Faculty Profiles

Dr. Tonisha Lane

Dr. Tonisha B. Lane, Assistant Professor, Higher Education & Student Affairs

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Email: tblane@usf.edu

Dr. Lane is an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs (HESA) in the department of Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career & Higher Education (LCACHE). She received her PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education with a graduate certificate in Urban Education from Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Lane has served in a number of administrative roles and settings including residence life, multicultural engineering programs, TRIO programs, MSU’s Neighborhood Initiative, Wayne County Community College District’s Educational Affairs and Distance Learning, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

Dr. Lane’s research agenda broadly examines diversity, equity, and inclusion in postsecondary education. Her primary research strand investigates the experiences and outcomes of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Using qualitative methodologies, she has explored access and success for underserved students of color in STEM and STEM intervention programs. Her research agenda seeks to understand the nuances and complexities of participation and persistence in these fields and develop new models for explaining such phenomena. Her secondary research strand focuses on Blacks in higher education. Most recently, Dr. Lane served as a PI on the national Black Doctoral Women Study (BDWS). Furthermore, Dr. Lane’s research and scholarship aims to advance inclusive and transformative policies and practices.

Dr. Lane has presented her research at major conferences including American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), ACPA-College Student Educators International, and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). She has also been the recipient of several honors including 2014 Division J Emerging Scholar (AERA), 2014 King-Chavez-Parks Preparing Future Faculty Fellow (MSU), 2015 Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Fellow (AERA), 2017 ACPA Advocate Award, and a National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) Emerging Diversity Scholar.

Recent Publications:

Lane, T. B. (2016). Beyond academic and social integration: Understanding the impact of a STEM enrichment program on the retention and degree attainment of underrepresented students. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 15(3), ar39. doi: 10.1187/cbe.16-01-0070

Rincón, B. & Lane, T. B. (2017). Latinas in Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) at the intersections. Journal of Equity and Excellence in Education50(2), 182-195.

Recent Grants:

ACPA-College Student Educators International. Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies: A Phenomenological Study of Black Women in Doctoral Programs across the U.S. Principal Investigator. September 2016-September 2017; $500

USF New Researcher Grant. Constructing Engineering Identities: A Grounded Theory Study of Women in Engineering. Principal Investigator. May 1, 2017-April 30, 2018; $10,000