William Marcus (Marc) Cutright

Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Director, UNT Higher Education Development Initiative
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Service as a university faculty member is my “third career.” After graduating college, I worked six years as a political campaign manager and organizer. I followed that with 20 years directing public affairs offices for a number of colleges and universities. I earned my Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership in 1999 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and during those studies spent a year at the University of Calgary on a Fulbright Scholarship. Thereafter, I was communications director at a research center at Johns Hopkins University, where I led the successful pursuit of a nearly $800,000 grant for postdoctoral sponsorship, and a research associate with the Policy Center on the First Year of College.

My first tenure-track position was at Ohio University, beginning in 2002. I was awarded tenure and promotion in 2005, and thereafter served two years as Higher Education Program coordinator. I was named the university’s 2006 Class of 1950 Professor of the Year for teaching excellence. 


My wife and I have two grown daughters. Her career and our primary home is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which allows me to undertake the role of Professor in Residence at West Hall at UNT. 


UNT Position: 

Associate Professor of Higher Education & Director of the Center for Higher Education 


Teaching Areas: 

The Professoriate, Academic Administration, International Higher Education, Planning in Higher Education, Writing for Publication 


Research Interests: 

The first year of college, student transitions, organization and governance of higher education, chaos theory and planning


Honors and Awards:

2010 Provost's Award for Extraordinary Professional Service to the University of North Texas for membership on the Charn Uswachoke International Development Fund 



From helicopter parent to valued partner: Shaping the parental relationship for student success. In Barefoot, B.O. (Ed.), The first year and beyond: Rethinking the challenge of collegiate transition.New Directions in Higher Education, No. 144, Winter 2008, pp. 39-48

Cutright, M.



 Examining the evidence: Campus-wide initiatives to improve the first year of college. Columbia, SC: National Resource Center for the First Year of College and Students in Transition.

Troxel, W., and Cutright, M.



Review of the book Leadership in place: How academic professionals can find their leadership voice

Maben, S., & Cutright, M.

Review of Higher Education, 31(1), 147-9.



 A different way to approach the future: Using chaos theory to improve planning. In Sandra Chadwick-Blossey & Douglas Reimondo Robertson (Eds.), To improve the academy: Resources for faculty, instructional, and organizational development, Vol. 24 (pp. 44-61). Bolton, MA

Cutright, M.

Anker Publishing



A consortium project to improve retention and the first year of college: Results and recommendations

Cutright, M.

Journal of College Student Retention, 7(2).