Dr. Terrell Morton is an Assistant Professor of Identity and Justice in STEM Education at the University of Illinois Chicago. He obtained a Ph.D. in Education, concentration Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies from UNC Chapel-Hill. He also maintains a MS in Neuroscience from the University of Miami and a BS in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University.
Dr. Morton identifies as a Scholar-Activist! His research and work focus on identity as it informs the persistence and engagement of racialized and minoritized students in STEM postsecondary education. He draws from critical race theory, phenomenology, and human development to ascertain Black students’ consciousness and how it manifests in their various embodiments and actions that facilitate their STEM postsecondary engagements.
As a scholar-activist, Dr. Morton works to transform the positioning and understanding of Blackness in mainstream education, specifically STEM; seeking justice and joy for Black women, Black students, and other minoritized individuals given the social-cultural-political-historical positioning of their identities. He advocates for identity, justice, and joy to be fundamental for education. He also works to transform STEM learning environments, creating spaces that are recognized and understood as extensions of students’ identity rather than sites of oppression that perpetuate hostility and exclusion.