Larry Walker, Ed.D.


Lecturer in Educational Leadership 
P: 410-617-1315


Ed.D. in Urban Educational Leadership, Morgan State University
M.Ed. in Reading, Howard University
B.S. in Elementary Education, Cheyney University



Dr. Larry J. Walker is a Lecturer at Loyola University Maryland. He authored/coauthored several book chapters and peer reviewed journals articles for publications including Teachers College Record, Journal of Multicultural Education among others. In addition, he co-edited two books including How the Obama Presidency Changed the Political Landscape (2017). His research examines the impact environmental factors have on academic performance and socio-emotional functioning of students throughout the education pipeline (PreK-PhD).

Previously Dr. Walker was selected as a Congressional Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. After completing his fellowship he served as the Legislative Director for  Congressman Major R. Owens. During his tenure on Capitol Hill Dr. Walker supervised the legislative staff, developed the Congressman’s legislative agenda and worked with members and staff to pass several education bills. This includes reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and amendments to the Higher Education Act (HEA). He has several years of public school experience teaching in urban, rural and suburban districts.

Research Interest 

1) Examining the experiences of educational leaders from diverse backgrounds

(2) Investigating the experiences of students throughout the PreK-PhD education pipeline with a focus on trauma

(3) Identifying data driven programs that successfully recruit and retain Black male teachers (with a focus on HBCUs) 

(4) Determining the impact state and federal education policies have on underserved communities.

Selected Publications 


Palmer, R.T., Walker, L.J.,  Goings, R.B., Gibson, C., Troy, C., & Commodore, F., (Eds.), Graduate education at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs): A student perspective. New York, NY: Routledge Press, 2016.

Walker, L.J., Brooks, E., & Goings, R.B. (Eds.). (2017) How the Obama Presidency Changed the Political Landscape. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. 

Journal Articles:

Walker, L.J. (2016). Why are we all here: Reflections of an African-American male, In Frazier-Trotman-Scott, M. (Ed.). Illinois Schools Journal, 95(2), 104-126.

Walker, L.J. (2018). Examining the every student succeeds act’s (ESSA) impact on student mental health access. In Young, J. & Goings, R. (Eds.). ESSA Special Issue Yearbook, Teachers College Record, 120(13).

Goings, R.B., Bristol, T.B., & Walker, L.J. (2018). Exploring the transition experiences of one Black male refugee pre-service teacher at a HBCU. Journal of Multicultural Education, 12(2), 126-143.

Goings, R.B., Walker, L.J.,  & Cotignola-Pickens, H. School and district leaders role in diversifying the teacher workforce. Educational Planning (In Press).

Book Chapters:

Walker, L.J., Goings, R.B., (2017). Historically Black colleges and universities role in preparing professional students for the global workforce. In Boykin. T., Palmer, R., & Hilton, A. (Eds.), Professional education at historically Black colleges and universities: Past trends and future outcomes. New York, NY: Routledge Press. 

Walker, L.J., Goings, R.B., (2017). A dream deferred: How trauma impacts the academic achievement of African American youth. In Finigan-Carr, N. (Ed.), Linking health and education for African American Students’ Success. New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Goings, R.B., & Walker, L.J.,  (2018) Disrupting the myth of Black male inferiority. In F. D. Beachum, & F.E. Obiakor (Eds.), Improving educational outcomes of vulnerable children: Starting from the bottom . Svedala, Sweden: Oakleaf Books: Plural Publishing.

Walker, L.J., & Goings, R.B., Challenging cultural norms at HBCUs: How perceptions impact LGBTQ student’s experiences. In Davis, C., A. Hilton, & D. Outten (Eds.), Underserved Populations at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The Pathway to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. (In press).

Boykin, T., &  Walker, L. J., White faces in Black spaces: Examining faculty-student engagement on White doctoral success at HBCUs. In Davis, C., A. Hilton, & D. Outten (Eds.), Underserved Populations at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The Pathway to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. (In press).