Michael D. Cauthen teaches several courses in African American Studies, including, Introduction to African American Studies, Blacks in American Society, and Theories and Paradigms in African American Studies. He also teaches an African American Studies learning community in the Integrated Studies Lab or ISL Program. He has taught courses in UNCG’s Ashby Residential College, Freshman Seminars, and Foundations for Learning Programs. Mr. Cauthen earned his M.S. degree (1980) and All-but-Dissertation (ABD) in Anthropology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
He has delivered and published numerous papers, locally and nationally, on the race and intelligence debate, race and education, and foundational issues in the philosophy of education. In 1998 he was a co-recipient of a North Carolina Humanities Council grant to produce the play, “Miss Evers’ Boys”—a play about the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. He was a co-recipient of a UNCG 2004/2005 Ashby Dialogues grant that focused on holding “difficult dialogues in the classroom.”
In 2004 Mr. Cauthen was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. He served as president of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (or S.A.P.E.S.) from 2006 to 2008. Cauthen served on the UNCG Provost’s Task Force on Non-Tenured Faculty from 2012-2013; and is the current faculty advisor to the African American Studies Club. He has also chaired and hosted SAPES annual conferences, and UNCG’s CACE conferences (or Conference on African American Culture and Experience).
Mr. Cauthen’s most recent publications include a chapter in Dr. Naurice Wood’s book (2012), Rooted in the Soul, entitled, “Matters of race and place;” a 2010 SAPES Yearbook article, “A Call for a Manhattan-Project Style Attack on Racial Scholastic Achievement Gaps;” and book entitled, The Student-Athlete’s College Recruitment Guide (2009).