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 received the 2018 Senior Scholar Award from the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) - College Educators International and 2017 Senior Scholar awardee of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). She is also an ACPA Diamond Honoree (2017) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred B. Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Awardee. 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 served as Director for Research and Scholarship for the ACPA (2015-2018).


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

Awards, Honors, Associations

Senior Scholar Award Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), 2017 - 2017

Diamond Honoree American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 2017 - 2017

Big Ten (CIC) Academic Leadership Fellow Big Ten Academic Alliance, 2016 - 2016

ASHE-CEP Mildred García Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 2009 - 2009

Senior Scholar Award American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 2018 - 2018

In Our News

Zamani-Gallaher named Senior Scholar of the American College Personnel Association (3/22/2018)

OCCRL expands its research-based outreach to underserved populations (10/16/2017)

Is affirmative action in college admissions under threat? EPOL scholar discusses issue (8/23/2017)

Trump’s proposed policies could hurt college access for low-income students, scholar says (4/12/2017)

Zamani-Gallaher first person of color to receive CSCC Senior Scholar honor (4/11/2017)

OCCRL director selected as ACPA Diamond Honoree (11/9/2016)

Professor researching Hispanic students in STEM via NSF grant (9/21/2016)

Pathways to Results Grant Announcement (8/23/2016)

Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher featured as an expert in WalletHub's "2016's Best & Worst Community Colleges" article (8/23/2016)

Will free SATs improve higher-education equity in Illinois? (8/8/2016)

Professor says unlocking opportunities for inmates through postsecondary engagement is crucial (5/23/2016)

Education alumni spearhead improved Hispanic retention at local community college (12/22/2015)

Weighing in on the new iteration and limitations of College Scorecard (10/7/2015)

Legislators striving to close achievement gap, work remains (2/18/2015)

Obama's education policies examined in new book edited by EPOL professor (12/19/2014)

Professors contribute to new book on the missions and challenges of two-year colleges (11/5/2014)

New faculty members of College to help prepare, lead, and connect with students in classrooms and online (9/17/2014)


Rockey, M., Fox, H., & Zamani-Gallaher, E. (2018) Exploring the Implementation of Reverse Transfer in Illinois Office of Community College Research and Leadership: Champaign, IL, USA  link >

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 >


Increasing Completion (2014). American Association of Community Colleges.


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 - 2018


ASHE Awards Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 2017 - 2019

ACPA Director of Research and Scholarship American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 2016 - 2018

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 2017 - present

Journal of Critical Thought & Praxis Advisory Board Member Journal of Critical Thought & Praxis, 2012 - 2017

Journal of Higher Education, 2016 - present

ASHE Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year (DOTY) Committee Chair Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 2014 - 2016

Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition Editorial Board Member Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2013 - 2016

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 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

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. Same as HRD 501.

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.

Thesis Proposal Seminar Assists doctoral candidates in planning field studies and thesis problems; students are expected to present their studies at each of four stages: (1) the inception, delimitation, tentative design stage; (2) the proposed design stage; (3) the revised design stage; and (4) the final design stage. Students are expected to analyze all presentations critically. Approved for S/U grading only.

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership



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

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