Donald Comi, EdD

Part-Time Professor, School of Education

Areas of Expertise:

  • ​Higher Education
  • Math Education (Secondary)
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Statistics
  • Leadership


  • ​EdD Higher Education: Concordia University 2017
  • MAS Applied Aerospace Technology: Embry Riddle University 1994
  • BS Engineering, USAF Academy 1985


  • ​Freshmen Perspective of Institutional Engagement Strategies.
  • 2017:  Concordia University, Portland, OR. Dissertation link

Research Areas of Interest:

  • ​Adolescent and young adult education.
  • Transitions to new learning environments.
  • Leadership Challenges in Education

Certifications and /or licenses:

  • ​National BOard Certified: adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics
  • Professional CErtification Secondary Mathematics.

Select Publications:

  • Comi, D. J. (2020). The Inconvenient Truth About Institutional Engagement: A Qualitative Look at Freshmen Perceptions. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal3(1), 51-73. Retrieved from RAISE Journal Vol 3/1
  • "First Year Engagement: The Transition to University." iManager's Journal on Educational Psychology (May/July) 2019. 54-66. DOI:10.26634/jpsy.13.1.15847. JPSY Link

Select Professional Experience:

  • Asst Professor of Education (2015-2020)
  • Math Department Chair Secondary education (2005-2015)
  • Director Long-Range Planning & Programming/Chief XP: 92 ARW, Fairchild AFB, WA   (2003-2005)
  • Director of Operations 92 OSS, 92 ARW, Fairchild AFB, WA   (2000-2003)
  • Air Operations Staff Officer HQ US European Command: Stuttgart, Ge. (1997-2000)