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Antonio Ellis

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences

Degree Program Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Antonio L. Ellis is a contributing faculty member in the Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. He teaches doctoral level dissertation courses in the educational administration and leadership program. Dr. Ellis received his doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies from Howard University. He holds additional academic degrees in educational administration, theological studies, and special education and human development. Dr. Ellis is a recipient of the prestigious distinguished alumni award from the Howard University School of Education due to his award-winning scholarly contributions to the field of education. To this extent, he has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and expert opinion commentaries. In 2016 Dr. Ellis published a book titled “Ed.D. Programs as Incubators for Social Justice Leadership”, and in 2017 he released a book titled “Transitioning Children with Disabilities: From Early Childhood through Adulthood”. He has served as an inclusion teacher, central office administrator, and school building administrator with the District of Columbia Public Schools. In addition to his work in K-12 settings, Dr. Ellis served as an adjunct professor in the College of Charleston Teacher Education Department and the Howard University School of Education Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. His passion is advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities, with a special emphasis on African American males who are speech impaired. Dr. Ellis’ research interests include social equity, pastoral care, pastoral ethics, educational leadership, multicultural education, critical race theory, and special education.


BA, Benedict College and Florida A&M University (dual degree)

MA, Howard University School of Divinity

MEd, Howard University School of Education

MA, The George Washington University Graduate School of Education

EdD, Howard University School of Education

Awards / Honors

Distinguished Alumni Award , Howard University School of Education , 2013


Ellis, A. L. (2019). A Qualitative Analysis: Black Male Perceptions of Retention Initiatives at a Rural Predominately White Institution. Journal of Educational Foundations.

Ellis, A. L. (2017). Continuing HBCUs’ Historical Commitment to Personnel Preparation: Preparing Transition Professionals to Serve Students of Color with Disabilities. Perspectives of Urban Education Journal.

Ellis, A. L. (2016). Ed.D. Programs as Incubators for Social Justice Leadership.

Ellis, A. L. (2019). Leveraging Empirical Research: Storytelling Among Black Educational Leaders.

Ellis, A. L. (2018). Personnel Preparation in Transition Education: A High Need for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Ellis, A. L. (2019). Stony the Road We Trod: Black Males Share Lived Experiences with Police Brutality.

Ellis, A. L. (2017). Struggling in Silence: A Qualitative Study of Six African American Male Stutterers in Educational Settings. Journal of Educational Foundations .