SAIS Program Coordinator
Dr. Lawrence T. Locklear is the program coordinator for the Southeast American Indian Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He has been employed at UNC Pembroke since 1999.
Dr. Locklear earned a Ph.D. in educational studies with a concentration in higher education and a minor in educational research methodology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian studies, both from UNC Pembroke, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from North Carolina State University.
An enrolled citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Dr. Locklear, in 2007, appeared in The History Channel’s Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War, in which he provided historical commentary about Lumbee hero Henry Berry Lowry, his multiracial gang, and their fight for social and political justice in Robeson County between 1864 and 1874. His essay, “Down by the Ol’ Lumbee: An Investigation into the Origin and Use of the Word ‘Lumbee’ Prior to 1952”, was published in the 2010 issue of Native South journal. In 2014, Dr. Locklear co-authored Hail to UNCP! A 125-Year History of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with Dr. Linda Oxendine, professor emeritus of American Indian studies at UNC Pembroke, and the late Dr. David Eliades, former professor of history at UNC Pembroke.
Dr. Locklear has served in numerous leadership capacities at UNC Pembroke and in the American Indian community at the tribal and state levels. He co-chaired UNC Pembroke’s 125th Anniversary Committee from 2011 to 2013. Between 2005 and 2008, he served on the Lumbee Tribal Council, including two terms as speaker. From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Locklear served as the vice-chair for American Indian Women of Proud Nations. Between 2007 and 2011, he was the Lumbee Tribe’s representative on the Board of Directors for United Tribes of North Carolina. Dr. Locklear is a brother in Phi Sigma Nu, the nation’s oldest and largest American Indian fraternity, where he currently serves on the national executive board (Chief Council) as the Chief Secretary. He served previously on the Chief Council as the Chief Dean of Ma’enos, responsible for oversight of the fraternity's membership intake processes.
Dr. Locklear has received numerous awards and honors for his scholarship and service. In 2012, he was awarded the D.T. Smithwick Newspaper and Magazine Article Award by the North Carolina Society of Historians for the article, “‘Lumbee’ runs through history of local Indians, Robeson County.” The following year, Dr. Locklear was named a co-recipient of UNC Pembroke’s inaugural Chancellor’s Award of Excellence. In 2014, Hail to UNCP! was awarded a Willie Parker Peace History Book Award by the North Carolina Society of Historians. Phi Sigma Nu recognized Dr. Locklear, in 2016, as the Nu Man of the Year for professional chapters.