Dean Daire on how to increase minority scholar success

Spotlight on SOE faculty research

Headshot of Dr. Andrew Daire, dean of the VCU School of Education.
Andrew Daire, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Education.

The amount of knowledge being generated by VCU School of Education faculty in published research goes beyond merely enhancing the school’s reputation – it is helping to shape the future of education itself. In addition to two recent first author publications in his core research area of investigating couple and family stress (see below), another recent example from Dean Andrew Daire, Ph.D., is in the chapter below, where he shares his recommendations for increasing the preparation and success of underrepresented minority scholars.


Dean Andrew Daire authored a chapter in “From Student to Scholar,” an edited volume that highlights the experiences of underrepresented scholars as they have transitioned into their professional lives. In Daire’s chapter, “Creating the Research Pipeline through Mentorship and Self-Advocacy,” he describes how he has witnessed during his professional career a lack of underrepresented minority faculty, particularly among associate and full professors, as well as relatively few opportunities for minority students, most notably doctoral students.

During this professional journey, Daire has witnessed and identified systemic factors that he says contribute to underrepresentation. He shares his thoughts, experiences and recommendations for increasing the preparation and success of underrepresented minority scholars, particularly in research-intensive environments. He further explains how his professional experiences have influenced his core values and his work with Holmes Scholars, as well as lessons he has learned, and tips and strategies for mentorship and self-advocacy as a scholar and faculty member.

Daire also highlights the impact that support groups, such as the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Scholars Program, have on doctoral degree completion and the success of professional endeavors for underrepresented minority scholars.


Daire A.P. (2020) Creating the Research Pipeline Through Mentorship and Self-Advocacy. In: Chapman D., Wilkerson A. (eds) From Student to Scholar. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-42081-9_13.

Daire, A.P., Tucker, K., Wheeler, N.J., Liu, X., Williams, B., Regal, R.A., Peoples, T., & Moumouris, T. (2020). Differences in Relational Distress Following RE Intervention for Low-Income Couples With or Without Chronic Illness. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, DOI: 10.1080/21501378.2020.1737518.

Daire, A.P., Williams, B., Griffith, S-A. M., Wheeler, N., Tucker, K., Liu, X., Broyles, A., Carlson, R., & Spears, N. (2020). Relationship Distress in Couples With and Without Reported Existing Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Making a Case for Relationship Education (RE). The Family Journal, 28(1), 40-47. DOI: 10.1177/1066480719896562.