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Dr. Melvin Armstrong Jr.




critical-race  philosophy  parental-influence  early-influence



University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Aug 2013
PhD, Educational Policy & Organizational Leadership

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign May 2008
Masters of Education, Global Studies

University of Iliinois Springfield May 2003
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science



University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Urbana-Champaign, IL 2005-2010
Graduate Research Assistant, School of Education

  • Collected and transcribed interview data of ethnic and racial minority students from the university
  • Created a new course offering for the School of Education titled Cosmopolitan & Global Citizen
  • Collected and interpreted research and professional literature related to the philosophy between formal and informal learning as it relates to diversity on campus
  • Analyzed the theoretical limitations of economically reductionist thinking
  • Developed a curriculum based on the course syllabus for undergraduate students in the School of Education
  • Made policy recommendations to remedy environmental and non-environmental racial micro aggressions
  • Supported students by created study guides to ensure student success in course content

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Urbana-Champaign, IL Summer 2010
English Instructor, Upward Bound TRiO Programs

  • Taught a creative Writing course to strengthen literacy skills for Upward Bound students in 11th & 12th grade
  • Designed and delivered culturally relevant curriculum to increase student engagement
  • Assessed student understanding using formative and summative assessments
  • Created a college going culture in class by anchoring the course material around college expectations related to
  • Provided academic and career advising to students after getting to know their personal interests & future goals

University of Notre Dame South Bend, IN Summer 2009
Academic Advisor, Upward Bound TRÍO Programs

University of Notre Dame South Bend, IN Summer 2009
Academic Advisor, Upward Bound TRÍO Programs

  • Provided academic and career advising to Upward Bound students during summer
  • Hosted academic tutoring sessions for students that needed support in English & Social Science
  • Supported and facilitated extracurricular activities for students during the summer to augment student life on campus (i.e. sport tournaments, field trips, dances, resident hall competitions)
  • Supervised dorm rooms, assisted in daily operations of the summer program, and coordinated the annual
  • Upward Bound Student Banquet at the close of summer
  • Supported professional development sessions and trainings for Upward Bound tutors

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Academic Affairs Assistant, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Provided orientation sessions to all incoming football players around the demands of being a student-athlete at the university along with tips on how to manage both
  • Provided academic and career guidance to student-athletes on the football team
  • Tracked student-athlete academic data by checking-in with them and helping them create academic goals based on their individual data
  • Hosted tutoring sessions and created study halls for student-athletes that were struggling to maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Ensured the successful retention and matriculation of minority student-athletes in the university

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Graduate Academic Advisor, Education Career Service Office

  • Collected anecdotal data on minority student needs in order to improve the quality of services for minority students on campus
  • Provided academic, career, and personal-social guidance to undergraduate students in an effort to increase the overall graduation rate of minority students at the university
  • Provided students with information and guidance around financial aid deadlines, requirements, and important correspondence
  • Worked with students to set post graduate goals by providing them With resources related to career opportunities, fellowships, and internships related to their field of study
  • Supported the daily needs/operations ofthe offîce as needed

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Graduate Academic Advisor, Ronald E. Mc Nair Research Program

  • Provided academic mentorship and guidance to minority undergraduate students through the Mc Nair Research Program
  • Conducted Weekly 1:1 check in sessions with a minority student caseload to ensure their undergraduate success
  • Supported students by building their research skills through various small group Workshops
  • Assisted students in identifying and selecting graduate programs that were best aiigned to their personal areas of interest and future goals
  • Assisted students in developing research methods and theoretical frameworks for their academic Work

University of Illinois Springfield
Technology & Accommodations Assistant, Office of Disabilities Services

  • Provided undergraduate, graduates, and parents with orientation sessions related to services available to students with disabilities through the Office of Disabilities
  • Served as a student with disabilities advocate by constantly reviewing incoming student needs, making students aware of the services available to them, ensuring that the university With in compliance with student needs, and ensuring that services were provided to students based on their needs
  • Ensured that the university was adhering to technical accommodations for students with disabilities on campus such as computer access and services, Wheelchair ramp access, and recording devices for lectures
  • Provided testing accommodations and interfaced with professors based on student testing needs
  • Ensured students that needed assistance in class with notetakers or sign language received those accommodations by the first day of class

PUC Schools, CALS Early College High School
Guest Speaker/Volunteer, Student Services

  • Served as a guest speaker in various classrooms presenting my personal academic narrative, importance of college access and matriculation, and need for more minority students to pursue college after high school
  • Provided information to students on the benefits of living on campus versus living at home for minority students by referencing current research
  • Served as an on-caH school event volunteer and event chaperone particularly focused on college field trips, school dances, and honor roll outings
  • Provided individual mentorship to 3 college bound males who successfully enrolled in 4-yr schools and moved

The Springfield Project, Springfield Illinois
Volunteer, Community Outreach Project

  • Identified local high schools with greatest socio-economic need and co-created a college outreach strategy
  • Developed the various components ofthe outreach strategy such as logistics, instruction, and mentorship
  • Delivered college knowledge presentations to high school students in an effort to encourage first-generation college students to attend college
  • Provided 1:1 mentorship and guidance to students around college access
  • Maintained the program database
  • Supported the daily operations ofthe program



University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Fellow Lifetime Member of Delta Omicron- inducted 2002 Lifetime Member of Phi Sigma Alpha-Inducted 2001- Honor Society of the American Political Science Association Listed in Who’s Who Amongst American Colleges 8c Universities 2000 Member of Metionia Center-Community Revitalization Organization 2006-Present Member of Illinois Power Lifting 2007-Present Champaign-Urbana Citizens for Peace & Justice 2009-Present


Michael Peters, Professor of Philosophy & Education
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Daria Roithmayr, Professor of Law
University of Southern California

Robert Sipe, Professor of Political Science
University of Illinois Springfield

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