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Demetrius Richmond

Director of Graduate Student Mentoring & Success

Teaching Assistant Professor

Poe Hall 505H


Dr. Richmond is originally from Memphis, TN, and he is a young professional with a passion to serve adults and he believes in the power of higher education and student development. It was during his teaching and graduate assistantships that he developed a commitment to working with and developing adults in higher education. He worked two years in the Office of Student Support Services as a Student Development Specialist/Communications Coordinator at the University of Arkansas, serving low income and first generation students. It is in this position where he decided that the field of higher education was his element of desire. His passion for helping students develop their “genius” eventually led him to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. While pursuing his degree, he complemented his academic endeavors by acquiring professional experiences in the Student Affairs and Academic Affairs realms. He spent 5 years in the Office of Minority Student Affairs/Black Cultural Center at UT focusing on diversity initiatives, cultural awareness, graduate student support, campus programming, and leadership development. He also served as the Coordinator (III ) for Recruitment & Retention/Academic Advising in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at UT-Knoxville. It was in this role that he advised undergraduate and graduate students, coordinated recruitment/retention initiatives for the college, and worked with departments on retention initiatives, and taught courses on Leadership Development and Intercultural Communication.

Research Description

His academic pursuits are in the areas of: Interpersonal Communication Dynamics with Faculty, Graduate Student Retention & Success, and Cultural Centers at PWIs.


Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Master of Arts in Communication Studies from University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting/Speech Communication from University of Central Arkansas

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