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Needham Yancey Gulley, Ph.D.

Needham Yancey Gulley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, LEAD Minor

College of Education and Allied Professions

Human Services

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3372
Office: G22C McKee Building
Personal Website:
Pronouns: He / Him / His


Dr. Yancey Gulley spent 15 years as a college administrator (primarily in the two-year college settings) prior to moving into a faculty role. Most of his professional administrative career was in the area of student affairs. He has worked administratively at several institutions, including: Louisburg College, North Carolina State University, Long Beach City College, University of Georgia, and Athens Technical College. While Dr. Gulley has taught courses at the University of Georgia in Student Affairs, his first full-time faculty appointment was at Morgan State University where he taught in the Community College Leadership program.<br><br>Dr. Gulley has a long history of advocating for social justice within the educational context through his scholarship, teaching, publications, presentations, trainings, and volunteer endeavors. He has most recently completed a research project focused on the nature of collaboration between academic and student affairs units in the community college setting. Past research endeavors not only contributed the scholarly conversation in higher education and student affairs have led to changes in the academy, including the opening of the LGBT Resource Center at North Carolina State University. Currently, he is researching the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community college students. He has one edited book published and currently has a second edited book proposal in review with a publisher. His scholarship has been published in a range of peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. He has presented his scholarship locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. He also enjoys spending time with his husband, Corey, and dog, Sedgwick.


  • Ph D, University of Georgia, College Student Affairs Administration
  • MED, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Higher Education Administration
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Communication Studies
  • AA, Louisburg College, General Studies

Teaching Interests

Dr. Yancey Gulley's teaching interests revolve around several topics within the scope of higher education. He has a passion for social justice and diversity topics and often teaches courses in this area. Likewise, he enjoys developing and engaging with assessment and facilitates learning opportunities on this topic. Given his vast history working in the two-year college setting, he also teaches courses about various aspects of community colleges.

Research Interests

Dr. Yancey Gulley focuses on three primary areas of research. The first area has to to with social justice and diversity in the context of higher education. Within this are, he not only looks at students and their experiences but those of faculty/staff, as well. A second area of interest is community colleges and the various ways that these institutions impact the larger context of higher education. The third area in which Dr. Gulley researches and writes is around assessment.

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