Dr. Larry J. Walker is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida, Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education. Previously Dr. Walker served as a lecturer at Loyola University Maryland. In addition, he held a faculty appointment at Howard University. He has nearly a decade of experience working in rural, urban, and suburban school districts. Dr. Walker’s research has three threads including 1) examining the impact leadership and policy decisions have on education and society; 2) investigating the experiences of Black students throughout the education pipeline (PreK-PhD) and 3) analyzing school district, preservice program, and school-based efforts to recruit and retain minoritized teachers. In addition, Dr. Walker has appeared on regional and national television networks discussing his research and written several Op Eds for the Orlando Sentinel among other platforms. Dr. Walker has co-edited two books, authored/co authored several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Further, he served as the Legislative Director for former Congressman Major R. Owens.