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Dr. Keith Dwight Parker


Dr. Keith Dwight Parker has a distinguished career as a university teacher and administrator that spans approximately 26 years.  He is Professor of Sociology and former Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity at the University of Georgia-Athens.  As Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity and a member of the President’s senior staff, he was responsible for leading a focused institutional effort to evaluate existing programs and develop new initiatives to support diversity and equity.


Before moving to the Athens, Georgia (the University of Georgia) in July 2003, he devoted 14 years of service to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He held the positions of Associate Professor of Sociology (1995-2003); Assistant and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (1997-2002); Assistant Professor of Sociology (1989-1994).  Keith also served as Director of African American and African Studies (1993-1998).  In addition, he served on many departmental and university-wide committees. 

As a resident of Lincoln, Keith was involved in civic and religious organizations.  He was active in the NAACP where, for a while, he served as First Vice President; he served on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army; he served as Chair of the MLK Freedom Breakfast Planning Committee; he was a member of the Antelope Valley Investment Study Team; he was a member of the Nebraska Partners in Prevention Advisory Committee (Keith was involved in too many community activities to name).  He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church. 

Before going to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall of 1989, Dr. Parker worked as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama (1986-1989), and Assistant to the Dean of Students at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi (1979-1982).



Keith and Emery, the proud parents of Narroly and Malcolm Parker, celebrated their thirty-year wedding anniversary last year.  He is an active member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church-West in Athens, GA.  Keith loves reading, music and the theater.  If asked his philosophy of life, he will say, "Giving is better than receiving and if we all give, everyone wins!"



He was educated at Neshoba Central High School in Philadelphia, Mississippi; East Central Community College, Decatur, Mississippi; Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology.  He later earned a Master's degree in Sociology at Mississippi State University (1982) and a Ph.D. in Sociology at Mississippi State University (1986).



                                                 Professional/Academic Activities 

Keith is the author of many articles.  His most recent works focus on educational aspirations, new civil rights issues, health and wellness, and the sociology of education. He is presently working to build an Annual National Civil Rights Conference and working on his first book:  Character Matters!


Keith is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who Among African Americans, Outstanding Young Men of America, and 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century.  He serves on numerous committees of professional associations and as a reviewer for professional journals.


Dr. Keith Dwight Parker, known for his dynamic and gentle-giant leadership skills, is highly sought after as a lecturer and diversity facilitator. He is the recipient of many awards.  For example, in 2008 he was listed among Cambridge Who’s Who among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs; in 2006 he was presented the Ladies of Elegance Organization, Citizenship Award for Outstanding Contributions and Volunteer Services, Cleveland, MS; in 2003 he was presented the NAACP-Lincoln Chapter, Lenora Letcher Community Service Award, Lincoln, NE; in 2002       he was listed among Who’s Who in America; in 1998 he was presented the First Annual Chancellor's University of Nebraska-Lincoln "Fulfilling the Dream" Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE; just to mention a few!






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