Dr. Peter Eley is a sophist who thrives in an environment of curiosity, creativity, and engagement. He is a full rank professor that serves as Interim Chair of the Health, Physical and Secondary Education Department at Fayetteville State University and Chair of the Elizabeth City State University Foundation, he is responsible for a full range of administrative leadership, coaching, training, and consulting activities. Dr. Eley holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Elizabeth City State University, a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education.
Attuned to the landscape of higher education, Dr. Eley uses equity, school policy, and technology to motivate mathematical understanding and inform his strategic decision-making processes. A practitioner and leader in K-12 & Higher education, Dr. Eley has served as a mathematics and science teacher in the middle and high school sector. His work as Data Manager/Webmaster for Saint Augustine University in Raleigh, NC was the gateway into the collegiate career space, serving as Mathematics and Science Education (NC-MSEN) Pre-College Program Coordinator at Winston-Salem State University and assistant professor at Fayetteville State University. Dr. Eley’s exceptional record has been acknowledged with awards and accolades over the years including Middle Grades, Secondary, and Specialized Subjects Professor of the Year and Fayetteville State University’s College of Education Professor of the Year 2014. The Wynton H. Hadley Teaching Award 2014 honoree was also selected as a Senior Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness (MICCR), Mass Inc’s Gateway Cities Innovation Institute (GCII), and the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. Dr. Eley has served as a Faculty Administrative Fellow at both Fayetteville State University and the University of North Carolina System 2018-2019. During the spring 2020 semester Dr. Eley was recognized and awarded the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award Medallion.
As a mentor and leadership speaker, Dr. Eley is empowering mathematical leaders of the 21st century all over the country. Specializing in personality, humor, and storytelling, Dr. Eley uses his scholarly and life experiences as the backdrop to his presentations and facilitations. With a focus and passion on developing the leadership capacity in youth, Dr. Eley works extensively with community leaders and businesses and serves on several advisory boards including the 100 Black Men of Cape Fear Region Board of Directors. He is also a current advisor for Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Phi Lambda Chapter where he serves on the education committee.
Though his passion, Dr. Eley’s love for mathematics and education cannot compare to his greatest joy – his family. Dr. Eley is married to his wife, Felicia, and they have two beautiful children. In spare time, some of Dr. Eley’s pleasurable pastimes include competitive kayak fishing spending time at his church, weightlifting, golfing, hunting, and working on classic cars.