Meet Our Faculty

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Cameron Beatty 

Assistant Professor

Dr. Cameron C. Beatty is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. Dr. Beatty teaches courses in the undergraduate leadership studies certificate as well as conducts research with the Leadership and Learning Research Center. Dr. Beatty's research foci includes exploring the intersections of gender and race in leadership education, leadership development of students of color on historically white college campuses, and global leadership education for undergraduate students. His recent publications center on topics that include: supporting undergraduate Black womyn through Sister Circles, gains in leadership capacity for high achieving Black men leaders, and supporting undergraduate men in leadership education through liberatory pedagogy. He is a scholar passionate about deconstructing race, systemic racism, and hegemonic masculinity in postsecondary education environments.

Prior to joining the faculty at Florida State University, Dr. Beatty was an assistant professor at Salem State University in the higher education student affairs graduate program. He was also the Coordinator and Lecturer for the Leadership Studies Program at Iowa State University, where he was not only responsible for  the administration of the certificate program, but also directed the Global Leadership Study Abroad Program to Sweden and the Vermeer International Leadership Program. Dr. Beatty has experience in fraternity and sorority advising, campus programming boards, and supervising academic peer mentors.  

Dr. Beatty was named a 2018-20 ACPA Emerging Scholar designee. He completed his Ph.D. at Iowa State University in the Higher Education Administration Program with a concentration in Social Justice in Higher Education in 2014. Cameron received a B.A. in Sociology and a M.S. in Higher Education Student Affairs, both from Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB).

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Tamara Bertrand Jones  

Associate Professor

Interim  Chair, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones currently serves as an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. Her research examines the sociocultural influences on socialization during graduate education and the professional experiences of underrepresented populations, particularly Black women, in academia. Her previous work as an administrator and program evaluator also influence her other research interests in culturally responsive assessment and evaluation.

She is a founder and past president of Sisters of the Academy Institute, an international organization that promotes collaborative scholarship and networking among Black women in the academy. She collaborated with fellow scholars to write Pathways to Higher Education for African American Women (Stylus Publishing) and Cultivating Leader Identity and Capacity in Students from Diverse Backgrounds (Jossey-Bass). She has also authored, solely and collaboratively referred journal articles.

She was awarded a McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. In 2013, she received a Transformation Through Teaching award from Florida State University’s Spiritual Life Project in recognition of playing a transformational role in a student’s academic life. She has taught courses on Diversity in Higher Education, Student Services in Higher Education, Outcomes of Higher Education, Institutional Research, and Literature Review and Professional Writing.

Dr. Bertrand Jones remains active in the campus and community by serving on numerous college and university committees and volunteering regularly. In 2012, she was inducted into the FSU chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. She was also named the 2009 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award from Florida State University for exemplifying outstanding service in keeping with the principles of Dr. King.

Dr. Bertrand Jones received her Doctor of Philosophy in Research and Evaluation Methods from Florida State University in 2006. Read Dr. Bertrand Jones's full bio here

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Brad Cox

Associate Professor
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Dr. Bradley E. Cox is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in Florida State University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where he is also a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS). Dr. Cox is also the Founder and Executive Director of the College Autism Network (CAN), a national non-profit organization dedicated to using evidence-based advocacy to improve experiences and outcomes for college students with autism.

Dr. Cox’s research on college student success has earned over $550,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the NASPA Foundation, the TG Public Benefit Program, and the Spencer Foundation. His work has been published in many of the field’s top-tier journals, including the Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development.

The College Autism Network (CAN) family of projects examine the systemic, institutional, and personal conditions that shape college access, experiences, and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum. The Linking Institutional Policies to Student Success (LIPSS) project sought to identify specific institution-wide policies that can be leveraged to increase college student engagement – a key predictor of student grades and persistence that is especially beneficial to underrepresented and academically under-prepared students.

Dr. Cox received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Penn State. Read Dr. Cox's full bio here


Kathy Guthrie

Associate Professor
Director, Leadership Learning Research Center

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Dr. Kathy Guthrie is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. In addition to teaching in the Higher Education program, Dr. Guthrie also serves as the director of the Leadership Learning Research Center and coordinates the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, which is a partnership between the College of Education and the Center for Leadership and Social Change. Her research focuses on the learning outcomes and environment of leadership and civic education, online teaching and learning, and professional development for Student Affairs Professionals.

Dr. Guthrie has authored several refereed journal articles, including “Creating a Meaningful Learning Environment: Reflection in Leadership Education” and “Liberal Studies: Leadership Education in the 21st Century.” Additionally, in 2016 she co-edited a New Directions in Higher Education issue titled “Reclaiming Higher Education’s Purpose in Leadership Development.” In 2013, she co-authored “Cultivating Leader Identity and Capacity in Students from Diverse Backgrounds.”

In her current role with Florida State University, she has taught courses in higher education including Introduction to Student Services, Leading Change in Higher Education, Practicum in Student Services, and Capstone in Higher Education. She has also taught courses in the undergraduate Leadership certificate including Leadership Theory and Practice, Leadership in Groups and Communities, Leadership and Change, and Leadership Experience. Over the course of her career, she has been honored with many awards, including the Transformation through Teaching Award (2015), Florida State University College of Education Teaching Award (2014), Association of College Personnel Administrators’ Emerging Scholar (2012), Seminole Faculty Award (2011), and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Contributions to Student Affairs through Teaching (2010).

Dr. Guthrie is an editorial board member of the Journal of Leadership Education and Journal of College and Character. Currently, Dr. Guthrie is the associate editor of the New Directions in Student Leadership series and editor of the Contemporary Perspectives in Leadership Learning book series. She also currently serves as the Chair for the Leadership Scholarship Member Interest Group in the International Leadership Association.

Dr. Guthrie received her Ph.D. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. Read Dr. Guthrie's full bio here. 


Shouping Hu

Founding Director, Center for Postsecondary Success

Dr. Shouping Hu is the Louis W. and Elizabeth N. Bender Endowed Professor of Higher Education and the founding director of the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS) at Florida State University.

Dr. Hu’s research interests examine issues related to postsecondary readiness, outcomes, and success. Dr. Hu has published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters and is the author of five books. He has secured, in total, about seven million dollars in funding support from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Regional Educational Laboratory-Southeast (REL-SE), NPEC/AIR, and other sources.

Dr. Hu teaches graduate-level courses in Higher Education Finance, International Perspectives in Higher Education, Research on College Students, and Student Success in College (online). He also taught courses such as Public Policy in Higher Education, Prospectus Development, State Education Policy, and American College Students, among others.

Dr. Hu has served as an editorial/advisory board member of Journal of Higher Education, Educational Researcher, Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and ASHE Higher Education Report Series. He has served as a standing member for the Systems and Broad Reform panel and the National Research and Development (R&D) Center panel for IES, as well as panel member for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

He received a B.S. degree in Geography in 1992 from Peking University. He earned his M.S. in Economics (1998) and his Ph.D. in Higher Education (2000) from Indiana University Bloomington. Read Dr. Hu's full bio here


Christine Mokher

Associate Professor

HESA Faculty Advisor

Dr. Christine G. Mokher is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in Florida State University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where she is also a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS). Her research examines state and local policies focused on college- and career-readiness and success, with a particular emphasis on student transitions from secondary to postsecondary education. The majority of her research studies use mixed methods, and she is a What Works Clearinghouse-Certified Reviewer in Group Design.

Dr. Mokher is currently serving as the Principal Investigator for a five-year, $4.6 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to evaluate Florida’s College and Career Readiness Initiative. The purpose of this study is to rigorously evaluate Florida’s statewide intervention that consisted of testing grade 11 students to determine their college readiness and offering math and English college readiness and success courses in grade 12 for students who did not test college-ready the year before. She is also a Co-PI on a multi-year project investigating developmental education reform in Florida, with funding from an IES research grant and from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Mokher holds a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. Her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including American Journal of EducationEducational Evaluation and Policy AnalysisJournal of Education FinanceResearch in Higher Education, and The Journal of Higher Education. The findings from her research have also been covered in more widely accessible media outlets such as ForbesEducation WeekEducation Daily, and Insider Higher Ed. At FSU, she teaches graduate courses in Public Policy in Higher Education, and Organization & Governance. Read Dr. Mokher's full bio here.


Lara Perez-Felkner

Assistant Professor

Chair, Higher Education program

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Sociology in the Higher Education Program within the College of Education at Florida State University. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Higher Education Research, Teaching, and Innovation (CHERTI) at FSU, an Alumni Fellow with Pathways to Adulthood, and a Research Affiliate of the Joint Centers for Education Research and Population Research Center at NORC at the University of Chicago. Most recently, she became a Senior Research Associate of FSU’s Center for Postsecondary Success.

Her research uses developmental and sociological perspectives to examine how young people’s social contexts influence their college and career outcomes. She focuses on the mechanisms that shape entry into and persistence in institutions and fields in which they have traditionally been underrepresented. In particular, she investigates racial-ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic disparities in post-secondary educational attainment and entry to scientific career fields. Dr. Perez-Felkner is leading an ASHE Higher Education Report on Women in STEM and has been published in Contemporary SociologyDevelopmental Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Latinos and Education, and Teachers’ College Record, as well in several edited volumes. Her research has been covered in the U.S., Europe, and Asia in news outlets including ABC News and National Public Radio affiliates, Bustle, Hindustan Times, Motherboard (Vice News), Science News for Students, U.S. News and World Report, and USA Today. Her research will be featured in a cable news special in spring 2018.

Dr. Perez-Felkner has professional experience in Student Affairs as well. At the University of Chicago, she served as a Resident Head in the College from 2006-2012 and on an NSF AGEP-supported Social Sciences Division Taskforce on Diversity for the Professoriate. While earning her B.A. at Wesleyan University, she also worked in residence life, admissions, and student leadership.

Dr. Perez-Felkner teaches graduate courses in Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education, Outcomes of Higher Education, and Applied Regression. Impressed by the enthusiasm and caliber of FSU students, she is currently collaborating with and supporting multiple graduate and undergraduate students involved in research on higher education policies and pathways to degrees. She received FSU’s Transformation through Teaching Award in 2014 and was a finalist for the FSU College of Education’s Robert M. Gagne Research Award (2015). Read Dr. Perez-Felkner's full bio here.


Bob Schwartz


Dr. Robert "Bob" Schwartz teaches courses in Higher Education and Student Affairs. He joined the Florida State faculty in 1998. He was previously at Valdosta State University in South Georgia, where he taught courses in educational research, and the University of South Carolina where he was a faculty member in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program.

Dr. Schwartz completed his doctoral work at Indiana University in 1990, earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with minors in American Studies and Women’s Studies. He completed his bachelor’s degree in English at Hanover College in Indiana and earned a master’s degree in student affairs at Ball State University in 1974. From 1974-1986, he was a student affairs practitioner at the University of North Dakota where he served as Assistant Dean of Students, Greek Adviser, Acting Director of Career Planning and Placement and worked with student activities, student discipline, student retention, new student orientation, crisis response, student advocacy, special student populations including Black, Native American, Women’s Programs, Disabled Student Programs, and a wide range of other duties as assigned. His research interests include issues of women and minorities in higher education, the history of higher education, and research on student concerns.

Dr. Schwartz is a recipient of the 2008 Faculty Seminole Award. This award is presented to a faculty member who is responsible for major contributions to the university through service to students and who has an exemplary attitude towards students, is enthusiastic about working with students, and extends themselves to help students. Read Dr. Schwartz's full bio here.