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 primarily investigates student financial aid, affirmative action, and policies that influence the ability to create an inclusive and equitable campus climate. She is the 2021 Association for Education Finance & Policy Early Career Award winner, in recognition of the impact and promise of her early career.

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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 Program Director

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

S. Kiersten Ferguson is a clinical assistant professor and director of the M.Ed. in Higher Education program 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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Michael Harris, Professor, Department Chair, and Director for Center of Teaching Excellence

Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania

Michael S. Harris is a Professor of higher education, Department Chair 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 Stone, Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Ashley Stone is a Clinical 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 such as Critical Understandings of Race and Gender in Higher Education, Equity and Access, History of Higher Education, Leading Diverse Campuses, and Leading in Student Affairs. 

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