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Higher Education Administration

Higher Education Administration Program Faculty

The faculty members and instructors within the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies are dedicated to providing robust learning opportunities related to higher education administration. You will learn from academic professionals who are known nationally for their research on important topics in post-secondary education: college access and retention, diversity, inclusion and social justice, multi-cultural education, women administrators, historical perspectives of higher education, community colleges, curricular issues, and more.

Prior to their time at KU, our program faculty and instructors have taught or held administrative positions at: Ohio State University, DePaul University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Illinois – Chicago, University of Akron, Purdue University, Claremont Graduate School, Juniata College, The Pennsylvania State University and other universities nationwide.  Our higher education administration program faculty also partners with current higher education professionals in the region to ensure that your doctoral student experience is both interdisciplinary in nature and grounded in practical experience.

Susan Twombly
Professor, Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
785-864-9721
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 418

Susan B. Twombly is professor of higher education and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her PhD is in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include postsecondary faculty member’s careers, international higher education... more

Charles (Charlie) Bankart
Associate Vice Provost for International Programs & Courtesy Instructor

Charlie Bankart is the associate vice provost for international programs at the University of Kansas, where he serves as KU’s senior international affairs officer.  He is responsible for providing institution-wide leadership in... more

DeAngela Burns-Wallace
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies & Courtesy Instructor

Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at University of Kansas (KU... more

Senior Principal Analyst, OIRP & Courtesy Instructor

Trina joined OIRP in 2011 as a research analyst. Her responsibilities include the utilization of data mining techniques to develop and analyze predictive models that inform KU's recruitment and retention practices. She has 12 years of... more

Jennifer Ng
Associate Professor
785-864-9660
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 424
Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Ph.D. in Higher Education, University of Iowa

MBA, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A. in Biological Sciences, University of Iowa

Eugene (Gene) T. Parker is an assistant professor of higher education in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He... more

Marlesa Roney
Professor of the Practice
785-864-9727
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 410

Marlesa A. Roney, Ph.D., serves as Professor of Practice in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department of the School of Education at the University of Kansas, a position she has held since January 2012. She currently teaches graduate courses in student affairs administration,... more

John Rury
Professor of Education (ELPS) and (by courtesy) History and African & African American Studies
785-864-9697
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 423

John Rury is a historian of American education and also conducts research in education policy studies, especially regarding metropolitan schools. He is particularly concerned with inequality in education, past and present.

He was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.... more

Lisa Wolf-Wendel
Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
785-864-9722
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 214 H

Lisa Wolf-Wendel, PhD is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She is also the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Education. Dr. Wolf-Wendel joined the faculty of the University of Kansas (KU) in 1995.... more


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Professor Lisa Wolf-Wendel is president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education
Alumni of the department head higher education institutions, school districts, and schools across the nation
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