Dr. Patricia Somers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration. She is also affiliated with the Center for Women's & Gender Studies and the Long Lozano Institute for Latin American Studies here at the University.
B.A. in Spanish, with Honors, Michigan State University
M.A. in Portuguese, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. in Educational Administration (Higher Education Specialization), University of New Orleans
Serves as a faculty affiliate in Womens 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.
Commission on Women Research Award, American College Personnel Association
Emerging Scholar Award, American Association of University Women
Faculty Excellence Award in Research, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Melvene Hardee Dissertation of the Year, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
Fulbright-Hays Grantee, New Century Scholar, Fulbright Program
Elizabeth A Rainey(Supervisor) Liz is interested in understanding the student experience during financial aid warning, which often coincides with academic probation, because it could lead to more thoughtful interventions. Her research interests are the history and philosophy of federal financial aid, college student persistence, and financial wellness.