Dr. Fred A. Bonner II is Professor and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey. Prior to his new appointment, he was Professor of Higher Education Administration in the Educational Administration and Human Resource Development Department at Texas A&M University—College Station. He earned a B.A. Degree in Chemistry from the University of North Texas, an M.S. Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Baylor University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration & College Teaching from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
Bonner’s work has been featured both nationally and internationally; he has been the recipient of numerous awards including the American Association for Higher Education Black Caucus Dissertation Award and the Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundation’s Dissertation of the Year Award from the University Of Arkansas College Of Education. In 2010, Dr. Bonner was awarded the 2010 Extraordinary Service Award from the Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development, College Station, Texas and the 2010 Faculty Member of the Year, Texas A&M University Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) Cohort, College Station, Texas. He has been elected to membership of several National Honor Societies.
Throughout his career, his work has consistently been centered on microcultural populations developing attitudes, motivations, and strategies to survive in macrocultural settings. This social justice philosophy has led him to publish numerous articles, books and book chapters related to: academically gifted African American male college students in varying postsecondary contexts (Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominantly White Institutions, and Community Colleges); teaching in the multicultural college classroom; diversity issues in student affairs; diverse millennial students in college; success factors influencing the retention of students of color in higher education and in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields in particular; and faculty of color in predominantly White institutions (PWIs).
Bonner has completed three summers as a research fellow with the Yale University Psychology Department (PACE Center) focusing on issues that impact academically gifted African American male college students. Bonner has completed a book that highlights the experiences of postsecondary gifted African American male undergraduates in predominantly White and Historically Black college contexts (Academically Gifted African American Male College Students). Bonner spent the 2005-2006 year as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in the Office of the President at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His new book “Diverse Millennial Students in College” was released fall 2011.
Among his many professional service-oriented activities, Dr. Bonner serves in different editorial capacities for various journals; he sits on the board of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) where he serves as a board member and Vice President for Research and is currently leading the AABHE Research Consortium, an effort to enhance and increase the professional research, scholarship, and publishing opportunities for the members of that organization. His work and philosophy ties directly into the vision he has for the Samuel Dewitt Chair in Education position in which his aim will be to promote potential through campus, local, national, and global community partnerships.