Rodney T. Cunningham is a Developmental/Experimental Psychologist. He is currently a tenured associate professor in the Department of Psychology at NCCU. Dr. Cunningham has published articles and book chapters addressing the interface of culture, context, and cognitive functioning; the African-American male rites of passage process; and educational/health psychology. Currently, he is working on an edited volume book and several other publications.
Over the years, Dr. Cunningham has received several awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. He has held academic appointments in the Department of Psychology at Hampton and Coppin State Universities. Since coming to NCCU in the fall of 2005, Dr. Cunningham has received support for his research from the Office of the Provost, and in 2006, he received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in the Department of Psychology. In the spring of 2007, he traveled to the University of Cambridge, UK to share his work at the International Conference on Music and Cognitive-Science. As well, in 2007, the NCCU "Campus Echo" newspaper, recognized him as one of the best overall professors on the North Carolina Central University campus. Here recently, Dr. Cunningham presented a paper alongside the infamous Drs. A. Wade Boykin (Howard University) and Eric Hurley (Pomona College, Ca) at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2013 meeting in San Francisco, CA..
Moreover, Dr. Cunningham continues to be committed to preserving the richness and integrity of the collegiate experience at NCCU. Indeed, to date, much of his efforts and initiatives are directed toward ensuring a 21st century gateway that supports and illuminates the ongoing continuation of "eagles soaring higher."