Profile: Fred Bonner II | Graduate School of Education

Profile: Fred Bonner II

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education


As an overarching framework, I have attempted to better understand how certain microcultural populations develop attitudes, motivations, and strategies to survive in various macrocultural settings. It is the intersection of identity and integrity that Parker Palmer alludes to in his work Heart of a Teacher that I attempt to situate myself in all my classroom engagements. It is the intersection of identity and integrity that Parker Palmer alludes to in his work Heart of a Teacher that I attempt to situate myself in all my classroom engagements. As a former student in the area of college and university teaching, I have a healthy appreciation for the complex dynamics that occur in instructional settings. My mission of service can be stratified along two parallel planes—service within and service outside of the academic setting. These planes both contain a complex array of activities in which I have expended time and energy, expenditures aimed at a higher calling—a calling to serve.

Professional Affiliation

American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP)
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
American College Personnel Association

Recent Grants

Fred A. Bonner II, Felicia M. Nave, Sherri S. Frizell, Mary V. Alfred, and Chance W. Lewis (Co-Principal Investigators) “An Empirical Investigation of the Success Factors Impacting African American Students in Engineering and Technology at Historically Black College and Universities (NSF), Co-Principal Investigator ($1,007,000), 2007-2010.

Fred A. Bonner II (Principal Investigator) “An Empirical Investigation of the Success Factors Influencing Academically Gifted (High-Achieving) Latino Student Success in Engineering.” Texas A&M University Mexican American and U.S. Latino Research Center ($10,000), 2007-2012


  • Associated Programs

    College Student Affairs

  • Education

    Doctor of Education (1997)
    Higher Education Administration and College Teaching
    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
    Concentration: Higher Education Administration and College Teaching
    Advisor: Dr. James D. Swartz, Professor
    Dissertation Title: The Cultivation of Academic Giftedness in the Historically Black College and University and the Traditional White Institution: Case Studies Involving the Perceptions of Two Academically Gifted African American Male Undergraduates.”

    Master of Education (1994)
    Curriculum and Instruction
    Baylor University, Waco, Texas
    Cognate: College Student Personnel

    Bachelor of Arts (1991)
    University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
    Minor: Communications

  • Publications

    1. Bonner, F.A. II, Robinson, P.A., & Byrd, D.A. (2012). Supporting Black Millennial Graduate Student at HBCUs. In R.T. Palmer, A.A. Hilton, & P.T. Fountaine (Eds). Black Graduate Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Trends, Experiences and Outcomes. Information Age Publishing.
    2. Bonner, F. A. II, Marbley, A.F. & Howard-Hamilton, M. (2011). Diverse millennial students in college: Implications for faculty and student affairs VA: Stylus Publishing.
    3. Bonner, F. A. II. (2011). Standing in the intersection: Black, male, millennial college students. In Palmer, R. T. & Wood, J. L. (Eds.). Black men in college: Implications for HBCUs and beyond. New York, NY: Routledge.
    4. Lewis, C., Bonner, F. A. II, Rice, D., Alfred, M., Nave, F. & Frizell, S. (2011). African American, academically gifted, millennial students in METS disciplines at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs): Factors that impact successful degree completion. In W.F. Tate and H.T. Fierson (Eds.) Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales: African Americans Paths to STEM Fields, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.
    5. Bonner, F.A. II (2010). Academically Gifted African American Males in College: VA: Stylus Publishing.
    6. Bonner, F. A. II (2005). Transitions in the development of giftedness.” Gifted Child
    Today, Spring, 19-25.

  • Research Initiatives

    My primary research focuses on academically gifted Black males, especially those who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). I am engaging in an on-going project with the University of Notre Dame that looks at critical programming initiatives centered on college students of color. Additionally, I have established a number of research cartels with graduate students and junior faculty designed to generate cutting-edge research on topics ranging from diversity in higher education to faculty of color in academe  

  • Awards

    1997 American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) Black Caucus  Dissertation of the Year

    2010 Extraordinary Service Award, Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development, College Station, Texas

    2010 Faculty Member of the Year, Texas A&M University Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) Cohort, College Station, Texas

  • Expertise

    Race & Equity in Education
    Higher Education
    College Student Affairs