2018 News

College of Education Professor selected for ACPA Emerging Scholar Award

Tonisha Lane

Tonisha B. Lane, PhD

TAMPA, Fla. (January 9, 2018) – College of Education Professor Tonisha B. Lane, PhD, was selected as an ACPA-College Student Educators International (ACPA) Emerging Scholar designee as part of the organization’s 2018 class.  

Dr. Lane is an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs in the College of Education’s department of Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career & Higher Education. She has more than 10 years of higher education and student affairs experience in areas including STEM and TRIO programs, academic advising, retention initiatives, and a recent consultancy with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education. 

ACPA is a leading association of higher education and student affairs researchers and practitioners whose members represent 1,200 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world. The Emerging Scholars Program supports, encourages and honors early-career individuals who are emerging as contributors to student affairs and higher education scholarship and who are pursuing research initiatives congruent with the mission, interests and strategic goals of the ACPA.

Dr. Lane will receive a research grant from the ACPA to fund an empirical research investigation on Black women pursuing STEM doctoral degrees at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) in the southeastern region of the United States during her time in the program. Her research agenda broadly examines diversity, equity, and inclusion in postsecondary education, focusing on both investigating the experiences and outcomes of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines and on Blacks in higher education.

As a part of the program activities, she will also serve as a Scholar in Residence for the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) and co-coordinate with a senior scholar a session for aspiring scholar practitioners interested in contributing to scholarship and practice.