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Nicole A. Corley, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Email: ncorley@vcu.edu

Phone: (804) 827-1626

Ph.D., University of Georgia
M.S.W., Georgia State University
B.S.W., Georgia State University

Nicole Corley, Ph.D., joined the faculty at the VCU School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor in August 2017. Her work is primarily focused on centering and honoring the taken-for-granted knowledges of Black students and Black “single” mothers. Using qualitative research methods, her work explores resourcefulness, resistance, and the impact of racial socialization to better understand the academic experiences of Black students and their families. By amplifying their voices and perspectives, her scholarship endeavors to help disrupt the racialized, deficit-informed misorientations that focus adverse outcomes toward an acknowledgment of their assets, strengths, and capabilities.

By challenging dominant assumptions that have misrepresented the experiences of Black students and mothers, Corley hopes her work and teaching has both a liberatory and transformative impact. Within the field of social work, specifically, her goal is to contribute to the development of more culturally-informed and culturally-responsive interventions and practice methods that address systemic inequities impacting Black student achievement and Black family wellbeing, overall.

Corley also uses arts-based research methods in her work as a holistic approach to inquiry and as a system of tools to bring awareness to the conditions creating and perpetuating oppression, and as a strategy to promote social change.


Selected publications

Corley, N.A. (2019) Exploring poetry as method: “Representing faithfully” the narratives of African American high school students and their mothersQualitative Social Work.

Corley, N. A., Reeves, P., & Odera, S. G. (2019) “That’s just who I am”: African American high school seniors and their mothers’ perspectives on academic successChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal. 

Corley, N. A. & Young, S. M. (2018) Is social work still racist?: An updated content analysis. Social Work 63(4), 317–326.


Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Social Work
Academic Learning Commons
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Box 842027
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2027

Phone: (804) 828-1030
Fax: (804) 828-0716
Email: sswinfo@vcu.edu
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