- MA - Union College, KY
- PhD - Walden University, MN
- MA - Xavier University, LA
- BA - Richard Stockton College, NJ
Upward Bound: An Exploratory Study of Academic Achievement Challenges of Program Participants
Research Areas of Interest:
- African American Leadership; Academic teaching strategies to improve learning, Educational Theory; Academic Achievement Disparity, Poverty Issues, Income Studies, Student Resiliency, and the African American Male.
Benders, D. (2015). Big Giant Monsters. CreateSpace Independent Publishing. ISBN-10:1512132357
Benders, D & Craft, T. (2015). The Effect of Flexible Small Groups on Math
Achievement in First Grade. Network for Online Teacher Journal. 18(1)
Benders, D. (2013). Role of Socioeconomics in Education. International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice. 1(1). 38-44. DOI: 10.13189/ijrh.2013.010107
Benders, D. (2013). Staff Motivation: Critical Analysis to Create Effective Working
Environment. Universal Journal of Management 1(2): 93-96, DOI:10.13189/ujm.2013.010208
Benders, D. (2013). Approach to Effective Practice Strategies in Music. Sports and Art. 1(2). 46-48. DOI: 10.13189/saj.2013.010204
Benders, D., & Jackson, F (2012). Teacher Retention: Nature or Nurture. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. 2(16).
Benders, D. (2012). Exploration of Identity Theory to Explain the Development of Personal Values Individual Issues & Organizational Behavior eJournal 3(2).
Benders, D. (2012). Gender Inequality: African Women’s Cultural Battle for Education and Success. Distributed in Political Behavior: Race, Ethnicity & Identity Politics eJournal. 6(35).
Benders, D. (Fall 2009-10). Parental Influence on Academic Achievement of Students. National Forum Research Journal. (Fall) p 3-10.
Benders, D. (2013). I don’t like School because of the Big Bad Bully. Paper presented at the Kentucky Association for Teacher Education, Florence, KY
Benders, D. (2010) School to Prison Pipeline. . Paper presented at the meeting of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, Dallas, TX
Benders, D., & Offutt, D. (2009, April). The Provocateurs Initiative. Paper presented at the meeting of the HBCU-ETS Conference, Frankfort, KY
Benders, D., (2008, November). Kentucky Negro Education Association (KNEA) Influence on Education in KY Past and Present. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, Atlanta, GA
Benders, D., (2008, November). Influence of Parental Involvement in Academic Achievement of High School Students. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, Nashville, TN.
Benders, D., Dawson-Edwards, C., Grant, P., & Walton, I., (2008, March). The Collateral Consequence of the PIC on African American Community. Paper presented at the meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Science, Cincinnati, OH
Benders, D., (2007, November). Influence of Parental Involvement in Academic Achievement of High School Students. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, Nashville, TN.
2018 to Present - North Central University - Associate Professor
2016 to 2018 - Grand Canyon University - Senior Dissertation Adjunct Faculty
2010 – 2018 - Liberty University - Assistant Professor of Graduate Studies
2009 – 2017 - Union College - Assistant Professor
2006 to 2009 - Kentucky State University - Assistant Professor
2005 to 2006 - Midway College - Director
2002 to 2005 - Loyola University - Program Services Coordinator
2002 to 2002 - Tulane University - Program Services Coordinator
2000 to 2002 - Dillard University - Coordinator of Student Initiatives
Shelby County Public Schools – Cropper High School - Shelbyville, KY - 2012 to 2013 - College/Career Coach (Contractual)
Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY - 2006 to 2009 - Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Research & Field Placement
Midway College, Midway, KY - 2005 to 2006 - Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Loyola University Upward Bound Program - 2002 to 2005 - Assistant Director/Program Services Coordinator
Professional and Academic Membership:
- Member, National Association for Black School Educators
- Member, Higher Education Administration (SHEA)
- Member, Phi Kappa Delta National Association of Higher Education Administrators
- Member, Southern Association of College Educators
- AIR – Association of Institutional Research
- KAIR – Kentucky Association of Institutional Research