Mauriell H. Amechi

Visiting Assistant Professor
School of Education

Mauriell Amechi


Department of Leadership and Higher Education


North University Hall
Room 114
P: 909.748.6288


As an educator, I am driven by the belief that the pursuit and attainment of a postsecondary degree or credential has the potential to enhance one's quality of life, promote social mobility, and break cycles of poverty.

Areas of Expertise/Academic Interests

Higher Education and Student Affairs

Foster Youth

Educational Equity


Identity Development



Research and Professional Background Highlights

My research expertise, pedagogy, and advocacy center on issues of educational equity, college access/transition, identity development, and persistence, with a particular focus on the experiences and pathways of underserved youth and adults who have been through foster care. The second strand of his research explores institutional efforts to cultivate diverse and inclusive learning communities for marginalized learners in the health science and STEM fields.

Degrees Held/ Licensures

Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University

B.A. Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Amechi, M. H. (2016). “There’s no autonomy”: Narratives of self-authorship from Black male foster youth in higher education. Journal of African American Males in Education, 7, 18-35. [The acceptance rate is 23%]

Bush, A. Amechi, M. H., Persky, A. (In Press). An exploration of pharmacy education researchers’ perceptions of and experiences conducting qualitative research: Challenges and benefits. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. DOI:

Bush, A. Amechi, M. H. (In Press). Conducting and presenting qualitative research in pharmacy education. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. DOI:

Charleston, L. J., George, P. L., Jackson, J. F. L., Berhanu, J., Amechi, M. H. (2014). Navigating underrepresented STEM spaces: Experiences of Black women in U.S. computing science higher education programs who actualize success. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 7, 166-176. [Journal impact score: 0.829]

Book Chapters

Amechi, M. H., Berhanu, J., Cox, J. M., McGuire, K. M., Morgan, D. L., Williams, C. D., & Williams, M. S. (2015). Understanding the unique needs and experiences of Black male subgroups at four-year colleges and universities. In S. R. Harper & J. L. Wood (Eds.), Advancing Black male student success from preschool through Ph.D. (pp. 118-146). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Book Reviews

Amechi, M. H. & Estera, A. (2017, March 20). [Review of the book Student engagement in higher education: Theoretical perspectives and practical approaches for diverse student populations, by S. J. Quaye & S. R. Harper (Eds.)]. The Review of Higher Education, 40, 473-475.

Professional Affiliations/Professional Societies/Community Memberships

Institutional Affiliations

Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Faculty Affiliate

Professional Associations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

ACPA–College Student Educators International (ACPA)

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)



2017-18 National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition: Paul P. Fidler Research Grant

2016 ACPA–College Student Educators International Foundation Research Grant

2012 National Association for Campus Activities Research Grant


2019 AERA SIG: Research Focus on Black Education – (Inaugural) Early Career Faculty Workshop

2019 AERA SIG: Research Focus on Black Education – Travel award

2016-17 Advanced Opportunity Fellowship

2015 The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

2015 AERA Division J Emerging Scholar, Preconference Workshop

2013-14 Advanced Opportunity Fellowship