Kirk Kirkwood, Ed.D


Senior Director of College Success

Kirk Kirkwood leads the Black College Success Initiative, ensuring Black students attending SLATE-Z+ Schools are prepared for, admitted to, and graduate from accredited 4-year colleges and universities.

Kirkwood previously served as the Regional Director of CalStateTEACH, recruiting and enrolling the largest cohort of Black Males teaching credential candidates (statewide). Prior to CalStateTEACH, Kirk served as the Vice President of Educational Services for College Bound. During his tenure, he developed the STEM Enrichment Academy, funded by the WM Keck Foundation, Toyota Motor Corporation, Southern California Edison, and the Weingart Foundation (among others).  In 2020-21, the CSU Office of the Chancellor funded Kirk’s Math Literacy Project, a Professional Development tool for K-12 Teachers. 

Kirkwood earned a Doctorate in P-12 Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton. His dissertation title is Algebra matters: An ethnographic study of successful African American male Algebra 1 students in a suburban middle school. He also earned a Master of Arts in Theology at Fuller Seminary, an MA in Education from Claremont Graduate University (Multiple Subject and Single Subject Credentials), and a Bachelor of Arts from UC Riverside.

Kirkwood is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, In.  When it comes to his book collection, two novels by female authors are his favorite: Isabella Wilkerson’s, Warmth of Other Suns and Octavia Butler’s, Kindred.