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Gene T. Parker III, PhD

School of Education and Human Sciences - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd. Rm. 414
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Eugene (Gene) T. Parker III is an assistant 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.


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

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