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


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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 


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