OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

OCCRL Director - Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership; Director of OCCRL; Executive Director of CSCC

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership and Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL). She previously served as Associate Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership and Associate Dean of the Graduate College at 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. View her video below on social justice. Full biography >

OCCRL Core Staff

Krystal Andrews
Research Assistant
Jewel Bourne
Research Assistant
Esme Chang
Undergraduate Web Development Assistant
Visiting Assistant Professor
Assistant Director for Consulting and Public Engagement
Osly Flores
Assistant Professor, Educational Administration & Leadership
Jason Keist
Research Associate
Communications Manager
Nina Owolabi
Research Assistant
Lauren Provencher
Undergraduate Communications Intern
Marci Rockey
Assistant Director for Community College Relations and Research
Nidia Ruedas-Gracia
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
Research Associate

OCCRL Affiliates

Mauriell H. Amechi
Visiting Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University - College of Education and Professional Studies
Dr. Lorenzo Baber
Associate Professor in School of Education at Loyola University, Chicago
Dr. Helen Burn
Mathematics Professor and Director of the Curriculum Research Group at Highline College
Anne Cawley
Assistant Professor of Mathematics at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Jasmine D. Collins - bio
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in College of ACES at Illinois
Dr. Claire E. Crawford
BRIDGE Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE), School of Education, University of Birmingham
Dr. Jennifer Cromley
Professor, Educational Psychology
Dr. Asia Fuller Hamilton
Research Associate and Consultant on Equity Conscious Community College Pathways project
Dr. Matt Giani
Research Scientist, Office of Strategy and Policy at University of Texas at Austin
Monica Gonzalez Ybarra
Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at College of Education at Illinois
Edmund Graham
Minority Serving Institutions Coordinator for the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan
Holly Herrera
Associate Provost for Transfer Initiatives and Academic Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago
Jackson Jerlando - bio
Vilas Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Assistant Professor at Texas A&M
Royel M. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Penn State University
Heather McCambly
Consultant on Pathways to Results and Equity Conscious Community College Pathways project
Dr. Vilma Mesa
Associate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan
Brandi Neal
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern Indiana
Dr. George Reese
Director of the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE)
Michelle  Samet
Math Teacher, Henry Clay High School
Dr. Soko Starobin
Research Consultant/External Evaluator
Dr. Jason L. Taylor
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at University of Utah
Chauntee Thrill
Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Appalachian State University
Francena Turner
Postdoctoral Associate for Data Curation in African American History and Culture at Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
Dr. Anjalé D. Welton
OCCRL Senior Consultant and Professor at the University of Wisconsin
Dr. J. Luke Wood
Professor of Community College Leadership and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University
 Soua Xiong
Assistant Professor, Counseling Education, College of Health and Human Services at California State University - Fresno