Professor of Community College Leadership and Director of the Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University

J. Luke Wood, PhD is a Co-Director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for men of color. M2C3 houses the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC), which hosts trainings, information sharing sessions, and provides resources to colleges with initiatives and programs supporting college men of color. He is also Chair-Elect for the Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy (CAARP), and Co-Editor of the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College. Wood’s research focuses on factors affecting the success of men of color in the community college. In particular, his research examines contributors (e.g., social, psychological, academic, environmental, institutional) to positive outcomes (e.g., persistence, achievement, attainment, transfer, labor market outcomes) for these men. Dr. Wood is a PI on the NSF Collaborative Research Grant: Transitioning Learners to Calculus in Community Colleges (TLC3).


  • Ph.D., Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., General Experimental Psychology, Western Illinois University
  • B.S., Psychology, Western Illinois University
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