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CWI Directorate Members - 2019-2020

Kirsten T. Edwards, PhD

University of Oklahoma

Kirsten T. Edwards Williams is the Linda Clarke Anderson Presidential Professor and Associate Department Chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, as well as a core affiliate faculty for African and African American Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, Oklahoma. Dr. Williams is interested in the ways that socio-cultural identity and context influence teaching and learning in post-secondary education.

Chelsea H. Lyles

Virginia Tech

Chelsea H. Lyles is a doctoral candidate in higher education at Virginia Tech. She is a graduate research assistant in engineering education supervised by David Knight studying graduate student funding in STEM fields. Previously, she served as a graduate assistant for assessment and professional development in student affairs at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include issues of equity in higher education administration and finance, academic labor, and graduate education, and she recently published in the Journal of Education Finance. She holds a MBA from Lynchburg College and a BA from Mars Hill College.

Valerie J. Thompson

University of Oklahoma

Valerie is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Comprehensive Alcohol Education Program at the University of Oklahoma. She serves as an adjunct professor teaching Women’s Studies and Educational Planning at Rose State Community College. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Adult and Higher Education program within the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department. She holds a MS in College Student Personnel and Administration from Illinois State University, a BS in Psychology and a BA in Spanish from Friends University. Her research interests include compassion fatigue and burnout in Black Women who work as Staff within Higher Education.

Nancy Wong

Brookings Executive Education

Nancy Wong is a Policy Program Coordinator at Brookings Executive Education where she currently coordinates public policy programs for federal government executives and corporate partnerships. Prior to this role, she previously worked at the Center for Leadership and Social Change at Florida State University, the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center at the University of Connecticut, and College Forward in Austin, Texas.She received a BA from Pennsylvania State University and a MA in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut.

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