Dr. Eric Mayes

Headshot of Eric MayesDr. Eric Mayes serves as the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Professor of Education at Lawrence University.  Before joining Lawrence University, he served as the founding executive director of the Arkansas Academy (Center) for Educational Equity and an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas.  His research focuses on examining the mediating role of culture on cognition and learning, with particular interest on the impact that culturally responsive pedagogy and assessments have on academic and life outcomes for linguistically and culturally diverse students and communities.
Prior, Dr. Mayes served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University working at the nexus of leadership development, social entrepreneurship, and educational equity; designing and implementing an innovative online Doctor of Education program that focused on addressing some of the most intractable problems of practice in education.
As a former national director at the Children’s Defense Fund, Dr. Mayes led national initiatives, including program evaluation, growth strategy, and overseeing the CDF Freedom Schools program. Dr. Mayes  served as a director at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and inaugural faculty fellow in the Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement while at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Mayes also worked as a director at the U.S. Dream Academy and as an elementary and middle school building administrator in Washington, DC. Prior, Dr. Mayes served as a high school teacher and football coach in Detroit, Michigan.
He holds a post-doctorate Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Howard University, and both a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and a Bachelors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A former college athlete, Dr. Mayes advanced from a walk-on to Co-Captain of the 1997 University of Michigan National Championship Football Team.