Dr. Fred A. Bonner II is Professor and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. He earned a B. A. in Chemistry from the University of North Texas, an M.S. Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Baylor University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration & College Teaching from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Fred’s work has been featured both nationally and internationally; he has been the recipient of numerous awards including the American Association for Higher Education Black Caucus Dissertation Award and the Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundation’s Dissertation of the Year Award from the University Of Arkansas. In 2010, Dr. Bonner was awarded the 2010 Extraordinary Service Award from the Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development and the 2010 Faculty Member of the Year, Texas A&M University Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) Cohort. He has been elected to membership of several National Honor Societies and serves in different editorial capacities for various journals.
Throughout his career, his work has consistently been centered on microcultural populations developing attitudes, motivations, and strategies to survive in macrocultural settings. This social justice philosophy has led him to publish numerous articles, books and book chapters related to academically gifted African-American male college students in varying postsecondary contexts; teaching in the multicultural college classroom; diversity issues in student affairs; diverse millennial students in college; success factors influencing the retention of students of color in higher education and in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields in particular; and faculty of color in predominantly White institutions (PWIs). His new book “Diverse Millennial Students in College” was released fall 2011.