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Dr. Gail Thompson

Dr. Gail L. Thompson, the Wells Fargo Endowed Professor of Education at Fayetteville State University, has written six books: A Brighter Day: How Parents Can Help African American Youth; The Power of One: How You Can Help or Harm African American Students, which was nominated for the National Staff Development Council's Book of the Year Award); Up Where We Belong: Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life; African American Teens Discuss Their Schooling Experiences; What African American Parents Want Educators to Know; and Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know but are Afraid to Ask About African American Students, a book that has received a considerable amount of attention from educators, talk show hosts, and news reporters across the nation.  This book is also used in numerous Teacher Education courses and professional development programs. Dr. Thompson co-wrote a seventh book, Exposing the Culture of Arrogance in the Academy: A Blueprint for Increasing Black Faculty Satisfaction, with Dr. Angela Louque. Her eighth book, Yes, You Can! Advice for Teachers Who Want a Great Start and a Great Finish With Their Students of Color, which she co-authored with her husband, Rufus, will be published by Corwin Press in May 2014.

Dr. Thompson has written chapters that were published in four edited books, From Work-Family Balance to Work-Family Interaction: Changing the Metaphor; Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Strategies for Educating Latino, Black, and Asian Students; Adolescent Literacy: Field Tested Effective Solutions for Every Classroom; and The Best of Corwin: Equity. One of her essays was published in USA Today, and her work has been published in numerous academic journals.  Dr. Thompson is also an editor of The Journal of Research Initiatives, a new online journal at Fayetteville State University.

She has served as a co-host of the radio program "Elevate," has been a frequent guest on WIDU Radio, appeared on PBS television's Tony Brown's Journal, WCIA-3 News, National Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, Tavis Smiley's radio show, KJLH, WAMO, WURD, KPCC, WBAI, WSOU, WFSS, and KXAM. She has been interviewed for Scholastic Instructor and Inside Higher Education, and has been quoted in numerous newspaper articles. Dr. Thompson has served as a reviewer for the Educational Broadcasting Network, Millmark Education, Houghton Mifflin, and several academic journals, and has done presentations, keynote addresses, workshops, and consultant work throughout the U.S. and two presentations in Canada. In 2009, Claremont Graduate University awarded her its "Distinguished Alumna Award," and in 2008, the Black Graduate Students' Association gave her an "Award of Distinction." In May 2009, the California Department of Education selected her to be a member of its newly formed "African American Advisory Committee."

Dr. Thompson is married to Rufus, a retired educator, technology consultant and pilot, and they have three adult children, Dr. Nafissa Thompson-Spires, NaChe', a high school teacher, and Stephen, who recently earned a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is the very proud grandparent of Iveren and Isaiah.

Of Interest

"Dr. Gail L. Thompson, FSU's Wells Fargo Endowed Professor of Education and Director of the "Black Men Teaching (BMT) Program," was quoted in an article that was published by "Diverse Issues in Higher Education" on January 24, 2016.  The article focused on the book, "Reaching the Mountaintop of the Academy:  that she co-edited with Drs. Chance Lewis and Fred Bonner ll.  The link to the article is:

Dr. Gail L. Thompson, FSU's "Wells Fargo Endowed Professor of Education," and Drs. Chance Lewis and Fred Bonner, are the editors of a new book, "Reaching the Mountaintop of the Academy: Personal Narratives, Advice, and Strategies from Black Distinguished and Endowed Professors."  For more information about the book, which was published by Information Age Publishing, visit:

Dr. Shanessa Fenner, Principal at W.T. Brown Elementary School, interviews Dr. Gail L. Thompson About Black Males.

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