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About Me

I am currently an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, and have over 20 years’ experience in the field of Higher Education. I have worked at two and four-year campuses, private and public universities, and state and religiously-affiliated institutions. I have an M.Ed. in Counseling from the College of William & Mary, an MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies also from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My teaching interests include: higher education administration, student affairs administration, organizational development & change management, leadership development, and research methodology.

My current research areas are twofold: My primary strand is related to the exploration of the sexual orientation identity development among youth and college students, with a particular interest in the ways in which sexual orientation and gender are portrayed and represented in popular culture and mass media, particularly television and film. An extension of this research has taken me into the lived experiences of LGBTQ faculty and administrators within colleges and universities. My secondary research interest relates to the nature of graduate education, with a particular focus on mentoring. This research is an attempt to advance our understanding of the factors that contribute to success, satisfaction, and persistence in graduate education, particularly under-represented groups.

I am actively involved with the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the ACPA-College Educators International, and present my research in both national and international forums.

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    • 2005 PhD, Educational leadership & policy studies
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    • 1999 MBA, Management & human resources
  • College of William & Mary

    • 1991 M.Ed., Counseling Psychology
  • University of Virginia

    • 1989 B.A., Psychology

Experience

  • Morgan State University

    • 8/2012 - Present Associate Professor, Higher Education & Student Affairs
  • Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

    • 9/2000 - 6/2003 Assistant Dean
  • Argosy University

    • 2/2006 - 5/2007 Dept Chair, Business & Organizational Leadership
    • 8/2009 - 8/2012 Associate Professor, Educational & Orgnizational Leadership
    • 8/2005 - 5/2009 Assistant Professor, Educational & Orgnizational Leadership
  • Madison Area Technical College

    • 1/1999 - 8/2000 Assistant Coordinator, Conflict Management Services
    • 8/1994 - 8/2000 Senior Counselor (LPC)

Courses Taught

  • The Contemporary College Student

    Graduate

    Morgan State University

  • Adv. Student Development Theory

    Graduate

    Morgan State University

  • Student Development Theory

    Graduate

    Morgan State University

  • Legal Issues in Higher Education

    Graduate

    Morgan State University

  • Leadership in Higher Education

    Graduate

    Morgan State University

  • Organizational Theory in Higher Education Contexts

    Doctoral

    Morgan State University

  • Understanding Culture within the Campus Environment

    Doctoral

    Morgan State University

  • University Governance & Adminstration

    Graduate

    Morgan State University

  • Advanced Qualitative Research

    Doctoral

    Morgan State University

  • Internships/Practicum

    Graduate

    Morgan State University

Publications

  • Mentoring for LGBTQ Student Success

    Forthcoming In M. Frederick, J. Maldonado & P. Sasso (Eds.) The Dynamic Student Development Meta-Theory: A New Model for Student Success. New York: Peter Lang.

  • Faculty Work Life: Beyond the Tipping Point

    Forthcoming In J. DeVitis & P. Sasso (Eds.) College at the Crossroads: Taking Sides on Contested Issues. New York: Peter Lang.

  • Mentoring Graduate Students at HBCUs: A 21st Century Mandate for Success.

    2016 in C. Prince & R. Ford (Eds.) Setting a New Agenda for Student Engagement and Retention in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Hershey, PA: IGI Global

  • Social Media, Celebrity Role Models, and LGBTQ Youth: Lady Gaga as Parasocial Mentor.

    2016 In J. Manning & C. Noland (Eds.) Contemporary Studies of Sexuality & Communication (pp. 501-518). Dubuque, IA: Kendal Hunt.

  • Out of the Closet and into the Classroom: LGBTQ Issues and Inclusive classroom practice.

    2016 In V. Bloomfield & M. Fischer (Eds.) Voices of LGBTQ Students and Teachers: Changing the Culture of Schooling. New York: Routledge.

  • Insult to Injury: The Extent of Bullying for Gender and Sexual Minorities in Community Colleges.

    Leah Hollis

    2016 In L. Hollis The coercive community college: Bullying and its costly impact on the mission to serve underrepresented populations. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

  • Lavender Identity & Representation in the Media: The Portrayal of Gay and Lesbian Millennials in Popular Television.

    Bernice Alston

    2014 In B. Kaklamanidou & M. Tally (Eds.) Millennials on Film and Television: The Politics of Popular Culture (pp. 31-45). Jefferson, NC: McFarland

  • This class is so queer! Pedagogy & Sexuality in the college classroom.

    2014 In N. Johnson & S. Wilson (Eds.) Teaching to Difference? (pp. 57-67). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.

  • Multicultural studies & sexual diversity: A postmodern queer(y) for all.

    2013 In S. Pinder (Ed.) American Multicultural Studies (pp. 463-480) . San Francisco, CA: Sage.

  • Using Technology & Digital Narratives to Engage Graduate Students in Self-Authorship and Learning Partnerships.

    2013 In L. A. Wankel & P. Blessinger (Eds.) Increasing Student Engagement and Retention through Multimedia Technologies (pp. 41-65). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

  • Working against the odds: The support needs of successful African American women.

    Veronica Franklin

    2011 In C. R. Chambers (Ed.) Black American Female Students on Campus: Successes and Challenges (pp. 21-41). Cambridge, MA; Emerald Press.

Presentations

  • Career Challenges of LGBTQ Student Affairs Professionals: An Exploration of Micro & Macro Climates

    2016 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Narratives of LGBTQ Faculty

    2016 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference

  • Campus Climate Issues for Gender & Sexual Minority Faculty: Making the Private Public

    2016 Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education Annual Conference

  • Inside the Lavender Tower: LGBTQ Faculty & Campus Cultures

    2016 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference

  • Queering the Academy: Queer Theory as a Theoretical Foundation in Higher Education Research

    2014 Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference

  • Inside the Lavender Tower: Narratives of LGBTQ Faculty.

    2014 Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference.

  • The Importance of Media Literacy: An Investigation of Gay and Lesbian Youth in Popular Television

    2014 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference

  • Queer Like Me: An Exploration of the Impact of Gay & Lesbian Representation in Popular Television on LGBTQ Young Adults.

    2014 Film & History Annual Conference

  • Finding Your Way: Thinking Critically about Your Life and Your Career Path

    2014 ACPA-College Student Educators International convention

  • Mentoring at the Crossroads: The Support Needs of African American Doctoral Students

    2013 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference

  • Chairperson/Discussant. Coaching and Mentoring Special Topics

    2013 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference

  • Chairperson/Discussant. Queer on Campus: LGBTQ Issues in Postsecondary and Professional Education

    2013 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference

  • Mentoring as Other-Mothering: Supporting, Nurturing, and Guiding African American Female Graduate Students on their Academic Journeys

    2012 Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference

  • Campus-Based Mentoring for LGBTQ College Students: Implications for Staff & Administrators

    2012 Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference

  • Talking Back & Speaking Out: Mentoring Experiences of African American Female Doctoral Students

    2011 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference

  • Student Learning and Technology

    2010 American Educational Research Association Annual Conference

  • I Think Therefore I Am: Doctoral Students’ Early Experiences and Future Possibilities

    2009 Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference

Grants

  • Morgan State University Summer Enrichment Grant

  • The Portrayal of Gay and Lesbian Millennials in Popular Television

    ACPA Standing Committee

  • Campus-Based Mentoring for LGBTQ College Students: Implications for Student Affairs