Artis Gordon

Ph.D. Student, School of Education
Expected Graduation: Fall 2022
Program Area: Urban Services Leadership

Headshot of Artis Gordon, a VCU Holmes Scholar for 2020-2021.


  • Ph.D. in Education; Urban Services Leadership; Virginia Commonwealth University (Fall 2022)
  • M.S. in Sport Leadership; Virginia Commonwealth University (2006)
  • B.S. in Mass Communications; Journalism; Virginia Commonwealth University (2000)

Line of Research

My line of research will center on leadership identity of students and the impact that leadership development has on self-efficacy, confidence and persistence in college students and youth from underrepresented groups.


  • Gordon, A. (2015, February). Let’s Talk Transfer: Creating a Comprehensive Model to foster transfer student success. Presentation at the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students National Conference. Atlanta, GA.
  • Gordon, A. (2015, October). Let’s Talk Transfer: Building a model for transfer student success. Presentation at the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition National Conference. Baltimore, MD.
  • Gordon, A. (2014, February). Let’s Talk Transfer: Successful Transition begins with Preparation and Support. Presentation at the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students National Conference. Atlanta, GA.
  • Arbogast, L. & Gordon, A. (2010, September). Let’s Talk Transfer: Effective Strategies for Attracting and Enrolling Successful Transfer Students. Presentation at the National Association for College Admission Counseling National Conference. St. Louis, MO.
  • Gordon, A. (2010, September). Let’s Talk Transfer: Strategies for recruiting successful transfer students into academically competitive programs. Presentation at the STEM Regional Transfer Student Success Conference in Asheville, NC.


  • UNIV 491 - Special Topics: Enhancing Leadership for Men of Color: Fall 2020
    The course aims to provide male-identified students of color with thoughtful dialogue, writing, reflection and guided exploration of various identities and effective leadership strategies for navigating VCU and the waiting world.
  • UNIV 191 - Dynamic Principles for Professional Development: Fall 2020
    This course assists students as they recognize and improve their talents, social skills, leadership qualities, and reach full academic potential. The course explores issues that male-identified students of color face in college and their pre-professional life.
  • LDRS 201 - Leadership Identity: Fall 2020
    This seminar exposes students to a series of instruments, experiences and methods of analyzing and understanding the self in relation to leadership. Emphasis for this seminar is on self-discovery and personal identification of leadership skills and application in the leadership experience. Students explore personal attributes of leadership, while developing and refining their personal leadership style.
  • HSTM 3350 (Guest Lecturer) - Leadership Principles in HSTM: Troy University (Alabama), Spring 2020/Fall 2020
    This course is designed to assist students in undertaking and developing a personal philosophy on leadership.
  • UNIV 103 - Education and Career Planning: January 2018-present
    This course focuses on the process of self/major exploration and career planning. Through the use of in-class activities, assessments and projects, students learn how to make informed decisions about their educational and career goals.
  • UNIV 101 - Introduction to the University/Transfer Student Success: 2010-2017
    Curriculum creator for course geared specifically toward the needs of incoming transfer students. The course introduces students to the University and provides information that will promote and support academic success.


Artis Gordon is a second-year doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education in the Urban Services Leadership track. He has served VCU professionally in various capacities for the past 16 years. He credits his dedication to VCU as intentionally wanting to make an impact on the community in which he lives. A proven leader, Artis has been nationally recognized for building efficient programs geared to promoting a positive experience for all students.

Currently, he is the director of student-athlete development for VCU Athletics. In this role, he provides professional and leadership development for student-athletes, helping them to find their purpose. He enhances the life skills of student-athletes by challenging them to develop a strong sense of self while taking a servant leadership approach to engage the community. He also facilitates a Leadership Academy composed of sophomore and junior student-athletes who were recognized by coaches as being emerging leaders. The principles of the program are centered around knowledge of strengths, core values and building on this self-awareness to become a better leader.

What does the Holmes Scholars program mean to you?

The Holmes Scholars program is a safe space to be vulnerable, build confidence, learn and grow. I’m excited to learn from and collaborate with such a diverse group of scholars. I am also looking forward to building lifelong relationships and connecting with mentors who will challenge me to be the best scholar and researcher that I can be.

Curriculum Vitae