
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
National Service
  • Invited to Review Proposals for Division A Administration Section 5 (2009/10) AERAPanel Review Board Division G Section, Section 4: Social Contexts of Educational Policy, Politics, and Praxis. AERA (2009)
  • Appointment to Scholars of Color in Education Committee AERA (2007-2010)
  • Faculty Mentor David L. Clark Seminar University Council ofEducational Administration (UCEA) (2003).
  • Vice Chair, AERA Division A Ad Hoc Communications Committee (2003)
  • Chair: Nominations Committee, American Educational Studies Association (2002)
  • Editorial Board, Qualitative Studies in Education (2003-present)
  • Editorial Board, Social Problems (2002-2006)
  • Editorial Board, Educational Administrative Quarterly (2005-2008)
  • Editorial Board, Review of Research in Education (2005)
  • Committee Member, Michigan Department of Education to Examine “No Child Left Behind Policy” (NCLB), (2002-2003).
  • Reviewer, Qualitative Inquiry (1998 present)
  • Reviewer, Cultural Studies (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
  • Reviewer, Teachers College Record (2002)
  • Reviewer, Equity and Excellence in Education (2002, 2003)
  • Reviewer, Social Problems (2005)
  • Reviewer, American Educational Research Journal (2003-2004)
  • Proposal Review, American Educational Research Association (2002-2006)
  • Local and State Service
  • Core Faculty, Michigan Department of Education-MI-LIFE. (2006-2007)
  • School Culture, Classroom Management and Instructional Supervision. (2003-present).
  • Board of Directors Black Alliance of Educational Options  (Detroit chapter 2004-2007)
  • Board of Directors, Mid-Michigan Public School Academy, (2003- 2006)
Institutional Service
  • University Faculty Council (2008-2009)*
  • University Academic Council (2008-2009)*
  • Chair Search Committee (Urban Educator) Teaching for a New Era (TNE) (2006-2007)
  • University’s Anti-Discrimination Judicial Board (ADJB) Appointed by President Lou Anna Simon. (2006-present).
  • Member of Search Committee for Chair for the Julian Samora Research Center. (2006-2007)
  • Member of Search Committee for Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources. (2006-2007).
  • Lily Fellows Mentor (Dorinda Carter) (2006-2007
  • Chair of EAD K12 Search Committee (2005-2006)
  • Co-Chair (with Gary Sykes) EAD K12 Leadership Symposium (2005-2006)
  • Member of Teachers for a New Era Search Committee (2005-2006)
  • Member of Department Committee on Faculty Affairs (DCFA) (2005-2008)
  • University Distinguished Fellowship Selection Advisory Committee (2004-2006)
  • Undergraduate Advisor Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Delta Pi Chapter (2005 present Member of K12 Search Committee (2004-05)
  • Lead Faculty, MSU West, Grand Rapids (2001-2009)
  • Member, Departmental Committee on Academic Policy (DCAP) (2003-2005)
  • Chair, College Curriculum Committee (2001-2002)
  • Member, College Curriculum Committee (2000-2002)
  • Mentor, Beaumont Scholars Fellowship 2000-2003
  • Faculty Mentor, McNair SROP (2000-2002)
  • Faculty Affiliate, College of Education Educational Policy Center (2004-present)
  • Reviewer and Faculty Mentor, Spencer Research and Training Grant Proposal (2000-2002)

* Replaced in 2009 due to scheduling conflict.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • American Educational Studies Association, 1993-1995
  • American Educational Research Association, 1996-Present
  • Black Alliance for Educational Options, 1999-Present
  • University Council of Educational Administrators, 1998-Present


about-2

Dr. Dunbar is an Associate Professor in Educational Administration at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. His research has focused on alternative education for students who have been unable to succeed in traditional public schools. He has authored scholarly journal articles and studies. He has also presented his research at several professional conferences. His book ‘Alternative Schooling For African American Youth’ (Peter Lang Publishers,2001) examines an alternative school designated for students perceived as disruptive. His current research examines the intersection between school choice and educational opportunities for disruptive students, zero tolerance policy and its impact on school administrators. He currently teaches courses on research inquiries, organizational theory, and the intersection of schools, families and communities.



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Publications

Alternative Schooling and African American Youth: Does Anyone know we’re here?
Alternative Schooling and African American Youth:Does Anyone know we're here?This book is about the experiences of a group of middle school students and the administration, faculty and staff responsible for meeting their educational needs. These students have been removed from the traditional public school environment and placed in an alternative school program in lieu of expulsion. Christopher Dunbar Jr. urges educators and policymakers to reevaluate their goals and methods when thinking about what is best for these children.



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