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Gene T. Parker III, PhD

School of Education and Human Sciences - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Higher Education, Educational Policy & Leadership Studies, The University of Iowa
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall,
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd. Rm. 425
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
Second office:


Eugene (Gene) T. Parker III is an associate professor of higher education administration in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas. He is interested in matters of diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to college students and organizations. His research has focused on the impact of collegiate experiences on academic and psychosocial student outcomes, such as academic and cognitive outcomes, leadership and moral development. This area of research has centered on the association between diversity experiences, student-faculty interactions and other collegiate experiences and college outcomes. Recently, his research has examined the relationship between these experiences and students’ perceptions of the campus climate for diversity. He also has research interests that are focused on organizational and institutional theories, governance, leadership and structures. Recent research has centered on organizational leadership, diversity leadership and leadership-centered theoretical perspectives. Dr. Parker teaches courses in organization and governance, college finance and leadership in higher education. Dr. Parker received his B.A. from the University of Iowa, his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Iowa.


B.A., Biological Sciences, The University of Iowa
M.B.A., Business Administration, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Ph.D., Higher Education, Educational Policy & Leadership Studies, The University of Iowa

Research Interests

  • Organizational theory
  • Administration
  • Structure and institutionalism in higher education
  • Interactional and conditional effects of diversity experiences on college student outcomes
  • Diversity minded leadership in higher education

Selected Publications

Parker, E. T., III. (2021). Campus Climate Perceptions, Sense of Belonging and LGBTQ Students [Journal Articles]. Journal of College Student Development. Published.
Parker, E. T., III, & Parker, E. T., III. (2021). Becoming a Diversity Leader on Campus: Navigating Identity and Situational Pressures [Books]. Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group.
Parker, E. T., III, Foste, Z., & Pasquesi, K. (Eds.). (2020). Navigating Social Identities on Campus: Towards Social Justice Praxis [Other].
Trolian, T., Parker, E. T., III, & Parker, E. T., III. (2020). Shaping Civic Attitudes Through Faculty Teaching Practices and Student-Faculty Interactions [Journal Articles]. Journal of College and Character. Published.
Parker, E. T., III. (2019). Chief Diversity Offices as Structural Responses to a Cultural Issue [Journal Articles]. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education , 4, 263–277.
Parker, E., & Trolian, T. (2019). Student Perceptions of the Climate for Diversity: The Role of Student-Faculty Interactions [Journal Articles]. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Published.
Parker, E., McCowin, J., Katopol, N., Robbins, T., Henfield, M., Ferguson, A., & Castenal, L. (2018). When the Cheers Fade: Rethinking College Transitions for Black Male Student-Athletes and Reframing Success [Book Chapters]. In Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging African-American Males at Select Prestigious Research Universities: Challenges and Opportunities in Academics and Sports.
Parker, E. T., III, & Trolian, T. (2018). Learning about Difference in the Classroom and College:<br>Students’ Views of the Campus Climate [Book Chapters]. In K. Soria (Ed.), Evaluating Campus Climate at U.S. Research Universities: Opportunities for Diversity and Inclusion. Palgrave Macmillan.
Parker, E. T., III, & Pascarella, E. (2018). On Greek Row: Diversity Experiences, Socially Responsible Leadership and Affiliations with College Fraternities and Sororities [Journal Articles]. Oracle: The Research Journal. Published.
Trolian, T., & Parker, E. T. (2017). Moderating Influences of Student-Faculty Interactions on Students’ Graduate and Professional School Aspirations [Journal Articles]. Journal of College Student Development. Accepted/In Press.
Parker, E. T., III. (2017). Do Non Classroom Interactions with Faculty affect Moral Development among College Students [Journal Articles]. College Student Affairs Journal, 35(1), 3–12.
Parker, E., Barnhardt, C., McCowin, J., & Pascarella, E. (2016). The Impact of Diversity Courses on College Students’ Moral Development [Journal Articles]. Journal of College Student Development, 57(4).
An, B., Parker, E., Trolian, T., & Weeden, D. (2016). Do Principles of Good Practice Represent Good Practices? Considering Institutional Ethos that Fosters Good Practices at Liberal Arts Colleges [Journal Articles]. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 1, 153–175.
Barnhardt, C. L., Young, R. L., Sheets, J. E., Philips, C., Parker, E. T., & Reyes, K. A. (2016). Campus Strategic Action in the Fisher Case: Organizational Stakeholder Advocacy Across the Field of Higher Education [Journal Articles]. Research in Higher Education. Published. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-016-9428-9
Parker, E., Kilgo, C., Sheets, J., & Pascarella, E. (2016). The Differential Effects of Internship Participation on End-Of-Fourth-Year GPA by Demographic and Institutional Characteristics [Journal Articles]. Journal of College Student Development, 57(1), 104–109.
Parker, E., & Trolian, T. (2015). Collegiate Diversity Experiences and Students’ Views Regarding Social and Political Involvement [Journal Articles]. Journal of Student Affairs and Practice. Published.
Martin, G., Parker, E., Pascarella, E., & Blechschmidt, S. (2015). Do Fraternities and Sororities Inhibit Intercultural Competence? [Journal Articles]. Journal of College Student Development. Published.
Parker, E., & Pascarella, E. (2013). Effects of Diversity Experiences on Socially Responsible Leadership among College Students [Journal Articles]. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 6(4), 219–230.
Parker, E. T., III. (accepted/in press). Amid the Protests: Black Students, Campus Diversity Climate and Academic Outcome [Journal Articles]. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

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