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Faculty Profiles

Melanie Carter

Melanie Carter, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor
Carnegie 206

Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Educational Policy and Leadership (1996)

Research: Leadership in Higher Education



D. Jason DeSousa, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
ASA 217

Ed.D., Indiana University​, Higher Education Administration, (1994)

Research: Academic and student affairs leadership and administration, strategic enrollment management, high impact practices organized around students' year-to-year persistence, and students with learning differences


Leslie T. Fenwick

Leslie T. Fenwick, Ph.D. 

ASA 215

Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Educational Policy and Leadership (1993)

Research: Education Policy, the superintendency and principalship, higher education leadership, urban school reform



Lisa Grillo, Ed.D. 

Assistant Professor
ASA 207

Ed.D., Howard University, Educational Policy and Leadership (2005)

Research: Leadership in Higher Education


Joe Hairston

Joe A. Hairston, Ed.D. 

Associate Professor
ASA 121 

Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Educational Administration

Research: Results-based leadership to achieve increased academic rigor for all students, greater student participation and success in Advanced Placement, and greater accountability and resource conservation, as well as, new ways to use virtual environments and other technology in classrooms.


Sosanya Jones

Sosanya Jones, Ed.D. 

Assistant Professor
ASA 207

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University, Higher and Postsecondary Education (2013)

Research: Equity and diversity in higher education policy, policy implementation, and the politics of diversity work.


Robert T. Palmer

Robert T. Palmer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
ASA 223

Ph.D., Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, Higher Education Administration (2007) 

Research: Access, equity, retention, persistence, the college experience of racial ethnic minorities, particularly within the context of historically-black colleges and universities (HBCUs).


Cristóbal Rodríguez

Cristóbal Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
ASA 117

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, Educational Policy & Planning (2009)

Research: As more education policy is being developed with consideration to the P-20 education pipeline, the work in preparing school leaders in navigating policy becomes even more critical in improving access for diverse populations throughout the pipeline. Therefore, Dr. Rodríguez' research focus centers around concentrated diverse demographics and explores the variation of policy development, implementation, and results and their influence on access throughout the educational pipeline.​


Kmt G. Shockley

Kmt G. Shockley, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor
ASA 207

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies (2003)

Research: Transformative African centered education, educational transformation, and educational leadership. He conducts workshops, is a keynote speaker, has written numerous publications and appeared on various television, radio, and other media outlets, where he is known for his commonsensical approach to true education and personal transformation.