College of Education *
College of Education *
Sharon Fries-Britt (CHSE)
Sharon Fries-Britt
Contact Information:
Room: 3112F Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-0186
E-mail: sfries@umd.edu

Sharon Fries-Britt (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park)
Associate Professor, Higher Education; HESI
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE)

Affiliation and Special Appointments:
Director, Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Program (HESI)
Research Associate, National Association for Black Physicists
Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity


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Research Interests | Bio | Honors & Awards | Grants & Projects | Publications |

Research Interests

Minority students, minority high achievers, underrepresented faculty.

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Professional Biography

Sharon Fries-Britt, Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland is the current Director of the Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education (HESI) Program in the department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE). Her research examines the experiences of high achieving Blacks in higher education and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in STEM fields. A secondary line of research examines the experiences of underrepresented faculty in higher education. Dr. Fries-Britt has published widely within peer-reviewed journals and she is on the editorial boards of The Journal of College Student Development, The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and the College Student Affairs Journal. Her research has been funded and supported by the Lumina Foundation and the National Society of Black Physicists. She has consulted extensively with colleges and universities, governmental agencies, and private industry on issues of race, equity and diversity. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Mentoring Award (2011).

Selected Consultancies

2001-Present: Johns Hopkins University (Consultant on Race, Equity and Diversity)

  • Center for Education and Training
  • University Diversity Leadership Council
  • Numerous campus departments

2005-2008: United States Secret Service (Consultant on Race, Equity and Diversity)

2006-Present: Princeton University (Consultant on Race, Equity and Diversity)

  • Office of Human Resources (ongoing)
  • Provost office 2012-2013 Capacity Building for Diversity
  • Residential and Dining Services Training

2008-2010- Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT

  • Provost Office: Initiative for faculty race and diversity.

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Honors & Awards

Faculty Achievement Award, University of Maryland, President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues, 2012.

Mentor of the Year, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 2011

Community Service Award, University of Maryland's, Black Faculty and Staff Association, 2002.

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, 2001.

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Grants & Projects

“Evaluation of Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Bridge to the Doctorate in STEM.” Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering, University of Maryland, 2010-2011, (Evaluator), Awarded $10,000.

“Study of Race Equity and Diversity in 19 Southern and Border States.” Lumina Foundation for Education, 2004-2006, (Co-PI), Awarded $323,800.

Grant sub-contracted as part of “Broadening Participant in Physics: Fall Regional Meetings and Spring Annual Conferences of the National Society of Black Physicists.” DMR-0400699, 2004-2006, (PI), Awarded $25,000.

“Evaluation of Civil Rights Summer Internship Program.” Harvard Civil Rights Project, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights, 2001-2003, (Co-PI), Awarded $4,000.

Recipient of Diversity Initiative Faculty Support Award. Sponsored by the Office of Human Relations, University of Maryland, College Park, 2001-2001, Awarded course release equivalent to 10% of salary.

“Gifted and Talented Black Students.” Graduate School, University of Maryland, 1996-1996, (PI), Awarded $26,000.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Fries-Britt, S. L., George Mwangi, C. A., & Peralta, A. (2014). Learning race in a U.S. context: An emergent framework on the perceptions of race among foreign-born students of color. (1), 1-13.

Fries-Britt, S. L., Villarreal, R. C., Elías McAllister, D., & Blacknall, T. (2012). K-12 teachers: Important bridges to success for African-American students. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 18(4).

Fries-Britt, S. L., Villarreal, R. C., Elias McAllister, D., & Blacknall, T. (2012). K-12 teachers: Important bridges to success for African-American students. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 18(4).

Fries-Britt, S. L., Rowan-Kenyon, H. T., Perna, L. W., Milem, J. F., & Howard, D. G. (2011). Underrepresentation in the Academy and the Institutional Climate for Faculty Diversity. Journal of the Professoriate, 5(1), 1-34.

Fries-Britt, S. L., Younger, T. K. & Hall, W. D. (2010). Lessons from high-achieving students of color in physics. New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010(148), 75-83.

Perna, L. W., Fries-Britt, S. L., Gerald, D. S., Rowan-Kenyon, H. T., & Milem, J. F. (2008). Underrepresentatation in the academy: A study of race equity in three southern states. Journal of the Professoriate, 3(1), 5-28. 

Fries-Britt, S. L. (2008). Advising through a Wave of Change. NACADA Journal, 28(1), 3-7.

Fries-Britt, S. L. & Griffin, K. (2007). The black box: How high achieving Blacks resist stereotypes about Black Americans, Journal of College Student Development, 48(5) 509-524.

Fries-Britt, S. L. & Kelly, B. T. (2005). Retaining each other: Narratives of two African American women in the academy. The Urban Review, 37(3), 221-242.

Book Chapters

Fries-Britt, S. L., Burt, B., & Johnson, J. M. (2013). Black students in physics. The intersection of academic ability, race, gender and class. In T. L. Strayhorn (Ed.), Living at the intersections: Social identities and Black collegians. New York: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Fries-Britt, S. L., Burt, B., & Franklin, K. (2012). Black males majoring in physics: How HBCUs are making a difference. In R. T. Palmer & J. L. Wood (Eds.), Black men in Black Colleges: Implications for diversity, recruitment, support, and retention (pp. 71-88). New York: Routledge Press.

Fries-Britt, S. L. & Holmes, K. M. (2012). Prepared and progressing: Black women in physics. In C. R. Chambers & R. V Sharpe (Eds.), Black female undergraduates on campus: Successes and challenges (pp. 199-218). United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Fries-Britt, S. L., Younger, T., & Hall, W. (2010). Underrepresented minorities in physics: How perceptions of race and campus climate affect student outcomes. In T. Elon Dancy (Ed.), Managing diversity: (Re)Visioning equity on college campuses (pp. 181-198). New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

Selected Invited Talks

Fries-Britt, S.L. (2013). Studying Students in the 21st Century: Enhancing the success of diverse students. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Fries-Britt, S.L., Stanley, C.S and Stevenson, M.R. (2013). Translating Diversity Scholarship into Diversity Practice, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) 7th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Fries-Britt, S. L. (2012). Blurring the lines: Focusing together on student transformation. Keynote address at the annual meeting of NASPA Region IV-East, Madison, WI.

Fries-Britt, S. L. (2012). Faculty diversity training workshop. Invited keynote and facilitation for faculty and professional staff engaged with minority science students at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MD.

Fries-Britt, S. L. (2010). High achieving minority students managing multiple identities. Keynote address at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA.

Fries-Britt, S. L. (2009). High achieving minority students. Keynote address at Rutgers University Division of Student Affairs, New Brunswick, NJ.

Fries-Britt, S. L. (2007). Keynote address at the annual meeting of the National Association for Academic Advising, Baltimore, MD.

Fries-Britt, S. L. (2007). Keynote address National meeting of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network, Pittsburgh, PA.

Fries-Britt, S. L. (2006). Race, equity and diversity in the workplace, Invited Talk for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC.

Fries-Britt, S. L. (2005). Ambassadors for diversity, Invited Talk for the Center for National and Community Service, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC.

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