Dr. Richard J. Reddick is an associate professor of higher education leadership at UT Austin’s Department of Educational Administration in the College of Education. He is also Assistant Vice President for Research and Policy in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and Assistant Director of the Plan II Honors Program. Dr. Reddick additionally holds courtesy appointments with the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. His accolades include a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship (2010-11), the Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award (2011-12), and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni of Color Conference Achievement Award (2013).
Prior to UT Austin, Dr. Reddick was an elementary and middle school teacher in inner city Houston and a student affairs administrator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Emory University. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in administration, planning and social policy at Harvard University in 1998 and 2007, respectively, where he was a senior Teaching Fellow and research associate with the National Campus Diversity Project.
Dr. Reddick’s research focuses on the lives of Black academics and their experiences mentoring students. He maintains scholarly interests in diversity in higher education, African American families, and educational policy. A respected researcher and public intellectual, Dr. Reddick’s work has been highlighted by NPR, the Associated Press, the Houston Chronicle, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the co-author and co-editor of four academic books and over 50 articles and chapters, His work has been published in the American Educational Research Journal, Harvard Educational Review, and the Journal of Negro Education, among other top journals.
Dr. Reddick earned his bachelor’s degree in Plan II Honors from UT Austin in 1995. He is married and the father of two children, serves on the boards of two public charter schools, and is actively engaged in organizations focused on improving the quality of life for citizens of color in Austin, Texas. A game show maven, Dr. Reddick is also a former Jeopardy! champion and Wheel of Fortune College Week champion.
Reddick, R. J., Bukoski, B. E., Smith, S. L., & Wasielewski, M. V. (2014). A hole in the soul of Austin: Black faculty community engagement experiences in a creative class city. Journal of Negro Education, 83(1), 61-76.
Reddick, R. J., Rochlen, A. B., Grasso, J. R., Reilly, E. R., & Spikes, D. R. (2012). Academic fathers pursuing tenure: A qualitative study of work-family conflict, coping strategies, and departmental culture. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 13(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1037/a0023206
Reddick, R. J. & Sáenz, V. B. (2012). Coming home: Hermanos académicos reflect on paths and present realities at their home institution. Harvard Educational Review, 82(3), 353-380.
Griffin, K. A., & Reddick, R. J. (2011). Surveillance and sacrifice: Gender differences in the mentoring patterns of Black professors at predominantly White research universities. American Educational Research Journal, 48(5), 1032-1057. doi: 10.3102/0002831211405025.
Willie, C. V., Reddick, R. J., & Brown, R. (2006). The Black college mystique. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. (124 pp.)
Whitla, D. K., Howard, C., Tuitt, F., Reddick, R. J., & Flanagan, E. (2005). Diversity on campus: Exemplary programs for retaining and supporting students of color. In G. Orfield, P. Marin, & C. Horn (Eds.), Higher education and the color line: College access, racial equity, and social change (pp. 131-152). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.