Assistant Professor in Deaf Studies at California State University, Northridge
2014 Iowa State University School of Education graduate
As a multiple award-winning scholar and educator, Lissa Stapleton began her career as a faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi in the Higher Education program. She is now an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge in the Deaf Studies Department, and her research focuses on the intersection of race, gender, and Deaf experiences in higher education. She has already been recognized by organizations such as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Association of Blacks in Higher Education for her superior scholarship.
Stapleton credits Iowa State with the opportunities to learn from some of the best scholars in her field, to learn and practice teaching pedagogy, and the opportunity to attend conferences, connect with scholars across the country, and present her work. This foundation has not only prepared her to take on leadership roles, but also to move forward towards her goals.
Her peers would describe her as intellectually critical and curious, goal-oriented, and driven. These characteristics are certainly reflected in her career goals, as Stapleton plans to convert her dissertation into several journal articles, actively find ways to apply her research in higher education and the Deaf community, and obtain a Fulbright Fellowship. Stapleton says the things she enjoys the most about her career include a love of teaching and engaging with students, finding creative ways to work with student affairs practitioners, and wondering, questioning, and writing for a living.
When asked about the preparation she received at Iowa State, Stapleton said, “ISU taught me the importance of critical research to help examine and inform solutions to issues of inequity in education. I learned the value of staying connected and relevant to my field through conference presentations and attendance. Lastly, it was through the support, mentorship, and collaborations with my peers at ISU that I feel most prepared to strive for my goals and make a real impact on my field and the world.”
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