This book is a training tool for the 21st-century community college leader and administrator. It deconstructs outdated practices and constructs new approaches to how contemporary community college leadership is viewed, practiced, and envisioned. Both timely and comprehensive, the book develops new models that are focused on facilitating leadership innovation and encourages both formal and informal leaders to become active agents for change. A relevant case study, written by an experienced community college leader, follows each chapter. This book will be useful for courses in administration, leadership, management, and related areas, and presents contemporary skills for anyone who is a leader and/or administrator in an organization. Learn more about this book, see

Citation: Nevarez, C., & Wood, J. L. (2010). Community college leadership and administration: Theory, practice and change. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Reviews of Community college leadership and administration.


Black Men in College provides vital information about how to effectively support, retain, and graduate Black male undergraduates. This edited collection centers on the notion that Black male collegians are not a homogenous group; rather, they are representative of rarely acknowledged differences that exist among them. This valuable text suggests that understanding these differences is
critical to making true in-roads in serving Black men. Recommendations for policy and practice to encourage retention and persistence to degree completion are grounded in extant theory and research. This text is a must-read for all higher education faculty, researchers, and student affairs practitioners interested in addressing the contemporary college experiences of Black men in postsecondary institutions. Learn more about this book, see

Citation: Palmer, R. T., & Wood, J. L. (Eds.). (2011). Black men in college: Implications for HBCU’s and beyond. New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal Articles – (click here for a list of articles in press)

Wood, J. L. & Hilton, A. A. (2012). Spirituality and academic success: Perceptions of African American males in the community college. Religion & Education, 39(1),28-47. Retrievable from: Spirituality and Academic Success

Nevarez, C., & Wood, J. L. (2012). A case study framework for community college leaders. Community College Journal of Research and Pratice, 36(4), 310-316. Retrievable from: Leadership Framework

Wood, J. L., Nevarez, C., & Hilton, A. A. (2011). Creating a culture of transfer in the community college: Recommendations for addressing the ‘Community College Achievement Gap’. Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity, 13(1), 54-61. Retrievable from:Creating a culture of transfer

Wood, J. L. (2011). Leaving the two-year college: Predictors of Black male collegian departure. The Journal of Black Studies. Retrievable from: Leaving the Two-Year College

Wood, J. L., Hilton, A. A., & Lewis, C. (2011). Black male collegians in public two-year colleges: Student perspectives on the effect of employment on academic success. National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Journal, 14(1), 97-110. Retrievable from: Effect of Employment on Academic Success

Wood, J. L. & Turner, C. S. V. (2011). Black males in the community college: Student perspectives on faculty and academic success. Community College Journal of Research & Practice, 35(1), 135-151. Retrievable from:

Nevarez, C. & Wood, J.L. (2010). Urban principals’ experiences and perceptions of teacher effectiveness: An analysis of student achievement, hiring and retention, and school culture. Journal of Transformative Leadership and Policy Studies. Retrievable from:

Turner, C. S. V., Gonzalez, J. C., & Wood, J. L. (2008). Faculty of color in academe: What 20 years of literature tells us. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 1(3), 139-168. Retrievable from:

  • Article reprinted in Harper, S. R. & Jackson, J. F. L. (Eds.) (2010). Introduction to American higher education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Wood, J. L. (2008) Ethical dilemmas in African-American faculty representation. eJournal of Education Policy. Retrievable from:

Nevarez, C. & Wood, J. L. (2007). Implications and solutions for school leaders post Los Angeles riots: Improving urban education. Education Studies, 43(3), 266-280. Retrievable from:

Book Chapters

Wood, J. L., & Hilton, A. A. (2012). Enhancing success in the community college: Recommendations from African American male studens. In T. Hicks & A. Pitre (Eds.), Research studies in higher education: Educating multicultural college students (pp. 69-85). Lanham, MD: University Press of America. Retrievable from: Recommendations from African American Male Students

Wood, J. L., & Palmer, R. T. (2011). Innovative initiatives and recommendations for practice and future research: Enhancing the status of Black men in HBCUs and beyond. In R. T. Palmer & J. L Wood (Eds.)., Black men in college: Implications for HBCUs and Beyond (pp. 176-196). New York, Routledge.

Palmer, R. T., & Wood, J. L. (2011). Setting the foundation for Black men in colleges: Implications for diversity, recruitment, support, and retention. In R. T. Palmer & J. L Wood (Eds.)., Black men in college: Implications for HBCUs and Beyond (pp. 1-17). New York, Routledge.

Wood, J. L., & Hilton, A. A. (in press). A meta-synthesis of literature on Black males in the community college: An overview on nearly forty years of policy recommendations. In A. A. Hilton, J. L. Wood, & C. W. Lewis (Eds.), Black Males in postsecondary education: Examining their experiences in diverse institutional contexts. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Wood, J. L., & Hilton, A. A. (in press). Moral choices: Towards a conceptual model of Black male moral development (BMMD). In C. M. Elllis & J. Carlson (Eds.), Resiliency, achievement, and manhood: Promoting the healthy development of African American men. New York, NY: Routledge.

Wood, J. L. (in press). Labor market outcomes for HBCU graduates. In R. T. Palmer, A. A. Hilton, & T. Fontaine (Eds.), Black graduate education at HBCUs: Trends, experiences, and outcomes. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Essien, I. & Wood, J. L. (in press). Academic and social integration for Students of Color in STEM: Examining differences between HBCU’s and non-HBCUs. In Maramba, D., Gasman, M. B. & Palmer, R. T. (Eds.), Fostering success of ethnic and racial minorities in STEM: The role of minority serving institutions. New York, NY: Routledge.

Hicks, T., & Wood, J. L. (in press). Academic and social characteristics among African-American first-generation college students in a STEM discipline at a HBCU: A Meta-Synthesis of Research. In J. Moore., L. Flowers., & L. Flowers (Eds.), The evolution of learning: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education at historically Black colleges and universities. Millburn, NJ: University Press of America.


Garcia, E. E., Öztürk, M. D., & Wood, J. L. (2009). The critical condition of Hispanic education in Arizona. Tempe, AZ: Office of the Vice President of Education Partnership, Arizona State University. Retrievable from:

  • A shorter version of this report was published in the State of Latino Arizona by the Arizona Latino Research Enterprise.

Book Reviews

Wood, J. L. (2008). Book Review. C. M. Brown II & R. D. Bartee (Eds.) (2007). Still not equal: Expanding educational opportunity in society, NY: Peter Lange. Education Review. Retrievable from:

Wood, J. L. (2011). Book Review. T. L. Strayhorn & M.C. Terrell (Eds.) (2010). The evolving challenges of Black college students: New insights for policy, practice, and research. Sterling, VA: Stylus. National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Journal, 14(1), 118-120. Retrievable from: NASAP: The Evolving Challenges

Biographical Contributions

Wood, J. L. (2008). Biography of Joseph Harrison Jackson. In H. L. Gates, Jr., & E. B. Higginbotham (Eds.), African American national biography- Volume 4 (pp. 449). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.