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Higher Education Administration Program Faculty at KU

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, University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Iowa, University of Akron, Purdue University, and other universities nationwide.  Our higher education administration program faculty also partner with professors from other academic partners at KU to ensure that your graduate student experience and learning in Lawrence are 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

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


Assistantship Requirement

Full-time students who are admitted to the MSE program in Higher Education Administration must also be offered a Graduate Assistantship in order to fulfill the program requirements. This approach reinforces our philosophy that having hands-on experience working in higher education is critical to your understanding of the academic curriculum. Learn more!

School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
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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MSE Application Deadline(s)
  • MSE Seeking Assistantship
    • Fall semester: January 11, 2016
  • MSE Full-time Higher Education Employee - OR - Seeking assistantship in KU Housing
    • Fall semester: March 4, 2016