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Terrance McAdoo, Ph.D.

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor, Curriculum Studies
Department: Leadership, Learning Design, and Inquiry
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-5129
Office: Wardlaw 107R
Terrance McAdoo, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Areas of Expertise

Leadership and ethics, conscious hip hop music, and social justice pedagogy.


Terrance M. McAdoo began his professional work experience as a Transportation Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, before transitioning into the field of education.  As an educator, Terrance has worked as a teacher assistant (working with Autistic children), a professional licensed business teacher (high school), a student affairs counselor, and a collegiate instructor.   Although Terrance planned a career in marketing, the legacy of education from which he comes, coupled with the suggestion of a friend, prompted him to pursue a career in education. It didn’t take long for him to realize that not only was he gifted to teach but also he enjoyed it.   

After working at Georgia Perimeter College as a Student Affairs Counselor, Terrance returned to his alma mater as a Praxis & Retention Coordinator. Within a year of his return, he began pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. Since that time, Terrance’s research interest has expanded to include: social justice pedagogy, conscious hip hop music, race, culture, and diversity, ethics and leadership, and African diaspora.  More specifically, his research has explored the potential influence of conscious Hip Hop music on the social injustice awareness of youth within American society.

Terrance’s passion for helping disadvantaged youth continues to drive him to assist society in obtaining solutions toward educational deprivation of the poor, social and economic inequalities, and all things regarding the uplifting of marginalized people.  He hopes that his scholarship and work in his local community will bring positive economic and social change for the next generation.

Selected Publications

McAdoo, T. (2018). The Leadership behind the Leader: Examining boards of HBCU’s and the potential affects that these members are having on HBCU’s success and/or failure. In Improving the Perception and Viability of HBCUs. (pp.8-21) Lanham, Maryland: Rowman &Littlefield.

McAdoo, T., & Harrison, D., (2018). Praxis Core: A systemic approach to helping minority students. Journal of Research Initiatives. Sept 2018. Volume 4, Issue 1.

Brunson, M., Hemphill, M., McAdoo, T., Sexton-Lewter, K.. & Pitre, A., (2013): The Minister and Education- The Journal of Urban Education: Focus Enrichment Volume 1, Issue 1. Spring 2013.

Selected Presentations

Leadership, Ethics and Personal Branding.  Presented at the World Education Congress: (June 2019: Toronto, Canada)

African American Pre-Service Teachers and Their Roadblocks: Praxis Success.  Presented at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund: (July 2018: Houston, TX)

Leadership and Ethics in the New World.  Presented at Western Carolina University: Diverse Dialogue series with Faculty and Students: (April 2017: Cullowhee, NC)

Strength, Integrity & Transformation: Leadership and Ethics in a 21st Century Context (with Sherri Turner). Presented at the College Board National Conference. (March 2017: Washington D.C.)

African American Pre-Service Teachers and Their Roadblocks: Praxis Success.  Presented at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund: (July 2016: Houston, TX)

Changing the Conversation: Conscious Hip Hop and Social Justice Awareness.  Presented at Western Carolina University: Diverse Dialogue series with Faculty and Students: (March 2016: Cullowhee, NC)

MLK Jr. –From Drums to Hashtags, The Generational Conversation on Justice.  Presented at North Carolina Agricultural and State University: Multicultural Affairs presentation: (January 2016: Greensboro, NC)

Social Justice Pedagogy-Becoming the Change You Seek.  Presented at the Triad Teaching Fellows Intercollegiate Conference: (February 2015: Elon, NC) 

A Journey Toward Liberation- Social Consciousness and Hip Hop Culture. Presented at the University of North Carolina Greensboro: African American Studies Conference: (October 2013: Greensboro, NC)

A Journey Toward Liberation- Social Consciousness and Hip Hop Culture.  Presented at the National Council for Black Studies Conference: (April 2012: Atlanta, GA)

Conscious Hip Hop and Popular Culture.  Presented at Fayetteville State University- Student Research Conference: (April 2012: Fayetteville, NC)

Myths and Facts about College.  Presented at the North Carolina Community College System- Minority Male Mentoring Conference: (September 2011: Durham, NC)

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