Dr. Richard Reddick is a native Austinite who graduated with honors from Johnston High School in 1990. As a current assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Administration and as a DDCE faculty fellow, Reddick pursues research on mentoring in light of current education policy using a social/cultural capital framework. His analysis, presented in a white paper, “Considering African American Population, Crime, Education and Mentoring Constellations,” became the basis for constellation mentoring programs for young African American men organized nationwide with members of the fraternity Sigma Pi Phi.
Reddick draws on his personal and professional career trajectories to research “homecoming” faculty of color — professors like himself who are teaching and researching at institutions where they also attended as undergraduates — as part of successful recruitment and retention strategies.
Reddick earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors program and went on to receive a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard University. He joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2007 as a tenure-track professor in the College of Education. He holds appointments in the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, the Department of African and African American Diaspora Studies and the Gender and Sexuality Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Reddick is an award-winning teacher and scholar, the recipient of the spring 2009 Eyes of Texas Excellence Award, 2012 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies Faculty Teaching Award, and the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) Faculty Member of the Year Award.