African and African-American Studies

Dr. Jessica DeCuir-Gunby

Dr. Jessica DeCuir-Gunby is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and University Faculty Scholar in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at NC State University. She serves as a faculty mentor with the multidisciplinary and inter-institutional Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also an associate editor for the American Educational Research Journal. In 2012, DeCuir-Gunby was inducted into the NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers and received the NC State University Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award. In addition, she was recently awarded the University of Georgia’s College of Education 2015 Outstanding Educator Award. This award is designed to recognize alumni’s contributions to scholarship and leadership in education. DeCuir-Gunby’s research interests include race and racial identity development, critical race theory, mixed methods research, and emotions in education. She recently served as Co-PI on two National Science Foundation funded grants, totaling over $4.3 million: Nurturing Mathematics Dreamkeepers (DRK-12 Grant) and Peer Mentoring Summits for Women Engineering Faculty of Color (ADVANCE Leadership Award Grant). Both grants used mixed methods approaches, were multidisciplinary, and explored important issues in diversity and STEM. Her work has been featured in top-tier journals such as Educational Psychologist, Educational Researcher, and Review of Educational Research, among others. DeCuir-Gunby is currently finishing three book projects. The first book discusses the results of a multi-year, mixed methods teacher professional development study that merged critical multiculturalism and mathematics. The second book is an edited collection that explores the importance of examining race and ethnicity in the study of motivation in education. The third book discusses and demonstrates how to create a mixed methods research proposal.