Benita Barnes

Associate Professor
Director of Diversity Advancement
Social Justice Education Concentration Coordinator

Benita Barnes is an associate professor in the department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration. Barnes is also the Director of Diversity Advancement for the College of Education.

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(413) 545-1083
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N180 Furcolo

Chrystal George Mwangi

Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator, Higher Education
Research Affiliate, Center for Student Success Research

Dr. George Mwangi is an assistant professor in higher education. Her scholarship broadly centers on 1) structures of opportunity and educational attainment for underrepresented populations along the P-20 education pipeline; 2) impacts of globalization and migration on U.S. higher education at the student, institution, and policy levels; and 3) African and African Diaspora populations in higher education.

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(413) 545-0747
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N174 Furcolo

Shane Hammond

Graduate Program Director

Shane Hammond is a lecturer for the department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration. Hammond is a demonstrated scholar-practitioner in Higher Education with progressively responsible and diverse experience in Student Affairs administration and leadership, including human resource management, policy analysis, strategic planning and assessment and the application of student-centered, high impact retention and completion practices.

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(413) 545-7680
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W114 Furcolo

Kate Hudson

Senior Lecturer
Director of Program Development

Kate Hudson is a senior lecturer for the department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration. Hudson is also the Director of Program Development for the College of Education.

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(413) 577-3148
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N182 Furcolo

Ezekiel Kimball

Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Center for Student Success Research


B.A. - University of Southern Maine (2005)
M.S. - University of Southern Maine (2008)

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(413) 545-2510
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N168 Furcolo

Ryan Wells

Associate Professor
Director, Center for Student Success Research

Ryan Wells is associate professor and program coordinator for the higher education concentration. He earned his PhD in higher education from the University of Iowa in 2008. Wells primarily investigates questions of college access, equity, and success for underrepresented and/or under-researched groups. Topics for recent research include the ways that socioeconomic status, disability, and geographic location are related to college success.

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(413) 545-0871
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N172 Furcolo

Associated Faculty

Elisabeth Bennett

Adjunct Lecturer

Elisabeth E. Bennett, Ph.D, is an adjunct lecturer for the Higher Education leadership Graduate Certificate program. Bennett is an assistant teaching professor with Northeastern's doctor of education program, where she teaches organizational leadership, adult learning, communication, organizational culture, and research courses. Her scholarship has focused on organizational culture and virtual human resource development, and increasingly informal learning.

David Caruso

Adjunct Lecturer - Higher Education Leadership

David Caruso is an adjunct lecturer for the Higher Education leadership Graduate Certificate program.

Elizabeth Williams

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Director of Survey and Evaluation Research

Elizabeth Williams is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration. Williams is also the Director of Survey and Evaluation Research.

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(413) 545-0736
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252 Whitmore

Susan Wyckoff

Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Wyckoff has an extensive background in higher education administration, particularly in the areas of academic policy development and implementation, faculty development, curriculum development, and program review/assessment activities.


Genia Bettencourt

Graduate Assistant
Coordinator, Center for Student Success Research

Genia Bettencourt is a higher education doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include the experiences of marginalized students within higher education in relation to social class, race, gender, and ability, college access, and student activism. Genia has a background in student affairs and social justice education, with work experience in residential life, student leadership, and pre-college programs.

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119N Furcolo Hall
813 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA, 01002