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

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

Associate Professor

Affiliate Title

Senior Editor-in-Chief, Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education (JSPTE)
  • 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

  • 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, a certified faculty developer through the Learning Resources Network and an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions. His research investigates the challenges facing higher education administration programs, specifically, higher education as a field of study and the university presidency. 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. He serves on multiple academic journal editorial and review boards, including serving as managing editor of the Journal of HBCU Research + Culture. He also is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education.

  • 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.
  • Establishing a Philosophy of Higher Education as a Field of 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.
  • Role Mentoring in Preparing Higher Education Program Graduates for the Presidency.
  • Utilizing Multi-Grounded Theory in a Dissertation: A Methodology for Generating Theory.
  • The Manuscript Dissertation: An Autobiographical Case Study. 
  • Preparation for the Historically Black College & University Presidency: 3 Case Studies.




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