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Sydney Freeman, Jr., Ph.D., CFD, COI

Sydney Freeman, Jr., Ph.D., CFD, COI

Associate Professor


ED 403



Mailing Address

875 Perimeter Drive MS 3087
Moscow, ID 83844-3087

Affiliate Title

Senior Editor-in-Chief, Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education (JSPTE)
  • EMC (Executive Management Certified), Management and Strategy Institute (MSI), 2019, Executive Leadership emphasis
  • SOLC (Strategic Organizational Leadership Certified), Management and Strategy Institute (MSI), 2019, Organizational Leadership emphasis
  • COI, Certified Online Instructor, Learning Resources Network (LERN), 2016
  • CFD, Certified Faculty Developer, Learning Resources Network (LERN), 2012
  • Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, Auburn University, 2011
  • M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, Auburn University, 2008
  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Emphasis: Communication, Music, and Business, Oakwood University, 2007

  • Auburn University's College of Education "Outstanding Young Alumni Award", 2020
  • National Pine Forge Academy Alumni Association Meritorious Award, 2018
  • Nominated for the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award (received overall rating of “Accomplished”), 2018
  • Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.) — Gamma Fellow, 2016
  • AAUA Robert MacVitte Emerging Leader Award, 2015
  • Auburn University’s Graduate School “Auburn Authors Award,” 2015
  • Affiliate of the Center for Minority Serving Institutions, 2013-present

Sydney Freeman, Jr., Ph.D., is an associate professor of Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership at the University of Idaho. He is a former National Holmes Scholar and has earned professional certifications in the areas of faculty development, online instruction, executive management, and organizational leadership. His research investigates the future of minority serving institutions, the faculty career-cycle, and higher education as a field of study.

Dr. Freeman has published numerous journal articles and is the lead editor (with Linda Serra Hagedorn, Lester F. Goodchild, and Dianne A. Wright) of Advancing Higher Education as a Field of Study: In Quest of Doctoral Degree Guidelines (Stylus Publishing, 2014) which received the 2015 Auburn University Graduate School "Book of the Year" Award. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Administrators and was honored with the “2015 Emergent Leader of the Year” award by the same professional society. This was based on his leadership at Tuskegee University in his previous capacity as director of one of their teaching and learning centers. He serves on multiple academic journal editorial and review boards and is the founder and editor-in-chief of []The Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education.

  • Future of Minority Serving Institutions
  • Faculty Career-cycle
  • Higher Education as a Field of Study
  • Higher Education Executive Leadership Preparation
  • Faculty Development
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities

  • Preparation for the College and University Leadership before the Age of 40.
  • Attracting and Retaining First-Generation College Students in the Rural Pacific Northwest: A Grounded Theory Study.
  • Politics and Power in Higher Education: How Things Get Done.
  • Advancing Scholarship through Peer-Mentoring: A Dou-ethnography.
  • The 21st Century Role of the Academic Department Chair.
  • Effective Higher Education Programs: A Faculty Perspective.
  • Strategies for Enhancing the Status of Higher Education Leadership Programs within Colleges & Universities.
  • Preparation for the Historically Black College & University Presidency: 3 Case Studies.



Peer Reviewed Articles

Leading In Academia | Leading While Green Podcast

Podcast Episode 113, Dr. Sydney Freeman Jr. with Pierre Quinn.


University Of Idaho Professor Challenges Higher Ed To Take Action For Black Lives

Interview of Dr. Sydney Freeman Jr. on Boise State Public Radio.


City Club Of Boise: Racism In Idaho And Beyond

Interview of Dr. Sydney Freeman Jr. on Boise State Public Radio.



Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3087

Phone: 208-292-2519

Fax: 208-292-2544