Pierre, Darren

Title/s:  Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Identity Development; Student Engagement in Co-curricular Programs

Office #:  Lewis Towers 1148, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6104


CV Link: Pierre CV


Dr. Darren Pierre is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Pierre’s teaching is focused on college student development, student affairs profession, and leadership within higher education. He carries years of experience as a university administrator, a leader within the field of higher education, and a contributor to many entity groups affiliated with higher education.

Dr. Pierre has authored journal articles, and in 2015, authored the book, The Invitation to Love: Recognizing the Gift Despite Pain, Fear, and Resistance.  He has spoken nationally on the ideals of leadership, integrity, and authenticity.

Dr. Pierre's work, scholarship, and service are guided by the Dr. Maya Angelou quote, “the ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”


  • PhD, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • MA University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • BS, Wingate University, Wingate, NC

Program Areas

  • Higher Education

Research Interests

  • Identity development and its connection to student engagement in co-curricular programs
  • Preparing socially just college educators

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Courses Taught

  • ELPS 419 Leadership in Higher Education
  • ELPS 425 Student Affairs Profession in Higher Education
  • ELPS 433 Student Development in Higher Education

Selected Publications

  • Dunn, M., Glassman, D., Garrett, J., Badaszewski, P., Jones, G., Pierre, D., Fresk, K., Young, D., Hughes, L., (2015).  Faith and sexual orientation identity development in gay college men. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 52(4), 374-386