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Laurence Parker

Professor | K12


Dr. Laurence Parker is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and he is the current chair of the department. He previously taught at Temple University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His areas of research and teaching interests are in social justice leadership and policy related to diversity and equity in K-12 education; and the application of critical race theory to higher education and K-12 schooling context. His main focus in his classes is to get graduate and undergraduate students to think about equitable and just ways to disrupt the normalization of failure for students in our schools and colleges.

Areas of Expertise

Administration / Leadership / Policy


  • Lam, J. Le, K. & Parker, L. (2021). In the end there is no such thing as unconscious racism: CRT/AsianCrit counterstories by undergraduate students during the pandemic. Cultural Studies↔Critical Methodologies, v. 22, n. 1, pgs. 44-52
  • *Coon, S.R. & Parker, L. (2021 September). Racial evasion policy: University leadership responses to incidents of racism in the age of neoliberalism. Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, v. 19, n. 2
  • *Thomas, S. & Parker, L. (2021, June). Hearing and listening: Bridging the leadership divide between school connectedness and students’ lived realities. Urban Education (first published June 23, 2021)
  • *Amiot, M.N, Meyers-Glenn, J. & Parker L. (2020). Applied critical race theory: Educational leadership actions for student equity. Race Ethnicity & Education, 23(2), 200-220.

Honors & Awards

  • 2021: University of Utah Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor Award
  • 2021: American Educational Research Association Fellow