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Gilman W. Whiting

Professor Whiting's areas of research include educational disparity; special and gifted education; sociology of race, sports, and American culture; research methods, and fatherhood initiatives. A few courses taught by Whiting are; Black Issues in Education, Capoeira, Life and times of Muhammad Ali, Black Masculinity, and American Patriots: Blacks in the Military. Whiting has authored more than 50 scholarly articles in journals such as the Roeper Review, Journal for Secondary Gifted Education, and The International Journal of Sport and Society, and numerous book chapters.

In 2006 Whiting re-conceptualized his dissertation on young Black and Brown fathers and created the Scholar Identity Model™, a psycho-social model to assist whole communities re-conceptualize ways to combat academic apathy. He consults with school dozens of school districts, and programs nationally. In 2011 took his Scholar Identity Model internationally. working for several years in India, Belize, and Brazil.  He is also the founding chair of the Achievement Gap Institute for the George W. Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt. a weeklong workshop that connects teachers, administrators, and program coordinators with researchers from across the country on research and best practices related to reducing underachievement. 

Representative publications

  1. The Scholar Identity Model: Black Male Success in the K-12 Context. (2017). Building on Resilience: Models and frameworks of Black male success across the P-20 pipeline. Fred A. Bonner II (Ed.).

  2. Traveling with Marion: The rise, fall, and redemption of Marion Jones. The International Journal of Sport & Society 3. (2013)

  3. Gifted Black Males: Understanding and Decreasing Barriers to Achievement and Identity. Roeper Review 31(4): 224-237. (2009)