Malachi Nichols

Malachi NicholsMalachi Nichols

212 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Malachi Nichols, originally from Midland, TX, is a Ph.D. candidate and a Research Assistant in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. He graduated with a B.A. in African and African-American Studies and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 2015. During his time as an undergraduate, he served in various positions, including a Robotics Teacher, Director's Assistant to an AmeriCorps Service Member at Prism Education Center in Fayetteville, AR., which fueled his interest and desire for education reform. His research interests include higher education, values-based education, and non-cognitive skills.


  • University of Arkansas - B.A. in African and African-American Studies
  • University of Arkansas - B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 

Research Interests:

  • Higher education
  • Values-based education
  • Non-cognitive skills

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Working Papers:

  • Nichols, M., Zamarro, G., & Trivitt, J. (2018) “College Readiness, Student Expectations and Success: The Role of Non-Cognitive Skills.”
  •  Zamarro, G., Nichols, M., Duckworth, A., & D'Mello, S. (2017) "Further Validation of Survey-Effort Measures of Conscientiousness: Results from a Sample of High School Students."
  • Swanson, E., Watson, A., Ritter, G., and Nichols, M. (2016). "Promises Fulfilled? A Systematic Review of the Impacts of Promise Programs." EDRE Working Paper No. 2016-16.
  • Nichols, M., & Tuchman, S. (2016) "Does it Hurt to Go in or Does it Hurt to Go Out? Inclusion Effects on Student Discipline Infractions and Achievement within Special Education."