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I am inviting you to be a participant in an online study which investigates the linkages, if any, that exist between Black menís constructions of what it means to be a man and their spiritual/religious affiliations. It is my belief that a clearer understanding of this relationship will provide useful data of the efficacy of the religious community in responding to this social crisis.

If you are an African American Male age 18 and above who would be willing to participate in this study, click on the link below to access the survey:

 Click Here to take survey

I would greatly appreciate your participation in this survey which will take a few minutes of your time. Please note that all responses will be anonymous as the survey is being administered through an independent software provider. I look forward to your participation.


Kathy-ann C. Hernandez,  Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Eastern University
Telephone: 215-753-9084


Aristotle has said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit."  I firmly believe that we are called upon to live a life of excellent service to God and our fellowmen. The pursuit of excellence should be our life calling -- this pursuit is our muscle builder; it develops character and forces us to press ever onward towards our highest potential.                                                                                                                                 
athy-ann Hernandez, Ph.D.


 Dr. Kathy-ann Hernandez, Associate Professor of education at Eastern University, has several years of experience teaching diverse student populations at all levels. She has taught in her native country of Trinidad and Tobago, the British Virgin Islands, and for the Russell-Conwell Center at Temple University. She is also an educational researcher, having worked at Temple University as a Research Assistant/Associate for the College of Education and the Center for Research in Human Development and Education (CRHDE).

Kathy-ann has also participated in several professional conferences. In 2002, she collaborated with colleagues to create a research proposal and conduct a symposium on Achieving African American Male Success at Temple University.  In 2003, she was a Temple University team member presenting on The Philadelphia Experiment: State Takeover and Privatization of Urban Public Schools at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference.

Dr. Hernandez earned her B.A. in English and M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Andrews University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Temple University.  Her doctoral dissertation, Motivation in Context, was  nominated for a 2005 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association.

During her time at Temple University, Dr. Hernandez collaborated to conceptualize, secure funding, implement, manage and evaluate three university-community partnership programs: --the Community Technology Center, The Bill Cosby Academic Posse Program, and the Temple University After-school Program.  She has also co-authored a manual entitled Ready to Teach: A Practical Guide for a Successful First Year.  In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Marlene Smigel Korn Humanitarian Award 2003-2004 for excellent contribution in teaching, scholarship and/or service.

At Eastern University, Dr. Hernandez coordinates the Master/thesis projects for the education department and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in educational and developmental psychology, research methods, and statistics. Her research interests include the role of race/ethnicity and gender in education, academic engagement and achievement motivation, and the social context of education.


Contact Information

Postal address
Eastern University, 1300 Eagle Road
          St. Davids, PA 19086
Electronic mail
General Information: khernand@eastern.edu


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