Dwayne Ray Cormier, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Foundations of Education

Dwayne Ray Cormier, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. in teaching, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • M.Ed. in physical education, Florida A&M University
  • B.A. in psychology, Edward Waters College

Research interest

The intersection among teachers’ stated beliefs, observable teaching practices, and student interactions implicated by the sociocultural gap along with their impact on teacher-student relationships, student learning outcomes, and organizational/school culture.

Career highlights

  • Bunton-Waller Fellowship, 2015 – Present
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Scholar, 2015 - Present
  • Noyce Science Teaching Fellowship, 2012 – 2017
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Scholar of the Month, April 2017


Dr. Dwayne Ray Cormier’s research is focused on bridging the sociocultural gap between educational practitioners and students who are minoritized, marginalized, and othered within PreK-20 teaching and learning context. He has developed the Cultural Proficiency Continuum Dialogic Protocol, which is a pedagogical tool designed to examine and classify individuals or groups' cultural competency regarding the experiences that take place in majority-minority schools and classrooms. He is also interested and experienced in developing equity-minded summer bridge programs aimed to develop and prepare underrepresented minority (URM) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students' academic and social skills to persist and transition through their higher education.

Curriculum Vitae

(804) 828-3738 [main number for Department of Foundations of Education]