2022 Presidential Podcast Series

About the 2022 Season

Our global society has experienced a historic and debilitating health pandemic that heightened issues of justice and inequality that already existed throughout all microcosm of society, including education. We find ourselves at another historic inflection point in the aftermath of what we hope was the worst of the global pandemic. The trauma and hurt we have experienced over the last two and a half years and centuries before now require healing and new, liberating approaches to being, doing, and knowing. 

In this podcast series, co-hosts Drs. Felecia Commodore and Royel Johnson invite scholar leaders to collectively think about what it means (and does not) to Humanize Higher Education, the conference theme and call to action ASHE 2022 President Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles has set for the membership of the 46-year-old association of higher education scholars. We hope to learn from invited scholars how to use, harness, and evoke humanizing values and practices to study educational problems.


Dr. Felecia Commodore
Associate Professor
Educational Foundations and Leadership
Old Dominion University

Dr. Royel M. Johnson
Associate Professor
Rossier School of Education
University of Southern California

Episode 1: Where do we start?

While the saying goes “easier said than done,” Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles has dedicated her professional career to humanizing higher education. In this first episode of the series Drs. Commodore and Johnson introduce the podcast series and discuss with Dr. Gaston Gayles her hopes for the podcast, ASHE, and higher education scholarship.


Dr. Joy Gaston Gayles
2022 President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education
Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor of Higher Education and Senior Advisor for the Advancement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Education at North Carolina State University


Suggested Media from Joy Gaston Gayles

Episode 2: Designing and Conducting Humanizing Research

In this episode, Podcast Series Co-hosts Drs. Felecia Commodore and Royel Johnson engage with scholars to understand the importance of designing and conducting ethically and morally responsible research that humanizes people and communities. 



Dr. Chayla Haynes Davison
Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration
Texas A&M University

Dr. Jessica Decuir-Gunby
Professor of Educational Psychology
University of Southern California Rossier School of Education
Dr. Jason Garvey
Friedman-Hipps Green and Gold Professor of Education for the Higher Education and
Student Affairs Administration Program
University of Vermont

Suggested Media 

  • Boote, D. N., & Beile, P. (2005). Scholars before researchers: On the centrality of the dissertation literature review in research preparation. Educational researcher34(6), 3-15.
  • DeCuir-Gunby, J.T., Chapman, T.K., & Schutz, P.A. (Eds.). (2019). Understanding critical race research methods and methodologies: Lessons from the field. NY: Routledge.
  • DeCuir-Gunby, J. T. (2020). Using critical race mixed methodology to explore the experiences of African Americans. Educational Psychologist, 55, 244-255.
  • Garvey, J. C. (2020). Exploring the role of emotions in assessing queer and trans collegians. In H. K. Ro & E. M. Broido (Eds.), Voices from the margins: Conducting inclusive assessment for minoritized students in higher education (New Directions for Student Services No. 169, pp. 75-85). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Garvey, J. C. (2017). Pedagogical pause: Uncovering the queerness of my classroom emotions. The Vermont Connection: The Student Affairs Journal of the University of Vermont, 38, 16-23.
  • Haynes, C., Joseph, N. M., Patton, L. D., Stewart, S., & Allen, E. L. (2020). Toward an understanding of intersectionality methodology: A 30-year literature synthesis of Black women’s experiences in higher education. Review of Educational Research, 90(6), 751-787.
  • Johnson, R.M. Strayhorn, T.L. (2022). Examining race and racism in Black men doctoral student socialization: A critical race mixed methods analysis. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance Online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000420
  • Savage, S.S., Johnson, R.M., Kenney, A.J., & Haynes, D.D. (2021) Perspectives on conducting humanizing and liberatory qualitative research with racially minoritized youth. Health Care9(10), 317. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9101317
  • Stewart, S., & Haynes, C. (2019). Black Liberation research: Qualitative methodological considerations. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 32(9), 1183-1189.
  • What more can I do? Exploration of critical advocacy research and decision points” featuring Dr. Penny Pasque

Episode 3: Humanizing a Post-COVID World

In this episode, Podcast Series Co-hosts Drs. Commodore and Johnson engage with scholars to discuss the issues we’re facing in higher education (and beyond)--“the great resignation,” burn out, and overall dehumanizing working conditions–and how we can humanize a Post-COVID workplace for faculty, staff, and students.



Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry
Associate Professor & Director,
Museum of Education & Interim Associate  
Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
University of South Carolina

Dr. Kevin R. McClure
Murphy Distinguished Scholar of Education   
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Jonathan (Jon) Okstad
Research Associate
Loyola University Chicago 


Suggested Media


Episode 4: Humanizing Underserved Communities through an Institution's Mission

In this episode, Podcast Series Co-hosts Drs. Commodore and Johnson engage with scholars of institutions who have missions to serve the underserved and to better understand what “servingness” truly means. 



Dr. Gina Ann Garcia                                          
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher
Associate Dean and Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Executive Director, Council for the Study of Community Colleges

Suggested Media

  • Garcia, G. A. (2023). Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity & Justice. Johns Hopkins University Press. 
  • Garcia, G. A. (2020). Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Practice: Defining “Servingness” at HSIs. Information Age Publishing.
  • Anderson, T., Briggs, A., Spaulding, S., Zamani-Gallaher, E., & López, D. (2021). Racial and ethnic equity gaps in postsecondary career and technical education. Urban Institute.
  • 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), 1-22.


Episode 5: Humanizing the Fight for Racial Truth Telling in Schools

In this episode, Podcast Series Co-hosts Drs. Commodore and Johnson talk with scholars and those on the front lines of the push back against empowering the next generation and restricting factual teaching in K-12 and beyond.



Ka'Dijah Brown
Berkeley Unified School District                  
Board of Education    

Dr. Lori Patton Davis
Professor and Department Chair             
The Ohio State University
Dr. Camika Royal
Associate Professor of Urban Education
Loyola University, Maryland

Suggested Media

  • Patton, L. D. (2016). Disrupting postsecondary prose: Toward a critical race theory of higher education. Urban Education, 51(3), 315-342.
  • Patton, L. D., & Haynes, C. (2020). Dear White people: Reimagining Whiteness in the struggle for racial equity. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 52(2
  • Royal, C. (2022). Not Paved for Us: Black Educators and Public School Reform in Philadelphia. Harvard Education Press.
  • Royal, C., & Gibson, S. (2017). They schools: Culturally relevant pedagogy under siege. Teachers College Record, 119(1), 1-25.
  • López, F., Molnar, A., Johnson, R.M, Patterson, A., Ward, L., & Kumashiro, K. (2021). Understanding the Attacks on Critical Race Theory. National Education Policy Center.
  • López, F., Johnson, R. M., Patterson, A. N., & Ward, L. W. How Do Education Researchers Contest the Anti-Critical Race Theory Propaganda?. Teachers College Record.

Episode 6: Where do we go from here?

In this episode, Podcast Series Co-hosts Drs. Commodore and Johnson end this season with discussing takeaways and lessons learned from panelists over the season as well as invite in higher education scholars who are humanizing historically dehumanized people within higher education.



Dr. Sonja Ardoin

    Dr. Wayne Black        Dr. Katie Koo
Dr. OiYan Poon    Dr. Stephen Santa-Ramirez Dr. TJ Stewart
  Dr. Stephanie Waterman  

Suggested Media

  • Ardoin, S. (2019). Straddling class in the academy: 26 stories of students, administrators, and faculty from poor and working-class backgrounds and their compelling lessons for higher education policy and practice. Stylus Publishing, LLC.
  • Ardoin, S., & McNamee, T. C. (2020). Spatial inequality and social class: Suggestions for supporting rural students across social class backgrounds. New Directions for Student Services2020(171-172), 37-46.
  • Black, W. L., & Gray, K. L. (2022). Using Esports to Amplify Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Shifting the Narrative. In Understanding Collegiate Esports (pp. 21-32). Routledge.
  • Johnson, R. M. (2021). The state of research on undergraduate youth formerly in foster care: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education14(1), 147.
  • Johnson, R. M., Alvarado, R. E., & Rosinger, K. O. (2021). What’s the “problem” of considering criminal history in college admissions? A critical analysis of “ban the box” policies in Louisiana and Maryland. The Journal of Higher Education92(5), 704-734.
  • Jones, W. A., & Black, W. L. (2021). Basketball’s Black Tax? An Examination of Historically Black College and University Men’s Basketball Guarantee Game Compensation. Journal of Sport Management1(aop), 1-12.
  • Koo, K. K., Yao, C. W., & Gong, H. J. (2021). “It is not my fault”: Exploring experiences and perceptions of racism among international students of color during COVID-19. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.
  • Koo, K., Kim, Y. W., Lee, J., & Nyunt, G. (2021). " It's My Fault": Exploring Experiences and Mental Wellness Among Korean International Graduate Students. Journal of International Students11(4), 790-811.
  • Poon, O. A., & Segoshi, M. S. (2018). The racial mascot speaks: A critical race discourse analysis of Asian Americans and Fisher vs. University of Texas. The Review of Higher Education42(1), 235-267.
  • Poon, O. A., Garces, L. M., Wong, J., Segoshi, M., Silver, D., & Harrington, S. (2019). Confronting misinformation through social science research: SFFA v. Harvard. Asian Am. LJ26, 4.
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (2022). A Sense of Belonging: The People and Counterspaces Latinx Undocu/DACAmented Collegians Use to Persist. Education Sciences12(10), 691.
  • Santa-Ramirez, S. (2022). Their Mere Existence Is Resistance: Undocu/DACAmented Collegians' Resisting Subordination in Turbulent Times. The Review of Higher Education
  • Shotton, H., Lowe, S. C., & Waterman, S. J. (Eds.). (2013). Beyond the asterisk: Understanding Native students in higher education. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Stewart, T. J. (2021). “Dear higher education, there are sex workers on your campus”: Rendering visible the realities of US college students engaged in sex work. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.
  • Stewart, T. J., & Breeden, R. L. (2021). “Feeling good as hell”: Black women and the nuances of fat resistance. Fat Studies10(3), 221-236.
  • Waterman, S. J. (2019). New research perspectives on Native American students in higher education. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 5(1), 60‑80.