Dr. James L. Moore III is the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at The Ohio State University, where he is also the EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology and inaugural executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. From 2015 to 2017, he served as a program director for Broadening Participation in Engineering in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia, and, from 2011 to 2015, he was an associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion, where he managed numerous programs and units, including the Morrill Scholarship Program, ODI Scholars Program, Young Scholars Program, Upward Bound of Columbus, Upward Bound of Wooster, Community Outreach, Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, and Administration/Special Programs.
Dr. Moore received his B.A. in English Education from Delaware State University and earned both his M.A.Ed. and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (a.k.a., Virginia Tech). As a scholar, he has a national- and international-recognized research agenda that focuses on the following: (a) how educational professionals, such as school counselors, influence the educational/career aspirations and school experiences of students of color (particularly African American males); (b) socio-cultural, familial, school, and community factors that support, enhance, and impede academic outcomes for preK-20 African American students (e.g., elementary, secondary, and postsecondary); (c) recruitment and retention issues of students of color, particularly African Americans, in preK-12 gifted education and those high-potential college students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors; and (d) social, emotional, and psychological consequences of racial oppression for African American males and other people of color in various domains in society (e.g., education, counseling, workplace, athletics, etc.). For example, he co-edited special theme issues for The Journal of Men’s Studies [African-American Men in the Academy]; E-Journal of Teaching and Learning in Diverse Settings [Promoting Academic Achievement for African American Students in K-12 Urban Settings: Implications for Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Administrators]; Theory Into Practice [Gifted Education]; Teachers College Record [African American Males in Education]; American Behavioral Scientist [Beyond Brown: New Approaches to Addressing Inequities in Education for African American Males]; Urban Education [African American Student Achievement in K-12 Urban Settings]; Elementary School Journal [Elementary School Counseling: Interventions and Programs]; Journal of Educational Foundations [Urban Public Schools for African American Students: Critical Issues for Educational Stakeholders]; The Journal of Negro Education [60 Years after Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Educational Opportunities, Disparities, Policies, and Legal Actions]; and solely edited another special theme issue for The High School Journal [Addressing the Needs of Multicultural Populations in Educational Settings: Implications for Teachers and Counselors].
Since beginning his professional career as an academic, Dr. Moore has made significant contributions to the fields of school counseling, gifted education, urban education, multicultural counseling/education, higher education, and STEM education. More specifically, he has published over 140 refereed articles, editor reviewed articles, book chapters, special theme issues, etc. These publications have appeared or are scheduled to appear in journals, such as the Theory & Practice in Rural Education; Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal; Journal of Advanced Academics; American Secondary Education Journal; School Community Journal; Journal of Multicultural Education; The Urban Review; Exceptional Children; Journal of College Student Development; Journal of Educational Foundations; Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies; Journal of Urban Education: Focus on Enrichment; Journal of Counseling & Development; Teachers College Record; The High School Journal; Multicultural Learning and Teaching; Urban Education; Elementary School Journal; Gifted Child Quarterly; Roeper Review; Theory Into Practice; Journal of Mental Health Counseling; NASAP Journal; Journal of Negro Education; American Behavioral Scientist; Black History Bulletin; Understanding Our Gifted; Gifted Child Today; Gifted Education Quarterly; Journal of Thought; E-Journal of Teaching and Learning Diverse Settings; Counseling and Values; The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families; International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling; Journal of Technology in Counseling; The Western Journal of Black Studies; The Journal of Men’s Studies; Journal of African American Studies; Journal of Black Studies; Mid-Western Educational Researcher; Student Affairs Online; and Psych Discourse.
In regard to book chapters, he has published in books, such as Positive organizing in a global society: Understanding and engaging differences for capacity building and inclusion; Black faculty in the academy: Narratives for negotiating identity and achieving career success; Building on resilience: Models and frames of Black male success across the P-20 pipeline; A call for change: Providing solutions for black male achievement; Counseling around the world: An international handbook; African American students in urban schools: Critical issues and solutions for Achievement; The international encyclopedia of education (3rd Edition); Empowering teachers for equity and diversity: Progressive perspectives on research, theory, and practice; Handbook for African American education; The influences of racial and ethnic identity in education; Racism as a barrier to cultural competence in mental health and educational settings; The handbook of secondary gifted education; Spirituality as the fifth force in counseling and psychology: Implications for research, training, and practice; Professional school counseling: A handbook of theories, programs, & practices; Critical incidents in group counseling; Linking lives across borders: Gender-Sensitive practice in international perspective; Diversity issues in American colleges and universities: Case studies for higher education and student affairs professionals; The handbook of thanatology: Essays on the social study of death; Science careers: Personal accounts from the experts; The Black student’s guide to graduate and professional school success; A guidebook: Practices of multicultural competencies; Counseling employees: A multifaceted approach; Retaining African American faculty, administrators, and students in the 21st century and beyond: A Tale of multiple paradigms; Student services for approaches to enhancing their collegiate educational experience; and Brothers of the Academy: Up and coming Black scholars earning our way in higher education. In June 2015, with Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Dr. Moore co-edited (with Drs. Robert A. Bennett III, Samuel R. Hodge, and David L. Graham of The Ohio State University) Black males and intercollegiate athletics: An exploration of problems and solutions; in May 2014, with Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Dr. Moore co-edited (with Dr. Chance W. Lewis of University of North Carolina at Charlotte) African American males in PreK-12 schools: Informing research, policy, and practice; and, in May 2012, with Peter Lang Publishers, he also co-edited (with Dr. Chance W. Lewis of University of North Carolina at Charlotte) African American students in schools: Critical issues and solutions for achievement. In addition, he is scheduled to write and co-edit numerous other books. For example, he signed book contracts with Charles C. Thomas Publishers to co-edit (with Dr. Deryl F. Bailey of University of Georgia) Survival of the fittest: Navigating your way through the counselor education graduate school experience; with University Press of America, Inc. to co-edit (with Dr. Lawrence O. Flowers of Fayetteville State University and Lamont A. Flowers of Clemson University) Advancing educational outcomes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities; with Emerald Group Publishing Limited to co-edit (with Dr. Joy Lawson Davis of Virginia Union University) Gifted children of color around the world: Diverse needs, exemplary practices and directions for the future; with Peter Lang Publishers, he also co-edited (with Dr. Chance W. Lewis of University of North Carolina at Charlotte) African American students in schools: Critical issues and solutions for achievement (second edition); and with Sage Publishers to co-author (with Dr. Donna Y. Ford of Vanderbilt University) Multicultural counseling for diverse gifted learners: A guide for practice.
In a short period of time, Dr. Moore has given over 200 research and scholarly lectures, symposia, colloquia, and presentations throughout the United States and other parts of the world (e.g., Brazil, Jamaica, Canada, India, Indonesia, China, France, United Kingdom, and Spain). Throughout his career, he has been contracted as an educational consultant for various schools and school systems (i.e., Durham Public Schools [North Carolina], Arlington Schools District [Virginia], Mequon-Thiensville School District [Wisconsin], School District of La Crosse [Wisconsin], Urban Prep Academies [Illinois], Newport News Public Schools [Virginia], Cincinnati Public Schools [Ohio], Akron Public Schools [Ohio], Austin Independent School District [Texas], Mt. Calvary Lutheran School [Wisconsin], Clayton County Public Schools [Georgia], Columbus City Schools [Ohio], Joilet Public Schools [Illinois], Pittsburgh Public Schools [Pennsylvania], Dublin City Schools [Ohio], Lexington School District I [South Carolina], Spartanburg School District Five [South Carolina], Darlington County Schools [South Carolina], Baltimore City Schools [Maryland], Capital School District [Delaware], Osceola School District [Arkansas], Gwinnette County Public School District [Georgia], Fulton County Schools [Georgia], etc.), governmental agencies (e.g., State of New Mexico Office of African American Affairs, Arizona Department of Education, U. S. Department of Education, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, etc.), and organizations (e.g., Buffalo Urban League, Urban League of Greater Cleveland, College Board, Advancement Via Individual Determination [AVID], Council for Great City Schools, Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, Kentucky Association for Blacks in Higher Education, etc.). He has presented his research at various universities and research centers around the country. For example, he has participated in invited lectures, colloquia, and symposia at University of Washington, University of California at Irvine, Utah State University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Connecticut, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Michigan, Delaware State University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Pennsylvania State University, University of South Alabama, Virginia Union University, Prairie View A&M University, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Akron University, Claflin University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, University of Northern Iowa, Berea College, Susquehanna University, University of Wisconsin at OshKosh, Ohio University, Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, University of Iowa, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Florida State University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Pennsylvania State University, Auburn University, Miami University of Ohio, The Ohio State University, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Winston-Salem State University, Kennesaw State University, University of Texas at Austin, Fayetteville State University, South Carolina State University, University of Northern Kentucky, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, St. Petersburg College, Black Hawk College of Illinois, Medical College of Georgia, Howard University (e.g., The Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk), and Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
While on leave of absence from The Ohio State University, during Autumn Quarter 2006-Spring Quarter 2007, Dr. Moore was employed as the first secondary school counseling coordinator for the District of Columbia Public Schools. In this position, he worked with all the middle and high school counselors and focused his efforts with aligning secondary school counseling with the district’s master plan. During the summer of 2006, Dr. Moore was selected to participate in the 20-year anniversary celebration of Johns Hopkins University’s Summer Seminar Series. For this celebration, Johns Hopkins University invited only nationally and internationally known scholars who were known for their ability to teach and relate well to their audiences. Dr. Moore’s seminar was titled, “Urban School Students and Their Parents: The Role of School Counselors.” Additionally, during the summer of 2004, Dr. Moore served as a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in the Office of Academic Support Services, sponsored by the Assistant Vice Chancellor. As a visiting scholar, Dr. Moore gave guest lectures and conducted research on various pre-college summer programs. During the summer of 2003, Dr. Moore also served as a visiting scholar at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the Office of Academic Affairs for the Associate Provost of Faculty and Student Diversity. In this position, Dr. Moore served as a guest lecturer for several courses and collected data on African American students’ perceptions, attitudes, and experiences with their school counselors.
During his tenure as a faculty member at the University of South Carolina, he served on the Miles To Go Task Force for the State of South Carolina (sponsored by the Southern Education Foundation), which was based on the State of Maryland’s Miles To Go Initiative. The purpose of this task force was to identify data that illustrated the status of African American students (K-16) in South Carolina and to provide recommendations that would improve student achievement. Also, during at University of South Carolina, he served on other statewide committees in South Carolina that were convened to improve access and success for African American students.
Aligned with these activities at the University of South Carolina, as well as The Ohio State University, Dr. Moore has received funding from a variety of organizations and agencies to further his research agenda. To this end, he has obtained over $28 million in grants, contracts, and gifts, and his most recent funding came from the U.S. Department of Education to supplement Upward Bound-Columbus grant ($40,000); U. S. Department of Education to supplement Upward Bound-ATI grant ($37,554); U.S. Department of Education; U. S. Department of Education ($1,416,328) to support a partnership that will provide high quality, accredited child care services and other support services for Pell eligible student parents at The Ohio State University; National Science Foundation ($4,500,000) to implement the statewide Ohio Louis Stoke Alliances for Minority Participation; U. S. Department of Education ($1,292,435 and $1,526,120) to implement Upward Bound programs on the Columbus and ATI campuses of The Ohio State University; The Aetna Foundation ($100,000) to provide career training and nutrition education for African American male students and other educationally vulnerable students interested in food sustainability careers; Ohio Education Research Center ($10,000) to evaluate the success of policies and programs designed to reduce the participation gap of African American males in the state of Ohio; Association for Counselors and Supervisors ($1,000) to study twice-exceptionality among urban African American students; U.S. Department of Education ($1,312,250) to implement an Upward Bound program at The Ohio State University (Columbus campus); U.S. Department of Education ($1,481,670) to implement an Upward Bound program at The Ohio State University (ATI campus); Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation ($43,373.07) to implement a summer youth work and college readiness program at The Ohio State University; The Ohio State University’s International Poverty Solutions Collaborative ($10,000) to study urban behavioral and norm change related to community shootings; Ohio Board of Regents ($378,000) to study STEM readiness among urban learners at STEM-focused schools in Ohio; The Ohio State University’s Office of University Outreach and Engagement ($50,000) to reduce and prevent serious violence through a multi-phase process; The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology ($25,000) to reduce and prevent serious violence among youth through a six phase process; National Science Foundation ($499,890) to study the factors influencing recruitment, retention, and academic achievement of undergraduate females and males in STEM disciplines at HBCUs; National Science Foundation ($499,981) to study the effects of online distance education on student learning and student engagement in STEM disciplines at Historically Black Colleges and Universities; the AT&T Foundation ($380,678) to reduce high school dropout at Linden-McKinley High School and South High School in Columbus City Schools; the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services ($403,577) to evaluate the A Closing the Achievement Gap Program targeting African American male ninth graders in 33 high schools throughout the state of Ohio; North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision ($1,000) to study student support directors’ perceptions and expectations of school counselors; the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity ($1,950) to examine the perceptions of urban students – who are the first-generation in their family to attend college – have of their secondary education preparation; National Science Foundation ($754,983) to address the disproportionate representation of underrepresented students at the graduate level in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented faculty in information technology; Linking Academic Scholars to Educational Resources (LASER) Program at University of South Florida ($10,000) to investigate how African American males in special education perceive school counselors and utilize school counseling services; and Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of Black Experience Affecting Higher Education at Clemson University ($1,000) to investigate retention factors and intellectual orientations of African American undergraduate students who majored in math, science, and engineering at universities and colleges in the state of South Carolina. Additionally, since 2006, he has also obtained contract funding ($226,000) from Columbus City Schools and Metro High School for different training and service projects for the OSU School Counseling Program.
While maintaining a high-level research agenda, Dr. Moore has served on a number thesis and dissertation committees and currently serves on numerous prestigious committees and advisory boards. He has also served as an educational consultant for a variety of agencies and universities. Many years ago, Dr. Moore served as an educational consultant for a curriculum entitled, Strengthening programs to reach diverse audiences, that was written by a multi-state and multi-university team of Extension specialists and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. During the summer of 2001, he served as one of the co-authors/consultants for The higher education awareness program (HEAP) CD-ROM Project, sponsored by the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education. This CD-ROM was designed to increase students’ awareness of the requirements for attending college in the state of South Carolina (Over 55,000 eighth graders received a copy of this CD-ROM.).
Throughout Dr. Moore’s career, he has received many accolades and citations for his academic and professional efforts. For example, in the Counseling Today, the American Counseling Association’s national newsletter with a circulation of over 60,000, Dr. Moore has been featured on the cover twice for his research and scholarly work related to African Americans. In the May 2002 edition, he was featured in the article entitled, “The historical moment you didn’t see in New Orleans,” for his contribution in organizing a scholarly roundtable summit with senior and up and coming African American male counselor educators around the country. For the September 2003 edition, he was featured in the article entitled, “Mentoring African American counseling students,” for his contribution in assembling a scholarly and research forum on topics germane to African Americans in counseling. As well as appearing in the Counseling Today, Dr. Moore has been featured on the front cover of the Brothers of the Academy’s national newsletter entitled, Brothers of the Academy: BOTA News (Volume 3, Number 2) and has been featured in the CRESPAR/Howard University’s Capstone Action News, 3(3) for his research on African American males. Also, over the years, he has been invited to provide commentary on a variety of subjects related to African Americans and student achievement. Such commentary has appeared in DIVERSE: Issues in Higher Education, Black Issues in Higher Education, Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Inquirer, etc. More recently, he was invited to appear, as an educational expert, on Clemson University’s Your Day radio magazine. The show focuses on critical issues impacting the education of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minority groups in South Carolina and throughout the nation.
In regard to honors and awards, he has biographies listed in Outstanding Young Men in America (1998 edition), Academic Keys Who’s Who in Education (2003 edition), Manchester Who’s Who among Professionals in Counseling and Development (2005/2006 edition), Prestige International Who’s Who Registries of Outstanding Professionals (2007 edition), and Columbus Who’s Who in Black Columbus (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions). He is also the recipient of Brothers of the Academy’s National Junior Scholar Award (2003), The Ohio State University’s College of Education Distinguished Scholar Award (2004), North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Research Award (2004), Ohio School Counselor Association’s Research Award (2004), American Educational Research Association-Division E Early Career Award in Counseling (2005), Ohio School Counselors Association’s George E. Hill Counselor Educator Award (2005), Counselors for Social Justice’s Ohana Award (2006), Phi Delta Kappa’s Emerging Leaders Award (2007-2008), American Educational Research Association-Division E Distinguished Research Award in Counseling (2008), National Association for Gifted Children’s Early Scholar Award (2008), Institute for School-Based Family Counseling’s Outstanding Contributions to School-Based Family Counseling (2009), National Association for Multicultural Education’s Carl A. Grant Multicultural Research Award (2009), National Alliance of Black School Educators’ W. E. B. DuBois Higher Education Award (2010), Ohio State Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus’ Lawrence Williamson Jr. Service Award (2011), TheBlackManCan.org’s Black Man Can Award (2012), American College Personnel Association’s Standing Committee on Men and Masculinities Outstanding Research Award (2013), Columbus Leaders Award (2013), HBCU Digest’s Genesis Scholar Award (2014), American College Personnel Association’s Standing Committee on Men and Masculinities Outstanding Men’s Program Award (2014), American Counseling Association Fellow Status (2014), Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.’s Who Care Community Service/Humanitarian Award (2015), Ohio School Counselor Association’s Counselor Educator of the Year Award (2015), National Association for Gifted Children Special Population Network’s Gifted and Special Population Award (2015), American Educational Research Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award (2016), American Educational Research Association’s Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award (2017), American Educational Research Association Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group’s Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarship Award (2017), Columbus Africentric Early College PK-12’s Sankofa Special Award (2018), College Board’s Asa G. Hilliard Model of Excellence Award (2018), ICIE – MACH III Award for Leadership in Gifted Education and Creativity (2019), American Educational Research Association’s Social Justice in Education Award (2019), National Association for Gifted Children’s Distinguished Scholar Award (2019), and professional and honor societies, including Alpha Kappa Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, and Chi Sigma Iota. Early in his career, Dr. Moore was as one of the inaugural senior associate editors for the Journal of the Professoriate and was invited to participate in the 17th Annual Frontiers of Science Symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. This symposium was held at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California, from October 27-29, 2005. The main focus of the symposium was to bring together outstanding young scientists, around the United States, to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields and to learn about research at the cutting edge of other disciplines. About 80 young scientists, from various universities and research institutes around the country, were invited to participate, and Dr. Moore was one of the few social scientists.
On March 12-13, 2007, he was invited to participate in the Visiting Scholars Speakers Series at the Learning Sciences Institute at Vanderbilt University. This program brings top minority scholars in the learning sciences to Vanderbilt to present their research to the University community and meet with faculty and students. On June 24-29, 2007, Dr. Moore was invited to participate in the Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling (Fifth Annual International Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling). The symposium convened at Robert Black College, University of Hong Kong. It was sponsored by the Institute for School-Based Family Counseling and co-sponsored by the University of San Francisco Center for Child and Family Development. Dr. Moore was 1 of 28 scholars invited, around the world, to participate in this symposium. In August 2008, he was invited for a second time to attend the Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling; however, it convened at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. In July 2009, Dr. Moore was invited for a third time to attend the Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling. The symposium convened in Barcelona (Spain) at the Universitat de Barcelona. Additionally, on December 3-5, 2014, Dr. Moore was nominated for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) Visiting Minority Scholars Program at University of Wisconsin at Madison, an initiative that makes scholars of color and their work in education more visible at University of Wisconsin at Madison.
During his undergraduate studies at Delaware State University, the Delaware Association of Teachers of English recognized him for his exceptional contribution to English Education with its Outstanding Achievement in English/Language Arts Award (1995). As an undergraduate student, he was a full scholarship football player for five years and was team captain during his last year of eligibility (1994). He was also the recipient for Delaware State University’s Class of 1995 Outstanding Service Award, and, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, he served, from 1996 to 1997, as the President of the Black Graduate Student Organization, a membership of over 200 members. Further, he was selected for the Black Graduate Student Organization Distinguished Achievement Award (1997); Distinguished Engineering Students of Virginia Tech’s Dedication and Service Award (2000); National Society of Black Engineer’s Dedication and Service Award, PCI of Martinsville and Henry County (2000), and Black Graduate Student Organization’s Lifting as We Climb Award (2000).