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    Dr. Erik Morales
    Associate Professor 

    Email: emorales2@njcu.edu 
    Phone: (201) 200-2428 
    Office: Professional Studies Building, 329C
    Specializations: General Methods, Urban Education, At-Risk Students, Academic Resilience, Educational Research



    Ph.D. Higher Education, New York University
    M.Ed. Education Administration, William Paterson University
    B.S. English Education, New York University


    Dr. Erik E. Morales is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education at New Jersey City University, in Jersey City, NJ. He has been at NJCU since 2005, and came from Pace University where he served as Assistant Dean of the Pace University College of Education. He received his B.S. in English Education and his Ph.D. in Higher Education from New York University, as well as his M.Ed. in Education Administration from William Paterson University.

    He has published more than fifteen articles in scholarly journals, including “Legitimizing hope: An Exploration of Mentoring for Dominican American Male College Students, Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice, Vol. 11(3), 385-406 and “Academic Resilience in Retrospect: Following up a Decade Later, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 7(3), 228-248; as well as two books on academic resilience: Promoting Academic Resilience in Multicultural America (Peter Lang Press, 2004), and A Focus on Hope: Fifty Resilient Students Speak (University Press of America, 2011). He is currently contracted to publish his most recent book, How to be a Rubber Band: A Formula for Living Resilience Every Day. He has presented at a multitude of conferences and professional development gatherings nationwide, and is a noted national expert on academic resilience.

    Currently at NJCU, Dr. Morales is involved in multiple areas of service. Highlights include: Assistant Chair, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Co-Chair College of Education Writing Assessment Committee; Program Coordinator, NJCU/EDU Communiversity at Wall; Program Coordinator, Elementary and Secondary Education Graduate Programs; Member: University Committee of Assessment of Student Learning (UCASL); Member: NJCU Graduate Council; Member: MLK Scholarship Committee; Member: Vision 2015 & Beyond:  University Strategic Planning Steering Committee; Proyecto Science: Teacher/ Trainer; Research Consultant/Trainer NJCU CAS Peer Undergraduate Mentoring Program (PUMP).

    Selected Publications

    Morales, E. E. & Trotman, F. K. (2011). A focus on hope: Fifty resilient students speak. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

    Morales, E. E. (2010). Legitimizing hope: An exploration of mentoring for Dominican American male college students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice, Vol. 11(3), 385-406.

    Morales, E. E. (2008). Academic resilience in retrospect: Following up a decade later. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 7(3), 228-248.

    Morales, E. E. (2004). Promoting academic resilience in multicultural America. New York, NY: Peter Lang Press.