Assistant professors Erin Doran (left) and Rosemary Perez (right) will be presenting at the Association for for the Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE) annual conference in Tampa, Florida.

School of Education scholars continue tradition of academic excellence

On November 15-17, Iowa State University School of Education graduate students and faculty members will present at the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE) annual conference in Tampa, Florida. Presentations will cover topics from developing community colleges in India to supporting disabled students living on campus.

Lorenzo Baber, associate professor and head of the School of Education’s higher education division, commented on the faculty’s widespread topics relating to post-secondary education policy and students of different demographics.

“We have national experts in student development, policy development, community colleges, theoretical frameworks around equity and social justice — obviously as you can see with the presentations at ASHE, they run the gambit for those areas.”

Equity and social justice provide the central theme that connects all of the presentations.

“The common thread is around equity, access, and improving practice and policies around education,” Baber said.

At the conference there will be 22 presentations delivered by Iowa State University scholars. Baber is excited about more than just the large number.

“What I’m proud of most is not just the number of presentations, but the quality and the quality across different topics. The quality of our presentations are strong.”

“These are all peer reviewed conference presentations, so we’ve gone through the system and our peers have deemed our scholarship as worthy of being presented at this conference. It amplifies the program, it amplifies the faculty, but also amplifies the students.”

Representing the program will be a tall task, as the School of Education has a strong tradition of excellence when it comes to higher education.

“Iowa State has a long standing reputation in higher education… we’re just an extension of that,” Baber said.

Baber has complete confidence in his coworkers’ ability to continue that tradition of excellence.

“It’s a great responsibility to carry that tradition, but I think we’re rising and living up to that tradition.”


Here are the Iowa State-led presentations that will be given at the conference:

Understanding and Exploring International Student Development
Wed, November 14, 3-4:15 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Grand Salon E
Sense of Belonging among International Students: Testing a Multigroup based Structural Model — 
Authors: Linda Hagedorn, Iowa State University; Anupma Singh, Iowa State University

CEP Roundtable Session
Thu, November 15, 8-9:00 a.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Florida Salon VI
Making It Rain…Tears: The Struggles in Balancing Large-scale, Interdisciplinary Grants and One’s Own Research Agenda — Authors: Erin Doran, Iowa State University; Sarah Rodriguez, Iowa State University

CIHE Poster and Roundtable Session
Thu, November 15, 9:15-10:30 a.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Grand Salon C
Sense of Belonging of International Students: A Critical Review — Author: Anupma Singh, Iowa State University

CIHE Poster and Roundtable Session
Thu, November 15, 9:15-10:30 a.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Grand Salon C
Development of Community Colleges in India: A Case Study — Author: Anupma Singh, Iowa State University

STEM Students: Influences of Pedagogy, Early Programming, and Transfer Practices
Thu, November 15, 12:45-2:00 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Meeting Room 6
Inclusion & Marginalization: How Perceptions of Design Thinking Pedagogy Influence Computer, Electrical, and Software Engineering Identity — Authors: Sarah Rodriguez, Iowa State University; Erin Doran, Iowa State University; Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky, Iowa State University; Paul Hengesteg, Iowa State University

A Woke Academy Teach-in: Toward More Critically Conscious Teaching and Curricula in Higher Education Programs
Thu, November 15, 12:45-2:00 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Grand Salons AB
Participant: Rosemary Perez, Iowa State University

Catching the Spirit: A Discussion on the Role of Spirituality and Diversity in the Experiences of STEM Students
Thu, November 15, 2:15-3:30 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Florida Salon VI
Presenters: Brian Burt, Iowa State University; Sarah Rodriguez, Iowa State University

Fostering Postsecondary Pathways in PK-12 for Latina/o/x Students: Toward Intersectionality and Contextualizing College Access and Choice
Fri, November 16, 8:00-9:15 a.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Florida Salon VI
Presenter: Janette Mariscal, Iowa State University

Navigating Sexual and Gender Identity Development on Campus
Fri, November 16, 8:00-9:15 a.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Third, Meeting Room 10
Exploring How Gay Latinx Men Use Emotion Regulation to Overcome Academic and Personal Obstacles — Author: Sarah Rodriguez, Iowa State University

General Conference Roundtable Session
Fri, November 16, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Grand Salons F-J
Measuring the Campus Climate for Contributing to A Larger Community — Authors: Kevin Hemer, Iowa State University; Robert Reason, Iowa State University

Power and Privilege: Transforming Faculty Practice
Fri, November 16, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Florida Salons I-II
Advocating for Ethnic Studies in Whitestream Community Colleges: A Focus on Faculty Efforts — Authors: Erin Doran, Iowa State University; Paul Hengesteg, Iowa State University

Conducting High-Quality Longitudinal Studies on College Student Experiences and Development
Fri, November 16, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Florida Salon IV
Presenter: Rosemary Perez, Iowa State University

Research and Theory on Women of Color in STEM: Envisioning a Woke Agenda for STEM Equity
Fri, November 16, 1:45-3:00 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Florida Salon VI
Presenter: Sarah Rodriguez, Iowa State University

Frameworks for Realizing a Woke Academy
Fri, November 16, 3:15-4:30 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Grand Salon C
A Framework for Inclusive Data Justice and Care for Learning Analytics Use in Higher Education — Author: Michael Brown, Iowa State University

Making Meaning of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Qualitative Research on Campuses in the Era of 45
Fri, November 16, 3:15-4:30 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Florida Salon V
Organizer: Rosemary Perez, Iowa State University

College Students' Experiences of Intercultural and Civic Engagement
Sat, November 17, 10:30-11:40 a.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Meeting Room 4
Civic Engagement at Community Colleges: Understanding the relationship between individual, institutional, and political environments on civic engagement — Author: Michael Brown, Iowa State University

(Re)Thinking The Notions Surrounding Student Success While (Re)Centering Queer, (Dis)Abled, & Students Of Color
Sat, November 17, 10:30-11:40 a.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Third, Meeting Room 9
Integration and Success: Disabled Students Living on Campus — Author: Nancy Evans, Iowa State University

Participatory Action Research and Community-Based Research as “Woke” Methodologies in Higher Education Scholarship
Sat, November 17, 10:30-11:40 a.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Florida Salon IV
Presenter: Janette Mariscal, Iowa State University

Socialization Experiences Among Graduate and Doctoral Students
Sat, November 17, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Grand Salon G
Exploring Meaning-Making Patterns in Graduate Students' Socialization to Social, Disciplinary, and Professional Identities — Authors: Rosemary Perez, Iowa State University; L. Wesley Harris Jr., Iowa State University

Exploring The Diverse Experiences of Black Collegians
Sat, November 17, 3:00-4:15 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Third, Meeting Room 11
Discussant: Brian Burt, Iowa State University

Reimagining Diversity Policy and Practice
Sat, November 17, 3:00-4:15 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Grand Salon D
Professing Equity and Inclusion: A Content Analysis of Diversity Statements, Policies, and Requirements at Land-Grant Institutions — Author: Erin Doran, Iowa State University

Identity, Expectations, and Lived Experiences in Graduate and Doctoral Education
Sat, November 17, 3:00-4:15 p.m., Tampa Marriott Waterside, Second, Meeting Room 4
My Brilliant?, Classed, Raced, and Gendered Academic Career: Challenging Master Narratives of the Ideal Doctoral Student and Work — Author: Janette Mariscal, Iowa State University