Dominique Baker, Assistant Professor

Dominique Baker, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Dominique Baker is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Her research focuses on the way that education policy affects and shapes the access and success of underrepresented students in higher education. She has received an AERA research grant for 2020-2021 to study course-taking and student loan debt in Texas. She primarily investigates student financial aid, affirmative action, and policies that influence the ability to create an inclusive and equitable campus climate.

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Sondra Barringer, Assistant Professor

Sondra Barringer, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Dr. Sondra N. Barringer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development where she teaches courses in statistics and academic governance. She was awarded her Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology from the University of Arizona where her research was funded by the Association for Institutional Research and a University of Arizona Excellence Graduate Fellowship in the Social Sciences. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology and economics at Baylor University.

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S. Kiersten Ferguson, Clinical Associate Professor and Director for the M.Ed. Higher Education Program

S. Kiersten Ferguson, Clinical Associate Professor and Director for the M.Ed. Higher Education Program

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

S. Kiersten Ferguson is a clinical assistant professor and the higher education program director in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. Ferguson is also a Faculty Fellow for Inclusion and Equity in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin

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Denisa Gándara, Assistant Professor

Denisa Gándara, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Georgia

Denisa Gándara is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Georgia. She is the recipient of the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the American Educational Research Association's Dissertation Travel Award, and the Zell and Shirley Miller Graduate Fellowship.

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Michael Harris, Associate Professor and Director for Center of Teaching Excellence

Michael Harris, Professor, Department Chair, ad interim, and Director for Center of Teaching Excellence

Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania

Michael S. Harris is a Professor of higher education, Department Chair, ad interim, of the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, and director of SMU's Center for Teaching Excellence. His research considers how economic, political, and social changes influence the culture, strategy, and behavior of higher education institutions. He is currently explore how institutional strategy and behaviors differ in light of varying missions and organizational cultures.

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Ashley Tull, Clinical Associate Professor and Director for the Ed.D. in Higher Education

Ashley Tull, Clinical Professor and Director for the Ed.D. in Higher Education

Ed.D., Florida State University

Dr. Ashley Tull serves as a Clinical Professor and as Program Director for the Ed.D. in Higher Education Program. Most recently he served as the Director of Assessment and Strategic Initiatives for the Division of Student Affairs at Southern Methodist University. He has held previous administration and teaching roles at Tarleton State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Arkansas–Fayetteville, and Florida State University.

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