Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL). She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Community College Leadership and Educational Evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching, research, and consulting activities largely include psychosocial adjustment and transition of marginalized collegians, transfer, access policies, student development and services at community colleges.

Dr. Zamani-Gallaher is a recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred B. Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award. Dr. Zamani-Gallaher served as president of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges and currently is Director for Research and Scholarship for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).


Ph.D., Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000

M.S., General Experimental Psychology, Western Illinois University, 1997

B.S., Psychology, Western Illinois University, 1993

Research & Service

Select Publications:

Zamani-Gallaher, E.M., Lester, J., Bragg, D.D., & Hagedorn, L.S. (2014). ASHE Reader on Community Colleges (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Publications.

Zamani-Gallaher, E.M., & Polite, V.C. (Eds.). (2013). African American females: Addressing challenges and nurturing the future. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Zamani-Gallaher, E.M., & Bazile, S. (2011). Multicultural student services at community colleges. In D.L. Stewart (Ed.), Building brides, revisioning community: Multicultural student services on campus (pp. 154-166). Sterling, VA: ACPA/Stylus Publishing.

Zamani-Gallaher, E.M., & Choudhuri, D.D. (2011). A primer on LGBTQ students at community colleges: Considerations for research and practice. New Directions for Community Colleges, 155, 35-49.

Zamani-Gallaher, E.M., & Polite, V.C. (Eds.). (2010). The state of the African American male: A courageous conversation. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Zamani-Gallaher, E.M., Green, D.O, Brown, M.C., & Stovall, D.O. (2009). The case for affirmative action on campus: Concepts of equity, considerations for practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Kelsey, L., & Zamani-Gallaher, E.M. (Eds.). (2014). Working with students in community colleges: Contemporary strategies for bridging theory, research, and practice. Washington, DC: ACPA Books and Media/Stylus Publishing.

Flowers, R., Luzynski, C., & Zamani-Gallaher, E.M. (2014). Male transfer student athletes and Schlossberg's Transition Theory. The Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 8(2), 99-120.

Brown, M.C., Lane, J.E., & Zamani-Gallaher, E.M. (Eds.). (2010). Organization and governance in higher education: An ASHE Reader (6th ed.). Boston, MA : Pearson Publications.


Zamani-Gallaher, E., Leon, R., & Lang, J. (2016) Abroad as Self-Authorship: Globalization and Reconceptualizing College and Career Readiness. International education at community colleges: Themes, practices and case studies Palgrave  link >

Stevenson, T., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. (2016) Racialized and gendered experiences of African American female faculty at public community colleges. Transforming understandings of diversity in higher education: Demography, democracy and discourse Stylus: Sterling, VA, USA  link >

Zamani-Gallaher, E., & Bragg, D. (2015) Research, policy, and practice in action: The Office of Community College Research and Leadership - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Community College Journal of Research and Practice 39 (10), 950-953  link >


Principal Investigator Transfer and the Undergraduate STEM Pipeline at Two-year Hispanic Serving Institutions, National Science Foundation, 2017 - 2019

Principal Investigator Collaborative Research: Transitioning Learners to Calculus in Community Colleges (TLC3): Advancing Strategies for Success in STEM, National Science Foundation, 2016 - 2019

Principal Investigator Continuation of Perkins IV Consultation, Technical Assistance and Applied Research and Evaluation, Illinois Community College Board, 2015 - 2017


ACPA Director of Research and Scholarship American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 2016 - present

CSCC Membership Chair Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), 2015 - present

CSCC Officer, President/Elect/Past Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), 2012 - 2015

ASHE Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year (DOTY) Committee Chair Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 2014 - present

ASHE Committee on Ethnic Participation, Evaluation Chair Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 2012 - 2014

Community College Review Editorial Board Member Community College Review, 2013 - present

Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition Editorial Board Member Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2013 - present

Journal of Critical Thought & Praxis Advisory Board Member Journal of Critical Thought & Praxis, 2012 - present

Community College Review Consulting Editor Community College Review, 2011 - present

ACPA Advisory Board member, Commission for Student Development in Two-Year Colleges American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 2010 - present


The Community College Community and technical colleges; their purposes, function, and objectives; social forces related to their development and evaluation; characteristics and needs of students; educational programs and teaching strategies; and organization, control, and financing. Course Information: Same as HRD 501. Class Schedule Information: Priority will be given to department majors.

Diversity in Higher Education Explores critical topics and issues related to diversity in higher education, including race/ethnicity, class, and gender. Covers current research that explores diversity in higher education, institutional diversity policies and organizational behaviors, campus constituents, and the role of external groups. The course consists of reading, in-class discussion, group exercise, and completing a research project that is of interest to the student.

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership



380 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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