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Eric Mayes

Eric Mayes

Executive Project/Program Director


(CIED)-Curriculum and Instruction

Phone: 479-575-3208

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Culture and Cognition

Educational Equity

Teacher and Leadership Development






Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts,

  • Ed.M., Education Policy and Management

Howard University, Washington, DC,

  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan,

  • M.S., Educational  Technology
  • BG.S., General Studies


Howard, J., & Mayes, E.  (In press, 2020).  Educational Moneyball: Rethinking the teacher credentials most valued in the screening and selection of effective teachers. International Journal of Educational Research.

Mayes, E., & Gathers, K. (2018). Transformational leadership: Creating a culture of change in an age of Accountability.  AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, 15(3), 12-31.

Hall-Campbell, N., & Mayes, E. (2018).  Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Assessment Development in Bahamian Secondary Education.  Caribbean Journal of Psychology, Special Issue: Psychological measurement and methodology in the Caribbean, 10(2).

Mayes, E., & Fakharzadeh, S. (2015). Using Cognitive Apprenticeship for Culturally Responsive, Effective Feedback. ASCD Express, 10(19). Retrieved from

Mayes, E., & Park, Y. (2013). Children’s Defense Fund Marlborough County Pre-K Freedom Schools Program Assessment Results. Internal Children’s Defense Fund Report.

Mayes, E., & Park, Y., Middelton, J., Fairchild, R. (2012). Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program K- 12 National Assessment. Children’s Defense Fund Report.

Mayes, E., & Hinton, M. (2011). Out of School Learning Time as a Chief Strategy in Eliminating Achievement Gaps. Children’s Defense Fund Policy Brief.

Middleton, J., & Mayes, E. (2011). Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program Executive Director’s Training Manual. Children's Defense Fund.

Middleton, J., Salley, R., Peagues, S., & Mayes, E. (2011). Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program National Training Manual.

Martin, P., Mayes, E., Butler-Barnes, S., & Atkins, L. (2009). From Griots to Rappers: Influences of secular rap on African- American adolescents belief systems. Psychological Discourse, 42(6), 28-30.

Onwuegbuzie, A. J., Mayes, E., Arthur, L., Johnson, J., Robinson, V., Ashe, S., Elbedour, S., & Collins, K. M. T. (2004). Reading comprehension among African-American graduate students. The Journal of Negro Education, 73, 443-457.




Mayes, E. (2020). A strengthened educator pipeline.  Panelist at Forward Arkansas' 2nd Annual Data and Policy Symposium: Bridging Arkansas Data with Arkansas Policy, Little Rock, Arkansas (invited)

Mayes, E. (2019, June).  The Imperative of Educational Equity: Investing in Under-resourced Communities and Schools.  Presentation at the 2019 Arkansas Department of Education Summit, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Mayes, E. (2019, August).  Discussant at Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Teacher Preparation Advisory Meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas (invited).

Mayes, E. (2020, March) Social justice and equity as educational imperatives.  Guest Lecturer at Howard University School of Education, Washington, DC.

Mayes, E. (2018). Cognition & Culture: The Situated Context of Reading Comprehension at the World Education Research Association Annual Meeting, Cape Town, South Africa.

Mayes, E. & Gethers, K. (2018). Transformational Leadership: Creating a culture of change in an age of accountability. Paper presentation at the American Education Research Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY.

Mayes, E., & Fakharzadeh, S. (2018). Innovative and Culturally Responsive Leadership Models for a Changing Educational Landscape. Paper presentation at the International Conference on Professional Doctorates. London, England.

Mayes, E. (2017). The case for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education: Improving quality, equity & efficiency in public education through ingenuity and innovation. Key note address at Prairie Rose School Division. Dunmore, Alberta, Canada. 


Mayes, E. (PI). Bolstering Achievement and Expanding Pathways to College and Career Readiness through CDF Freedom Schools (2013). $60,000 grant from Cindy Estrada Charity Fund. United Auto Workers.

Mayes, E. (PI). Leadership through Community Literacy (2011). $130,000 grant from the Skillman Foundation.

Jen, C., (PI) Alexander, G. Sharon Milberger, Andrea Cassidy, Shen, B., Mayes, E. Assessments of health status in preschoolers: A feasibility study (2008). $100,000 grant from the Institutes for Population Studies, Health Assessment, Administration, Services and Economics (INPHAASE). Wayne State University and Henry Ford Health Systems.

Mayes, E. (PI). Childcare Access Means Parents in School (2008). $626, 616 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.



Dissertation Committees

Member, Kaycee Brock, (Education), Fit for me: An Early College Access Workshop Series for Ninth Grade Black Latino Males, Johns Hopkins University, March 2019.

Member, Joshua Thomason (Education), Reversing Declining Enrollment Trends at Fincher Academy, Johns Hopkins University, October 2019.

Member, Lara K. Ohanian (Education), The Perceived Knowledge and Misconceptions of ESOL Educators Supporting A Rapidly Growing English Language Learner Population, Johns Hopkins University, April 2020.

Member, Erin Paradis (Education), Professionalization of non-teaching staff in K-12 Charter Schools, Johns Hopkins University, March 2017.

Member, Rashi Rama (Education), Collaborative Language Learning in Higher Education:  Student Engagement and Language Self-Efficacy in a Communicative, Flipped Context Arizona State University, March 2019.

Member, Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn (Education) E-Mentoring and Teacher Retention in the Mississippi Delta, Johns Hopkins University, December 2019.

Chair, John Howard (Education) Educational Moneyball: Principals’ Decision Making in the Screening and Selection of Effective Teachers, Johns Hopkins University, October 2018.

Chair, Kristen Moore (Education) Johns Hopkins University.  The Retention of Black and Latinx Teachers in an Urban School Context, August 2018.

Chair, Katchia Gethers (Education), Transforming the Leadership Practices of School Principals using a Blended Leadership Model, Johns Hopkins University, November 2018.

Chair, Amanda Thorpe (Education), A Data Review of an Intervention to Address Racial Disciple Disproportionality at a Midsized, Suburban School. Johns Hopkins University, November 2018.

Chair, Christina Bifulco (Education), Development of Perseverance in Mathematics Classrooms through the Advancement of a Growth Mindset, Johns Hopkins University, June 2017.


Comprehensive Examine Committee

Chair, Michelle Joyner (Educational Equity), University of Arkansas, 2020.

Chair, Molly Kopplin (Educational Equity), University of Arkansas, 2020.

Chair, Brianna Sheeley (Educational Equity), University of Arkansas, 2020.

Chair, Jason Curlin (Educational Equity), University of Arkansas, 2020.

Chair, Joseph Bauldree (Educational Equity), University of Arkansas, 2020.