Program in Higher Education Leadership Ph.D. and Ed.D. Program

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Program Coordinator
Richard Reddick

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Assistant Program Coordinator
Beth Bukoski

The Program in Higher Education Leadership (PHEL) is devoted to the scholarly study of higher education, its students and institutions, and its place in society. This program prepares, trains, and educates students to become researchers and leaders in the administration of colleges and universities. The PHEL also offers a master’s degree  in the study of college and university student personnel administration.

Our faculty and students are in the vanguard of understanding and shaping the dynamic environment of higher education now and in the future. Higher education is being reconceived and reorganized through:

  • increased access and challenges in retention and completion for more diverse student communities,
  • intensified accountability and governmental oversight,
  • the need for lifelong avenues of learning and re-training, and
  • the opportunities presented by digital innovations both in and out of the classroom.

The Ph.D. emphasizes preparation for a research career. Students develop an understanding of the particular role of postsecondary institutions in society as both distributors and creators of knowledge. This program prepares students to be consumers and producers of postsecondary research and scholarship. Students are socialized towards careers in academia and higher education leadership.

The Ed.D. emphasizes sophisticated management skills. Students are prepared for higher education leadership careers and are oriented toward the application of theory and knowledge development through research.

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Faculty

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Beth E. Bukoski

Clinical Assistant Professor

Focuses on issues that affect underrepresented students and faculty related to identity intersectionality and performativity, particularly critical theories and constructs of gender, sexuality, race, and class.

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Norma Cantú, J.D.

Professor

Ken McIntyre Professor for Excellence in School Leadership

With a background as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration, she teaches topics in civil rights and the intersection of law and policy in education.

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Liliana Garces

Associate Professor

Studies educational inequality, higher education equity and access policies for underrepresented populations, use and influence of research in Supreme Court cases. 

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Marilyn C. Kameen

Professor, Senior Associate Dean

Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professor for Educational Research and Development

Interests include academic administration, faculty in higher education, and college student development with research on college teaching and minorities in higher education.

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Soncia Reagins-Lilly

Clinical Assistant Professor, VP for Student Affairs

Shares her expertise in higher education policy, administration and finance, strategic planning, and leadership development as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

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Richard J. Reddick

Associate Professor

Examines the experiences of faculty of color at predominantly White institutions; mentoring relationships between faculty and Black students; and work-life balance in academia.

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Victor B. Sáenz

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Leads the Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success)initiative focused on Latino males in education; seeks to advance research-informed policy solutions that enhance educational outcomes for underserved students in secondary and post-secondary education.

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Lauren Schudde

Assistant Professor

Studies the impact of educational policies and practices on college student outcomes using quantitative methods.

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Edwin R. Sharpe

Clinical Professor

Scholarly interests include organizational theory and behavior as applied to universities, educational politics and policy, and the interaction and alignment of P-20 educational systems.

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Patricia Somers

Associate Professor

Serves as a faculty affiliate in Women’s and Gender Studies and Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. Researches topics such as campus safety, higher education law, academic freedom, and higher education in Brazil.

Clinical and Adjunct Faculty

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Cassandre Giguere Alvarado

Clinical Assistant Professor

Focuses research on student success and graduation initiatives, including innovative college readiness assignments, student success programs and understanding the completion agenda.

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Douglas Garrard

Lecturer

Serves as Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Senior Associate Dean of Students, and teaches courses related to on-campus culture in higher education.

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Hemlata G. Jhaveri

Clinical Assistant Professor

As Executive Director of Housing and Food Service, she emphasizes the importance of balancing business and student development needs for a higher education organization.

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Harrison Keller

Vice Provost and Adjunct Professor

Focuses on school conditions that foster high academic success for children of poverty, stratification of learning opportunities for children of color, and on state policy that facilitates student success across the education pipeline.

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Julie Schell

Clinical Assistant Professor

Designs higher education innovation strategy. Teaches graduate courses on technology, innovation, and problems of college teaching and learning including related interventions.

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LaToya Smith

Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Vice-President, Title IX Coordinator

Serves as the Title IX Coordinator and Associate Vice President of University Compliance Services to ensure the university holds high levels of integrity and ethical standards.

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Betty Jeanne Taylor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Focuses on the role of teacher assistants to create a campus culture that is inclusive, and engages diverse people, ideas and perspectives.

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Aaron Voyles

Clinical Assistant Professor

Serves as the Associate Director for Student Learning and Development and researches post-qualitative and post-structuralist methodologies, discourse analysis, and gender performance.

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Evelyn Waiwaiole

Clinical Assistant Professor, Executive Director of CCSSE

As Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, Evelyn specializes in evidence that informs change and improved outcomes at community colleges.