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Nicole A. Corley, PhD

PhD, University of Georgia, 2017
MSW, Georgia State University, 2007
BSW, Georgia State University, 2006

Dissertation title: Shifting the discourse: An exploration of academic success among African American students from single mother homes.
Committee members: Patricia Reeves (Chair), Jennifer Elkins, Kathleen deMarrais, Deryl Bailey.

Nicole Corley passed her final dissertation defense in June 2017 and will officially graduate in August 2017. She has accepted a position as assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. She is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and received both her Bachelor’s and Masters of Social Work from Georgia State University.  Her background includes working with youth in families around issues involving child welfare, juvenile justice, and education systems.  Most recently, she served as a program coordinator with a school based non-profit organization helping to coordinate services that encourage youth to stay in school.  Corley’s research interests include the racial socialization processes of African American youth, multicultural education in schools of social work, and the impact of family structure on the academic achievement of African American students.  Her teaching experience has focused on applying critical consciousness to issues of social justice and diversity.  Corley believes that closing the achievement gap and addressing the disparities that exists in the education of African American students requires a paradigm shift that recognizes and celebrates their academic success, and views them as “at promise” not “at risk”. 

CV available on request; email