Robert T. Palmer is currently Interim Chair and associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University. He is also a faculty affiliate for the Center of Minority-Serving Institutions (CMSI) at the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines issues of access, equity, retention, persistence, and the college experience of racial and ethnic minorities, particularly within the context of historically Black colleges and universities. Dr. Palmer’s work has been published in leading journals in higher education, such as The Journal of College Student Development, Teachers College Record, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Negro Education, College Student Affairs Journal, Journal of College Student Retention, The Negro Educational Review, and Journal of Black Studies, among others. Since earning his Ph.D. in 2007, Dr. Palmer has authored/co-authored well over 100 academic publications, including authoring or editing over 20 books. Dr. Palmer was named an ACPA Emerging Scholar in 2012 and an ACPA Senior Scholar in 2017. Furthermore in 2012, he was awarded the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)–Mildred García Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award. In 2015, Diverse Issues in Higher Education recognized Dr. Palmer as an Emerging Scholar. Later that year, he also received the SUNY Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. This prestigious award is normally given to a full professor. Dr. Palmer earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University in 2007, M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis on Higher Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and the B.S. in History at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2001.