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Board of Advisors – Dr. Gilman Whiting

Dr. Gilman Whiting

Dr. Gilman Whiting is Associate Professor for African American and Diaspora Studies, Director of the Scholar Identity Institute, and Director of Graduate Studies, African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. Professor Whiting earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2004, his M.A.T. from Rhode Island College in 1995); and his B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, B.A in 1985.

Professor Whiting’s areas of research include educational disparity; special and gifted education; sociology of race, sports, and American culture; research methods, and fatherhood initiatives. A few courses taught by Whiting are; Black Issues in Education, Capoeira, Life and times of Muhammad Ali, Black Masculinity, and American Patriots: Blacks in the Military. Whiting has authored more than 50 scholarly articles in journals such as the Roeper Review, Journal for Secondary Gifted Education, and The International Journal of Sport and Society, and numerous book chapters.

In 2006 Whiting re-conceptualized his dissertation on young Black and Brown fathers and created the Scholar Identity Model™, a psycho-social model to assist whole communities re-conceptualize ways to combat academic apathy. He consults with school dozens of school districts, and programs nationally. In 2011 took his Scholar Identity Model internationally. working for several years in India, Belize, and Brazil.  He is also the founding chair of the Achievement Gap Institute for the George W. Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt. a weeklong workshop that connects teachers, administrators, and program coordinators with researchers from across the country on research and best practices related to reducing underachievement.