Texas Tech University

Dave Louis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Educational Psychology & Leadership

Email: dave.louis@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-3342

Office: Education 324

Dave Louis is an associate professor of higher education at Texas Tech University. He earned his PhD at Texas A&M University, master of education degree at Harvard University, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology at Morehouse College.

His research addresses cross-cultural mentoring, experiences of college and university faculty members, undergraduate research experiences, and Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).

Currently at Texas Tech University, he teaches in the masters, doctor of education and doctor of philosophy programs in higher education administration and higher education research. He also teaches courses for the Honors College.

His most recent articles are entitled “Reflection, realization, and reaffirmation: Voices of black and white faculty members engaged in cross-racial mentoring” in Multicultural Perspectives; “Afro-Caribbean immigrant faculty experiences in the American Academy: Voices of an invisible black population” in The Urban Review; and “Supporting racially diverse students at HBCUs: A student affairs perspective” in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

He co-authored a chapter, in Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner's book Mentoring Across Institutions, Class, Gender & Race: Cultivating the Next Generation of Academics of Color, entitled “Cross gender mentoring from a Caribbean perspective”.

He also wrote a review of Peno, Silva Mangiante, & Kenahan's (2016) book entitled Mentoring in Formal and Informal Contexts in the Teachers College Record.

He has received grants from the British Council and The Ministry of Education of Ethiopia as a co-principal investigator with the Whitcare College of Engineering. Through these grants he teaches a summer course on academic writing for doctoral students at the Universität Bremen in Germany

He is the recipient of the TTU Alumni Association New Faculty Award and the President's Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award at Texas Tech.

He is a member of Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni Council. He is also the Associate Director for the Center for African American Research & Policy (CAARP).  He is currently a guest editor for the Caribbean Educational Research Journal (CERJ) based out of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill, Barbados campus. At Texas Tech he served as a chair of the Climate Committee for the President's Gender Equity Council for AY 2017-2018 and is currently a member of the University's Faculty Senate.

Dr. Dave Louis, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. Educational Administration, Texas A&M University
  • Ed.M. Educational Administration, Harvard University
  • BA Psychology, Morehouse College
  • Diversity and Inclusion Certificate, Cornell University

Areas of Expertise

  • Cross-cultural mentoring
  • Faculty Experiences
  • Undergraduate Research Experiences (UREs)
  • Historically Black colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Scholarly Personal Narrative (SPN)

Selected Publications

Louis, D. A., Michel, S., Deranek, J. & Louis, S. L. (2019). Reflection, realization, and reaffirmation: Voices of black and white faculty members engaged in cross-racial mentoring. Multicultural Perspectives. 4(20), 205-215.

Mendoza, S. G. & Louis, D. A. (2018). Unspoken criticality: Developing scholarly voices for minoritized students through UREs. SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, 1(4), 18-24.

Louis, D. A., & Freeman, S. (2018). Mentoring and the passion for propagation: Narratives of two Black male faculty members who emerged from higher education and student affairs leadership. Journal of African American Males in Education, 9(1), 19-39.

Louis, D.A., Thompson, K.V., Smith, P., Williams, H.M.A. & Watson, J. (2017). Afro-Caribbean immigrant faculty experiences in the American Academy: Voices of an invisible black population. The Urban Review, 49(4). doi: 10.1007/s11256-017-0414-0

Louis, D. A. (2016, November 28). Review of the book Mentoring in Formal and Informal Contexts, by K. Peno, E. M. Silva Mangiante, & R.A. Kenahan. Teachers College Record, Retrieved from http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=21747

Arroyo, A.T., Palmer, R.T., Maramba, D.C., & Louis, D.A. (2016). Supporting racially diverse students at HBCUs: A student affairs perspective.  Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 54(2), 150-162.  doi 10.1080/19496591.2016.1219266

Louis, D.A., Rawls, G., Jackson-Smith, D.A., Chambers, G.A., Phillips, L.L., & Louis, S.L. (2016). Listening to our voices: Experiences of black faculty at predominantly white research universities with microaggression. Journal of Black Studies, 47(3), 1-21.

Louis, D.A., Phillips, L.L., Louis, S.L., & Smith, A.R. (2015). Historically black colleges and universities: Undergraduate research, mentoring and extending the graduate pipeline. Perspectives on Undergraduate Research & Mentoring. 4(1). Retrieved as  http://blogs.elon.edu/purm/2015/11/16/historically-black-colleges-and-universities-undergraduate-research-mentoring-and-the-graduate-pipeline/

Louis, D.A. (2015). Cross-cultural peer mentoring: Increasing White faculty adjustment at Black colleges. International Journal of Multicultural Education,17(3), 1-19.

Louis, D.A., Russell, S.S, Jackson, D.L., Blanchard, S.J., & Louis, S.L. (2014). Mentoring experiences of African American female student: Navigating the Academy. National Journal of Urban Education & Practice, 7(3), 232-246.

Stanley, C. & Louis, D.A. (2014) Cross gender mentoring from a Caribbean perspective. In C. Viernes Turner (Eds.). Mentoring Across Institutions, Class, Gender & Race: Cultivating the Next Generation of Academics of Color. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 143-160.

Williams, L.R., Bonner, F.A., Monts, A., Robinson, P.A., Louis, D.A. (2014).  Recasting college outreach approaches to engage African American alumni. Journal of African American Studies. DOI 10.1007/s12111-014-9279-4

Louis, D.A. & Michel, S.D. (2013). Frantz Fanon ambivalence revisited in America's faculty: Narratives of Black and White faculty struggles with cross-cultural mentoring. National Journal of Urban Education & Practice,6(3), 214- 227.

Louis, D.A. & Louis, S.L. (2013). Professional development in advising Black Greek Letter Organizations: Foundations for future skill building. AFA Essentials.