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Nicholas Hartlep
Dr. Nicholas D. Hartlep
Education Studies Department Chair; Robert Charles Billings Chair in Education|Education Studies
Dr. Nicholas D. Hartlep
Office Location
Knapp Hall, 104B
Office Hours
  • Tues/Thur: noon – 1:00 p.m. Virtual By appointment at
  • Virtual By appointment at
Class Schedules
  • EDS 150 A (Tue/Thur: 1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.)
  • EDS 150 B (Tue/Thur: 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.)
  • EDS 150 A
  • EDS 150 B

Nicholas D. Hartlep (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) is the Robert Charles Billings Endowed Chair in Education at Berea College where he Chairs the Department of Education Studies. Before coming to Berea College Dr. Hartlep Chaired the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Metropolitan State University, an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) in St. Paul, Minnesota. While there he also served as the Graduate Program Coordinator. Dr. Hartlep has published 22 books, the most recent being (2019) What Makes a Star Teacher? Seven Dispositions that Encourage Student Learning which was published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. His book The Neoliberal Agenda and the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education, with Lucille L. T. Eckrich and Brandon O. Hensley (2017) was named an Outstanding Book by the Society of Professors of Education. In 2018, the Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) granted Dr. Hartlep the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement Award. In 2017, Metropolitan State University presented him with both the 2017 Community Engaged Scholarship Award and the President’s Circle of Engagement Award. In 2016, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee presented him with a Graduate of the Last Decade Award for his prolific writing. In 2015, he received the University Research Initiative Award from Illinois State University and a Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Winona State University. Follow his work on Twitter at @nhartlep or at his website,

  • Ph.D. Urban Education (Social Foundations of Education), University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (2012)
  • M.S. K–12 Education, Winona State University (2008)
  • B.S. Elementary Education (Middle School Mathematics), Winona State University (2006)
Publications & Works
  • Hartlep, N. D., Suda, D., Wells, K. E., Robershaw, K., & Williams, S. (In Press). Identity development in transracially adopted Asian/American college/university students. Adoption Quarterly.

    Hartlep, N. D., & Freeman, S. (2022). Charting your path to endowed or distinguished: A guide for mid-career faculty members. New Directions for Higher Education. Link:

    Kerns, K., Ardley, J., Goodloe, A., Courtington, D., Hartlep, N. D., & Wheeler, W. (2022). Examining white privilege in education: Strategic discourse for educational change. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1–6. Link:

    Ardley, J., Wheeler, W., Goodloe, A., Kerns, K., Hartlep, N., & Courington, D. (2023). Emergent themes from the 2020 KDP Diversity Summit: Teacher educators’ awareness of factors that support and retain prospective teachers of color. The Educational Forum, 1–20. Link:

    Goodloe, A., Wheeler, W., Ardley, J., Kerns, K., Hartlep, N. D., & Courington, D. (2022). The “awakening dragon”: Addressing policies and procedures. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 58(2), 82–86. Link:

    Hartlep, N. D., Ball, D., & Wells, K. (2020). An exploratory analysis of Scripps Spelling Bee Winners, 1925–2019: Is there evidence of Asian/American
    overrepresentation? Journal of Minority Achievement, Creativity, and Leadership, 1(2), 248–273. Link: