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Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

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Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

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Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Biography

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Higher Education and Community College Leadership. She is the Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL). Zamani-Gallaher previously served as Associate Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership and Associate Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC).

Zamani-Gallaher 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 Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) Senior Scholar Award (2017), is an American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Senior Scholar (2018) and ACPA Diamond Honoree (2017), as well as the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) Founder’s Service Award recipient (2018) and the ASHE-CEP Mildred B. Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Awardee (2009). In 2019, Dr. Zamani-Gallaher was recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as the recipient of the Community College Research Award and honored by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) with the Transfer Catalyst 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 (2013-2014) and was Director for Research and Scholarship for ACPA (2015-2017).

Key Professional Appointments

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research & Service

For the last two decades, Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher has conducted research on marginalized student populations in marginalized institutional contexts. Namely, her work has focused on access, broadening participation, and equitable postsecondary educational trajectories for diverse collegians in two- and four-year institutions. Zamani-Gallaher's scholarship specifically concerns how underrepresented and underserved students navigate open systems of admissions to further education and/or gainful employment. Her studies span policy relevant inquiry on affirmative action in college admissions, postsecondary prison education, and ADA compliance to addressing campus climate for racially minoritized students, students with disabilities, LGBTQIA collegians, and student veterans.

Dr. Zamani-Gallaher's research has been published in various journals and scholarly texts, including Equity and Excellence in Education, Higher Education Policy, New Directions for Community Colleges and Teachers College Record. She has authored/co-authored and edited/co-edited eight books which include Rethinking LGBTQIA Students and Collegiate Contexts: Identity, Policies, and Campus Climate (Routledge Publishing), Working with Students in Community Colleges: Contemporary Strategies for Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice (ACPA/Stylus Publishing), The Obama Administration and Educational Reform (Emerald Group Publishing) and African American Females: Addressing Challenges and Nurturing the Future (Michigan State University).

Publications

Rockey, M., Fox, H. L., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2021). What Does Reverse Transfer Look Like When There is no Funding or Mandate to Support It? Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 45(5), 374-377.  link >

Baber, L. D., Zamani-gallaher, E. M., Stevenson, T. N., & Porter, J. (2019). From Access to Equity: Community Colleges and the Social Justice Imperative. In M. B. Paulsen, & L. W. Perna (Eds.), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research (Vol. 34, pp. 203-240). Springer.  link >

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2019). Preface: Reflecting on identity, reframing policies, and reshaping higher education: An introduction to rethinking LGBTQIA students and collegiate contexts. In Rethinking LGBTQIA Students and Collegiate Contexts: Identity, Policies, and Campus Climate (pp. x-xvii). Taylor and Francis Inc..

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (Ed.), Choudhuri, D. D., & Taylor, J. L. (2019). Rethinking LGBTQIA Students and Collegiate Contexts: Identity, Policies, and Campus Climate. Routledge.  link >

Fox, H. L., & Zamani-gallaher, E. M. (2018). Exploring Equity in Early Postsecondary Education. New Directions for Community Colleges, 2018(181), 29-37.  link >

Fuller, K., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2018). Pipelines from Prison to Postsecondary Access for Black Men. In T. N. Ingram, & J. Coaxum III (Eds.), Engaging African American Males in Community Colleges (Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement). Information Age Publishing Inc..

Welton, A. D., Owens, D. R., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2018). Anti-racist change: A conceptual framework for educational institutions to take systemic action. Teachers College Record, 120(14).

Welton, A. D., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2018). Introduction and overview of the yearbook: Facilitating institutional change for racial equity in the educational pipeline. Teachers College Record, 120(14).

Bell, A. A., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2017). Access, Accommodation, and Reasoned Action among Collegians with Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 24(1), 95-106.

Callahan, C. N., LaDue, N. D., Baber, L. D., Sexton, J., van der Hoeven Kraft, K. J., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2017). Theoretical perspectives on increasing recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in the geosciences. Journal of Geoscience Education, 65(4), 563-576.  link >

Zamani-gallaher, E. M. (2017). Conflating Gender and Identity: The Need for Gender-Fluid Programming in Community Colleges. New Directions for Community Colleges, 2017(179), 89-99.  link >

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., Turner, F., Brown-Tess, K., & Thrill, C. (2017). Autobiographical Counternarratives from the Community College to the PhD. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 41(4-5), 326-328.  link >

Stevenson, T. N., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2016). Racialized and Gendered Experiences of African American Female Faculty at Public Community Colleges. In P. A. Pasque, N. Ortega, J. C. Burkhardt, & M. P. Ting (Eds.), Transforming Understandings of Diversity in Higher Education: Demography, Democracy, and Discourse Stylus Publishing.

Zamani-gallaher, E. M. (2016). Community Colleges and the Massification of Higher Education. In J. C. Shin, & P. Teixeira (Eds.), Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions (pp. 1-4). Springer.  link >

Zamani-gallaher, E. M., & Choudhuri, D. D. (2016). Tracing LGBTQ Community College Students’ Experiences. New Directions for Community Colleges, 2016(174), 47-63.  link >

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., Leon, R. A., & Lang, J. (2016). Study abroad as self-authorship: Globalization and reconceptualizing college and career readiness. In International Education at Community Colleges: Themes, Practices, and Case Studies (pp. 111-125). Palgrave Macmillan.  link >

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., & Bragg, D. D. (2015). Research, Policy, and Practice in Action: The Office of Community College Research and Leadership. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 39(10), 950-953.  link >

Dunklin, S. B., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2014). Veteran Education under the Obama Administration. In E. Zamani-Gallaher (Ed.), The Obama Administration and Educational Reform (pp. 273-289). (Advances in Education in Diverse Communities: Research, Policy and Praxis; Vol. 10). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd..  link >

Flowers, R. D., Luzynski, C., & Zamani-gallaher, E. M. (2014). Male Transfer Student Athletes and Schlossberg’s Transition Theory. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 8(2), 99-120.  link >

Kelsay, L. S., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (Eds.) (2014). Working With Students in Community Colleges: Contemporary Strategies for Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice. (An ACPA Co-Publication). Stylus Publishing.

Lewis, R. M., Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., & Bonapace, C. (2014). Older Adult Learning in Community Colleges: A New Wave of Adult Learners. In L. S. Kelsay, & E. M. Zamani-Gallaher (Eds.), Working With Students in Community Colleges: Contemporary Strategies for Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice Stylus Publishing.

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., Lester, J., Bragg, D. D., & Hagedorn, L. S. (Eds.) (2014). ASHE Reader Series on Community Colleges. (4 ed.) Pearson Learning Solutions.

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2014). Foreword. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 38(2-3), 104-105.  link >

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2014). Preface. In E. Zamani-Gallaher (Ed.), The Obama Administration and Educational Reform (pp. xix-xxii). (Advances in Education in Diverse Communities: Research, Policy and Praxis; Vol. 10). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd..  link >

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (Ed.) (2014). The Obama Administration and Educational Reform. (Advances in Education in Diverse Communities: Research, Policy and Praxis; Vol. 10). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.  link >

Graves, S. L., Stevenson, T. N., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2013). A Needle in a Haystack: The Search for African American female teachers in K–12 education. In E. M. Zamani-Gallaher, & V. C. Polite (Eds.), African American Females: Addressing Challenges and Nurturing the Future (pp. 79-101). Michigan State University Press.

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., & Polite, V. C. (Eds.) (2013). African American Females: Addressing Challenges and Nurturing the Future. Michigan State University Press.

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, 2011(155), 35-49.  link >

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., & Bazile, S. (2011). Multicultural Student Services at Community Colleges. In D. L. Stewart (Ed.), Multicultural Student Services on Campus: Building Bridges, Re-visioning Community (An ACPA Co-Publication). Stylus Publishing.

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., & Callaway, Y. (2010). The call for cultural adjustments in educating African American males: Implications for school counselors and leaders. In E. M. Zamani-Gallaher, & V. C. Polite (Eds.), The State of The African American Male (pp. 105-122). Michigan State University Press.

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., & Polite, V. C. (Eds.) (2010). The State of the African American Male. Michigan State University Press.

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., & Gorlova, I. (2009). A multiple streams analysis of the impact of globalization: Case of a Russian Community College. In Community College Models: Globalization and Higher Education Reform (pp. 453-479). Springer.  link >

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., Green, D. ON., Stovall, D., & Brown II, M. C. (2009). The Case for Affirmative Action on Campus: Concepts of Equity, Considerations for Practice. Stylus Publishing.

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M. (2007). The confluence of race, gender, and class among community college students: Assessing attitudes toward affirmative action in college admissions. Equity and Excellence in Education, 40(3), 241-251.  link >

Zamani-gallaher, E. M. (2004). Proprietary schools: Beyond the issue of profit. New Directions for Institutional Research, 2004(124), 63-79.  link >

Zamani-Gallaher, E. M., & Brown, M. C. (2003). Affirmative action in postsecondary educational settings: The historic nexus of meritocracy and access in US higher education. Higher Education Policy, 16(1), 27-38.  link >

Teaching

Dr. Zamani-Gallaher's approach towards instructional delivery and design are grounded in critical theory, more specifically, the organizing conceptual framework for her teaching is critical pedagogy as she finds it useful in engaging students in active learning, analytic thinking especially in terms of calling to question cultural hegemony. In her courses, she encourages students to challenge interest convergence and marginalization as well as policies and practices that oppress or act to suppress access and equity. She embraces central tenets of adult learning theory that values the experiences of students and the expertise they bring to the program. Hence, she seeks to develop scholars and educational leaders with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for helping to build learning communities within a global culturally pluralistic society.

Courses

The Community College (EOL 573)

The Community College (EOL 573) Meets synchronously on October 22, November 12, December 3 & 10

The Community College (EOL 573) Synchronous dates: October 22, November 12, December 3 & 10

The Community College (EPOL 558) 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. Synchronous dates: October 22, November 12, December 3 & 10

The Community College (EPOL 558) 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. This course meets synchronously on 10/23/20, 11/6/30, 11/20/20 from 2-4pm CST.

The Community College (HRD 501)