Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas


Dr. Ty has delivered keynotes, motivational talks, and lectures in Africa, Europe, Bermuda, Brazil, the Caribbean, and the United States. His recent speaking events include sharing the stage with renowned motivational speaker, “ET The Hip Hop Preacher” at Howard University.  Notably, Dr. Ty took his passion for athletics to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) by service on professional panels and presentations, and through drawing on his 2015 NCAA grant-funded study on black male student-athletes at the University of Missouri. He has also showcased his work at the Arkansas Minority Health Summit, University of Missouri, and University of Pittsburgh. He has also spoken for numerous K-12 schools, colleges, athletic programs, teaching and leadership events, and community organizations. These include Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations, the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Mizzou Men4Men, Mizzou Women’s Soccer, the Bermuda Union of Teachers Convention, University of Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa), and the Illinois Math and Science Academy. 


Academic Experience: 

Dr. Douglas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and an affiliate faculty member of the Black Studies program at the University of Missouri. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Studies/Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Cultural Studies and a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration. Drawing on his international background, Dr. Douglas’ work explores the intersections between identity, community space (e.g. barbershops, sports fields, neighborhoods, and churches) and the social and cultural foundations of leadership and education.

Dr. Douglas is not your typical academic. He has taught in K-12 and post-secondary settings in the U.S. and Bermuda, founded and directed a GED Community School, and served on the executive committee of the American Educational Studies Association. He is a border crossing brotha-scholar who authentically connects with people, while operationalizing his MEsearch and WEsearch for maximum community impact. The co-editor of a new special issue on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in Teachers College Record—one of the leading education journals, Douglas’ work is crossing borders!

He has also been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including the prestigious 2013-2014 UNCG School of Education’s Early Career Award, a 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the 2016 Mizzou College of Education Outstanding College Teaching Award.



Dr. Douglas’ most recent publications have appeared in outlets such as Educational Studies, The Urban Review, Teachers College Record, Race, Ethnicity, and Education and The Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Diversity and Equity. He is the co-editor and a contributing author of 12 Shades of Man: Testimonies & Transitions to Manhood, and co-author with his wife of So Amazing…Her Story: Secrets to Finding and Keeping a Great Man. He has also written numerous book chapters and journal articles related to his research interests.



Dr. Douglas is happily married with two children. Together with his family, he has given birth to So Amazing Life Today Ministries, which is a multi-faceted, multi-generational ministry that is impacting the world and his local community.