​Dr. Ronald E. Speight

Dr. Speight has a passion for teaching, mentoring, and working with young people.


Dr. Ronald E. Speight grew up and attended the public schools in Snow Hill, North Carolina, located near Rocky Mount. He received the bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina Central University in Durham and the Ph.D.from Kansas State University. He has done additional studies at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Speight's professional career spans more than 35 years beginning as a substitute teacher in the public schools of Durham, North Carolina, and as an educator/administrator at North Carolina Central University, South Carolina State University, Kansas State University and Claflin University where he presently serves as the Interim Coordinator of the M.Ed. program in Curriculum and Instruction and Visiting Associate Professor of Education.

Dr. Speight has a passion for teaching, mentoring, and working with young people. To that end, he has served as a mentor for elementary, middle school and college-level African American males, and is a former advisor for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and coordinator for the Call Me MISTER program at South Carolina State University.


  • B.A., Art (Visual Communications), North Carolina Central University, 1971
  • M.A., Educational Media and Technology, North Carolina Central University, 1974
  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University, 1994

Research Interests

  • The important role of mentoring
  • The education, welfare and well-being of the African American male
  • Culturally relevant instruction

Activities and Honors

  • 2007 Professor of the Year for South Carolina State University
  • 2004 Alumni Brother of the Year for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

    Dr. Speight
    ​Dr. Ronald E. Speight
    Visiting Associate Professor of Education & Interim Coordinator, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction
    • School of Education
    Bowen Hall, 139