Candace M. Moore, Ph. D., (she/her), Associate Clinical Professor and the Harold R. W. Benjamin Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, International Education Policy (HESI) program within the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park. She received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award from the U.S. Department of State to study in Ghana during the 2021-2022 academic year. She earned her Ph. D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Dr. Moore is affiliated with the UMD College of Education’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (CDIHE) where she served as the inaugural director from 2017-2021. This research and consultation center provides expertise to universities across the country and worldwide on issues related to diversity, inclusion and social justice in higher education. Prior to joining UMD, she served as a student affairs administrator at various universities in functional areas such as residence life, campus life, student conduct, and adult education before joining the faculty at University of Georgia. While there, she was a part of the College Student Affairs Administration program in the College of Education and served as the inaugural program coordinator and co-developer of the Student Affairs Leadership Ed. D. program.

Dr. Moore’s scholarship promotes inclusive campus environments and fostering international collaboration in higher education. Her research interests include understanding Black and LGBTQ student identities, contingent faculty development in higher education, supporting student success at historically Black colleges and universities, and exploring culturally conscious pedagogy and practice in higher education. Her international endeavors have resulted in ongoing international partnerships and study abroad efforts in West Africa. With colleagues from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Dr. Moore co-developed both a hybrid international, cross-cultural graduate course on student affairs practice and a short-term study abroad program that explores student affairs practices in higher education in Ghana. The hybrid course is co-taught with faculty at the University of Cape Coast and students work in cross-cultural teams to study student affairs practices in an international higher education context. Targeted toward graduate students and student affairs professionals and faculty, Dr. Moore’s short-term, study abroad program and most recent scholarship centers decolonizing pedagogical practices, while expanding practice beyond Western ideals of social justice education. The study abroad program was recognized with the American College Personnel Association’s Outstanding International Education Initiative Award in 2019.

Throughout her career, she has presented and published her research on the local, state, regional, national and international levels. In May 2020, she served as a co-lead on a policy webinar, sponsored by the Association of African Universities (AAU), regarding African higher education’s response to COVID-19. She is a 2021 recipient of the University of Maryland, Provost’s Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in Service. In 2022, she received the Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from the University of Maryland's Graduate School. Currently, she serves as consulting editor with the Journal of Educational Management—an extension of the Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) at the University of Cape Coast in Cape Coast, Ghana. She recently served as the 2022-2024 Faculty Director for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Faculty Council and a board member for the NASPA Board of Directors. 

She is thrilled to be a member of the thriving scholar-practitioner community at UMD and is committed to advancing a social justice agenda in education and practice.

Fulbright Scholar, Ghana, U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 2021-2022

University of Maryland, The Graduate School, Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award, recipient, 2022

University of Maryland, Provost’s Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty—Service, recipient, 2021

American College Personnel Association Conference (ACPA) Foundation, Diamond Honoree, Class of 2021

University of Georgia, Mary Frances Early College of Education, Mid-Career Practitioner Dinstinguished Alumni Award, recipient, 2021

American College Personnel Association Conference (ACPA)’s Commission of Global Dimensions of  Student Development’s Outstanding International Education Award, co-recipient, 2019 

National Association of Student Personnel Administrator (NASPA) Region III Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award, recipient, 2016

University of Georgia, Multicultural Programs and Services, The Leslie K. Bates Medal of Excellence, recipient, 2014

Selected pieces:

Moore, C. M., Martin, J. A., Boakye-Yiadom, M. &, Mensah, E.K. (Eds). (October 2023). Higher Education in the Ghanaian Context (HEGC!) Report: Call for Graduate Education in Student Affairs & Higher Education in Ghana. Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC): Tertiary Education Series, 10(1), 1-43. ISSN:2026-6588. 

Kaler-Jones, C., Briscoe, K., Moore, C. M. & Ford, J.R. (2022). Yes, Teaching and Pedagogical Practices Matter: Graduate Students’ of Color Stories in Hybrid Higher Education/Student Affairs (HESA) Graduate Programs. The Urban Review, 1-20.

Briscoe, K., Moore, C. M. Kaler-Jones, C. & Ford, J.R. (2022). “We Don’t Feel like we Belong”: Graduate Students’ of Color Racialized Experiences in Hybrid HESA Graduate Programs. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 8(2), 78-114.

Jones Boss, G. M., Porter, C. J., Davis, T. J., & Moore, C. M. (2021). Who Cares?: (Re)visioning Labor Justice for Black Women Contingent Faculty. Journal of African American Women and Girls in Education, 1(1). doi: 10.21423/jaawge-v1i1a19.

Martin, J., Moore, C., Foley, A., & McDermid, K. (2021). Culturally Conscious Assessment as Pedagogy in Study Abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 33(1), 168-186.

Moore, C. M., Martin, J. A., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Stone, J., & Lanahan, M. (2020). Harvesting Culturally Conscious Knowledge in a Post-Truth Era: Ghanaian and American Higher Education Collaborations. Ghana Journal of Higher Education. 7, 28-49. ISSN: 2343-6948.

Porter, C. J., Moore, C. M., Jones Boss, G. M., Davis, T. J., & Louis, D. A. (2020). Young, gifted, Black, and contingent: Narratives of four women faculty in Higher Education/Student Affairs (HESA). The Journal of Higher Education. 91(5), 674-697.

Moore, C.M., Nefos-Webb, S., Smith, C.V., Lacy, M., & Martin, T. (2018). Telling a story of student success at HBCUs:  Barriers for researchers at a PWI. In S. Davis & W. Kimbrough (Eds). Models of Success: How historically Black Colleges and Universities survive the economic recession, (pp. 21-33). Charlotte, NC:  Information Age. ISBN: 978-1-68123-991-0.



Dr. Moore served as the inagural Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (CDIHE) 2017-2021. The Center is situated in the Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education department of the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. This newly formed research and outreach center will become the national center for professional standards in the field and be a source for consultation and guidance for universities across the country and abroad on critical issues related to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The center is committed to engaging with a wealth of diverse communities, federal government agencies, higher education institutions, and international partners to set an ambitious agenda for the development and distribution of research and scholarship on diversity and inclusion issues in higher education.