Matthew Cowley

Associate Vice Provost for Career and Professional Development, Virginia Tech • CCWT Affiliate

Dr. Matthew Paul Cowley began his career in higher education and career services at Auburn University, working as a graduate assistant in the College of Business’s Office of Professional and Career Development. Since then, Matthew has been privileged to serve in several position in the University of Florida’s Career Connections Center and, most recently, in Old Dominion University’s Career Deveoplment Services unit. Matthew is driven by the opportunity to provide positive postsecondary outcomes for all students with a focus on producing equity and justice, developing strategic partnerships, and executing innovative initiatives.

Matthew earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida with specializations in Social Foundations of Education and Critical Studies of Race, Ethnicity & Culture in Education. His research interests concern career outcomes for Black and other underrepresented students and the ways in which university systems and practices intersect and impact student career outcomes.

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Recent Publications

Cowley, M. P. (2023). A Critical Race Phenomenographic Study of Students’ Conceptions of an Antiracist Professional Identity (Order No. 30314261). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2829333471).

Recent Presentations

Cowley, M.P. (2023, December). Doing the Work: Students’ Conceptions of an Antiracist Professional Identity [Presentation]. Southern Association of Colleges & Employers Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.