Towns Named November Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to November Scholar of the Month Leonard D. Towns!

Towns is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology at Auburn University (AL). His research interests include educational theory, policy, and program evaluation.

His role as an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Tuskegee University (AL) has allowed him to mentor future scholars and professionals. His encouragement of research has resulted in conference presentations by his students.

Towns had quite a month in October. First, he presented research on the experiences of male K-12 teachers at the National Association of Multicultural Education international convention in New Orleans, LA. He later presented his work with Auburn University/Tuskegee University’s Nano-Bio program at the 3rd Annual HBCU Story Conference in Nashville, TN.

November has been no less exciting: Culminating a successful campaign at Auburn, Towns defended his dissertation November 12, titled Discovering Stereotype Limbo: Exploring the Relationship Between Stereotype Threat and the Professional Experiences and Identities of Male K-12 Teachers.

His nominator had this to say about him: “All in all, Leonard is a great person and the quintessential Holmes Scholar. He is engaged in research, aspires to become a university professor, and believes in the impact that Black men can have in the classroom.”

Congratulations, Leonard!

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Whitney Watkins

Holmes Scholars Council President, 2015-2017