LaWanda Ward

LaWanda Ward
Phone: 814-863-3774
Office Address:
405F Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park

Title

Assistant Professor of Education
Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education

Department

Education Policy Studies

Centers

Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)

Programs

Higher Education

Biography

Dr. LaWanda Ward’s commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion in higher education is influenced by her family of educators. Her mother, a 1st grade teacher for almost 30 years, who marched during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Ward’s research agenda centers on critically analyzing legal issues in higher education including race-conscious admissions, free speech, and academic freedom.

            For over 20 years prior to joining the professoriate, Dr. Ward served as a student affairs educator in various roles. She was introduced to higher education administration as a residence life graduate assistant and later as a residence hall director at Illinois State University and Old Dominion University, respectively. As Director of Pro Bono & Public Interest at her alma mater, Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Dr. Ward coached law students and alumni seeking traditional and non-traditional legal careers. Additionally, she established and maintained productive working relationships with community agencies to ensure law students received rewarding and challenging opportunities to gain pro bono experience.

            Previously, Dr. Ward was an Assistant Professor at Ohio University. She earned a PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs with an Interdisciplinary Minor in Socio-Legal Perspectives on Race & Gender in Higher Education from Indiana University, JD from Indiana University McKinney School of Law, MS in Educational Administration from Old Dominion University, MA in Political Science from Illinois State University, and a BA in Political Science from Murray State University.

 

Areas of Expertise

Higher Education

Higher Education

Methodological Research

Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Civil Rights and Education
Education and Law
Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues

Courses Taught

HIED 849 Legal Issues in Higher Education

HIED 560 Higher Education and the Law