Dr. Cliff Poole

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Monday: 4:30-5:30 p.m. (by appointment)
Wednesday: 4:30-5:30 p.m. (by appointment)

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Ed.D, Educational Leadership, Appalachian State University
Ed.S, Higher Education Administration, Appalachian State University
MDIV, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
BS, Public Administration, Political Science, Appalachian State University
Advanced Certification, Adult/ Developmental Education, The Kellogg Institute
Graduate Certificate, Online Learning, and Professional Development, Appalachian State University
Graduate Certificate, New Media Literacy, and Global Perspectives, Appalachian State University


Currently Teaching (Spring 2024)

COM 2101 Public Speaking

Courses Taught

COM 2101 Public Speaking
FDN 2400 
UCO 1200

Research Interests

Educational equity, Disability as an educational catalyst, Utilizing elements of Black spirituality's ancient wisdom, community sustenance, resiliency, prophetic voice in counter-narrative, and critical love as instructive forces in higher education, and critical thinking and practice in media literacy and utilization of digital technologies as leverages toward equity in inclusion and diverse learning and expression in higher education.


  • Poole, C. O. (2021). The Caged Bird Still Sings: A phenomenological inquiry into the sustaining elements of a Black spirituality as manifest in the leadership lives of Black faculty and staff at public predominantly white institutions. (Dissertation)
  • Poole, C.O. (in process): Critical Love: Combative/Resilient Black Spirituality as a Substantive Educational Tool to Enhance Engagement and Academic Success of Black College Students at Predominantly White Institutions. (both an article and a course in development)
  • Poole, C.O. (2021). The Caged Bird Still Sings: A short documentary of critical love, life, and resilience in education.

Recent Awards

  • Student Support Award - Appalachian State University - 2016-2019
  • Speaker and Performer - 2021 Doctoral Hooding - Appalachian State University

Title: Adjunct, Public Speaking
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7129

Office address
East Hall