In Memory of Dr. Sherwood Thompson, Ed. D.

As researcher and professor, he wanted to bring enriching evidence to his classes that supports the proposition that all people are truly created equal and that an informed and supportive environment promotes personal growth and a healthy society.

Sherwood Thompson

So Dr. Sherwood Thompson, professor of educational leadership in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), dedicated three years to collecting, compiling and scrutinizing more than 300 diversity and social justice terms in order to become familiar with language that supports a sense of appreciation of human differences. The result is the recently published Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice, a unique, 900-page, two-volume set edited by Thompson filled with “comprehensive and systematic collections of designated entries that describe, in detail, important diversity and social justice themes. ”

His most recent book titled Critical Conversations of Women Faculty: Coping with Differences between Female and Male Counterparts was published in November 2017, co-edited with Dr. Pam Parry, Chair of the Mass Media Department at Southern Missouri State University and the Applegate for Excellence in Research recipient from the Kentucky Communication Association. He has also published the book titled, Views from the Frontline: Voices of Conscience on College Campuses by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Thompson is listed in The Encompass Digital Repository with over 60 scholarly papers that have been downloaded a total of 833 times. He is also a diversity and inclusive excellence blogger who loves to share his insightful and thought-provoking reflections on current educational issues. His areas of research interest include educational leadership, post-secondary educational trends, organizational development and race and social justice. Professor Thompson is currently serving on the editorial boards of the Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning, Journal for the Advancement of Educational Research, and he is reviewer for the International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, and the Journal of Negro Education.


Dr. Thompson has attained distinction through a lengthy and productive career, directing campus-wide diversity programs for three major Carnegie Foundation Divisions-I public research universities, as well as one regional Polytechnic university. He also serves as the Executive Director and executive board member of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research International. He is the former interim chief diversity officer at EKU, under his leadership as interim chief diversity officer he was awarded the 2016 Higher Education Excellent in Diversity (HEED) Award on behalf of EKU for innovative diversity program development. The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.  


He has been a delegate to the College Board Chinese Bridge Delegation twice. He sponsored the Chinese Guest Teacher and Trainee Program in the local public School district of Madison County in Kentucky and at the EKU Model Laboratory School for three years, working in partnership with the College Board and Hanban/Confucius Institute. Dr. Thompson has been an invited guest lecturer in India, speaking at the India Institute of Technology in Bangalore and the Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Education in Coimbatore and he is a frequent reviewer on doctoral committees at the University of Karachi, Pakistan and Mother Teresa Women’s University in Kodaikanal, India. He has experience in building global citizenship awareness and international programs, as evidenced by his frequent visitations at international schools and universities and his scholarly presentations at international conferences. In 2015 he was awarded the Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship in Salzburg Austria.

Dr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg, a Master of Education and a Doctor of Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In addition to being awarded two faculty fellowships from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he was the recipient of the following: the Mid-Level Professional Training Certificate from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, a Certificate from The Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities Dean’s Leadership Institute, and a Certificate from The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Dean’s Leadership Institute. He received a Certificate from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Dean’s Advanced Development Institute, and he is a UC Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy Fellow.  Dr. Thompson has served as the Principle Investigator for the Call Me Mister® Program, an African American male teacher leadership program and he also serves as Principle Investigator for The Best Should Teach Program, a teaching excellence program for district and College educators.

Dr. Thompson is the former Assistant Dean of the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University, former Executive Director of the Model Laboratory School and the Teacher Education Services Office. At present, Dr. Thompson holds a tenured full-professor faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Education in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University.