Daniel Spikes

Title: Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policies

Organization: University of South Carolina (USC)

Bio: Daniel Spikes is an assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policies at the University of South Carolina (USC). His research interests focus on racial disparities in educational outcomes and the policies and practices of school districts, schools, and school leaders that serve to perpetuate and/or ameliorate these disparities. He also focuses on the professional development of adult learners on cultural proficiency and/or anti-racism and how this development contributes to the improvement of racial outcomes. He has delivered professional development sessions and talks throughout the country to various groups and organizations, including educational, religious, professional, and civic and service organizations.

Prior to accepting the position at USC, he served as an assistant professor of Educational Leadership, Organizations and Policy at Iowa State University (ISU) for four years. He also served as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher and high school administrator in Lufkin, Texas. In addition, he worked as an adjunct faculty member at Angelina Community College, as the assistant director for Pre-College Academic Readiness Programs, and as the district site coordinator for the federally funded Principalship Program at UT-Austin. He is the proud husband of Garisa Spikes and the proud father of three beautiful daughters: Madeline, Hannah, and Gabriella.


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