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Ronald W. Whitaker, II, EDD


Assistant Professor of Education
Director of District and School Relations in the School of Education

Ronald W. Whitaker, II, EdD, joined Cabrini in 2015, and currently serves as Assistant Professor and the Director of District and School Relations in the School of Education. He specializes in culturally responsive pedagogy, urban education, educational programming for black males, and issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Whitaker presents his research at both national and international scholarly conferences, and also within K-12 educational milieus. He is revered amongst colleagues for engaging in “courageous conversations” in a respectful manner.
For 15 years, he has led various programming for black boys and men. Whitaker has been involved in prison ministry for five years and speaks regularly in churches and community organizations.

Whitaker completed his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Duquesne University, where his dissertation explored the intersection of Black male identity, systemic inequalities and racism, and improvement science, through the lens of social justice. He also earned a master’s degree in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in Business Administration at Eastern University, and undergraduate degrees in Urban Leadership and Biblical Studies at Geneva College where he graduated magna cum laude.

Areas of Expertise

Culturally responsive pedagogy; urban education and teacher preparation; educational experiences of African American male students; diversity, equity, and inclusion; black liberation theology and the social gospel 


  • Whitaker, R.W., & Hilton, A.A. (In Press). All eyes on me: Culturally responsive approaches to engaging revenue playing Black male student athletes who attend PWIs. In T. Ransaw, C.P. Gause and R. Major (Eds.), The handbook of research on Black males. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Press.
  • Whitaker, R.W., Campbell, A., & Ianellie, J. (2018). Dealing with the Elephant in the Classroom: Reflections from a Graduate Course that argues that Race Still Matters in Service Learning! In M. Sulentic-Dowell and T. Meidl (Eds.) Service Learning Initiatives in Teacher Education Programs. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI-Global
  • Whitaker, R.W., & Hilton, A.A. (March 15, 2017). Let’s also be mad, and not solely mesmerized by March 27 madness. Diverse Issues in Higher Education, available online athttp://diverseeducation.com/article/93772/
  • Shako, J.R., Whitaker, R.W., & Hopson, R. Interest convergence and the challenges Facing urban educational school leaders in the 21st Century. In M.A. Khaliah, C.G. Overton & N.W. Arnold (Eds.) Handbook of Urban School Leadership. NewYork: Roman & Littlefield
  • Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership (ProDEL). (2012). Guide for problem of practice report (DP-2.2-Fa12). Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA: Author.


  • Whitaker, R.W., Campbell, A. (April, 2016). Culturally Relevant and Academic Rigorous at the Same Time: Teaching Math to “Urban Students” As a Matter of Social Justice! Paper presented at The Annual Diversity in Research Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Whitaker, R.W. (March, 2016). Best Practices for Recruiting More Diverse Candidates. Presentation at the Annual Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators Conference, State College, PA.
  • Whitaker, R.W., Smith, P. (April, 2015). Still Perceived as the Wretched of the Earth: A Critical Examination of Why Black Lives Matter. Paper presented at The Annual Diversity in Research Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Whitaker, R.W., Smith, P. (June, 2014). All Eyes on Me: Internalized Stereotypes and its Effects on Black Male Students. Paper presented at the Annual Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Conference, Munich, Germany.
  • Whitaker, R.W. (April, 2014). Beyond the Touchdowns and Slam-dunks: A Critical Examination of How Revenue Playing African American Male Student Athletes at Predominately White Institutions Experience and Perceive the Climate on their Campus. Paper will be presented at the Annual American Educational Research Association Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Whitaker, R.W. (November, 2013). Blame it on the System: The Exploitation of the Conveyer Belt and the Need for Educational Leaders to “Stand in the Gap.” Paper presented at the The Annual University Council for Education Administration Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

Awards and Recognitions

  • American Education Research Association (AERA) Asa Hilliard/Barbara Sizemore Research Fellow (2016)
  • Diversity in Research and Practice Conference Outstanding Paper (2014)
  • Inducted Into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2014)
  • University Council For Education Administration (UCEA) Barbara L. Jackson Scholar Fellow (2012-2014)
  • Selected as a Fellow for Education Pioneers (2011)
  • Selected as a Participant for PhD Project Conference (2007)

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