- Postsecondary access and retention for underrepresented populations
- College Readiness
- Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
- Community College Leadership
Drawing from frameworks in sociology and critical theory, my research centers on the experiences of traditionally underrepresented students in postsecondary education. I focus specifically on the topics of college readiness; persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education; and community college leadership. Each of these areas contributes to expanding postsecondary opportunities for underrepresented students and improving diversity across institutional contexts. I view this research as imperative for the continued advancement of social justice and equity in the United States.
As of July 2016, I serve as Head of the Graduate Division of Higher Education in the School of Education. I also coordinate the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP).
Below are some of my publications:
- Baber, L.D. (2015). Examining post-racial ideology in higher education. Teachers College Record, 114(2), p. 5-26.
- Baber, L.D., Fletcher, R.P., and Graham, E. (2015). Black Men attending community colleges: Examining an institutional approach towards equity. New Directions for Community Colleges, 22(1),1-11.
- Baber, L.D. (2015). Considering the interest-convergence dilemma in STEM education. Review of Higher Education, 38(2), 251-270.
Ph.D. Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University, 2007
M.Ed, Student Personnel Administration, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
HG ED 578: Students in American Higher Education
HG ED 582: The Comprehensive Community College
HG ED 666: Academic Issues and Cultures in Higher Education
HG ED 615H: Research Designs in Education