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Amanda Nix

Graduate Research Assistant

Amanda Nix is a PhD candidate at Florida State University in the Sociology Department. Her research interests focus on contemporary issues facing higher education, including student loans, developmental education reform, service learning, and the reverse gender gap

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Brad Cox

Senior Research Associate

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…

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Chenoa Woods

Research Faculty

Dr. Chenoa S. Woods is a Research Faculty member on the quantitative team and has been with CPS since 2014. She earned her doctorate in Educational Policy and Social Context from University of California, Irvine in 2014, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology (2006) and a master’s degree in School Counseling (2009), both from California State University, Long Beach.

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Fengfeng Ke

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Ke’s research has been funded by National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and MacArthur Foundation. She has authored and co-authored many articles that have been published in academic journals such as Computers and Education, Educational Technology Research & Development, International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning,…

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Jamaal Harrison

Graduate Research Assistant

Jamaal A. Harrison is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Postsecondary Success. He is also a doctoral student in Florida State’s higher education program. His research interests include African American male social identity development, transgender students’ experiences in cisgender-normative contexts, and the historical effects the Transatlantic Slave Trade has had on modern-day African American students and education systems.

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Jenay Sermon

Graduate Research Assistant

Jenay Sermon is a graduate research assistant, providing support to the CPS Qualitative Team for the 2016 fall semester. She is also a doctoral candidate in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program.

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Keith Richard

Graduate Research Assistant

Keith Richard is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at Florida State University and he currently holds an M.S. in Sociology.

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Lara Perez-Felkner

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. Her research uses developmental and sociological perspectives to examine how young people’s social contexts influence their college and career outcomes.…

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Rebecca Brower

Research Faculty

Dr. Rebecca L. Brower is a Research Faculty member at the Center for Postsecondary Success. Her research focuses on diversity policies in higher education and how those policies facilitate student encounters with difference. She enjoys mentoring students in research methods and has taught qualitative research methods at Florida State University.

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Sally R. Watkins

Graduate Research Assistant

Sally R. Watkins serves as a graduate research assistant on the CPS communications team. She is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. Her research interests include the history of leadership studies, socially responsible undergraduate leadership, and the experiences of college presidents.

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Samantha Nix

Graduate Research Assistant

Samantha Nix is a graduate research assistant providing administrative support to the CPS team. She is also a doctoral candidate in Florida State University’s (FSU) Higher Education program. Prior to her work with CPS, she served as a research assistant on projects measuring participation in…

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Shouping Hu

Center Director

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

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Sophia Rahming

Graduate Research Assistant

Sophia Rahming is currently a Doctoral student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Centre for Postsecondary Success.

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Tamara Bertrand Jones

Associate Director

Tamara Bertrand Jones currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The Florida State University.

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Toby Park

Associate Director

Toby Park is an Assistant Professor of Economics of Education and Education Policy, and Associate Director of the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University.

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Xinye Hu

Graduate Research Assistant

Xinye Hu is a graduate assistant in the quantitative team of CPS. She is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University (FSU). She earned her M.S. in Education Policy and Evaluation from the same department in 2016.

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