Talia K. Carroll

Talia CarrollTalia K. Carroll is a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Higher Education program, with a cognate in Sociology.  Ms. Carroll obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from her beloved alma mater, the University of Oklahoma.  While there, she was selected for two highly selective programs.  As a Gates Millennium Scholar (inaugural year) and Ronald E. McNair Scholar, she engaged in meaningful professional and academic development opportunities, which have led her to where she is today.  She recalls loving the idea of gaining new knowledge that might support her career goals, and she happily remembers the process in which she began to feel as if Higher Education had chosen her.  Ms. Carroll describes this as experience as the process of operationalizing her passion to not only support educational access for future students through her own career trajectory, but an embodiment of her mission to give back to her communities.

Her post-graduate experience further solidified her love and passion for higher education, but more specifically for working with and serving students.  As an AmeriCorps State member in Austin, Texas, at a non-profit college coaching program, she served as the College Retention Coordinator.  She recalls sincerely appreciating building relationships with the students and feeling proud knowing that they would be the leaders of our country.

After a year in Texas, she journeyed to State College where over the years, she worked full-time in Student Affairs, served as an appointed member for the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity, chair of the education committee for the Forum on Black Affairs, worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Graduate Educational Equity, as well as College of Agriculture’s Multicultural Programs office, led her program’s Higher Education Student Association, and recently completed service to the Graduate Student Council as the Faculty Council Liaison.  Her experiences have been broad and appreciated.  She said, “every experience I’ve had has aided in shaping who I am and who I want to be in the future.”

Currently, she works as a Graduate Research Assistant as a member of the qualitative assessment team for the Millenium Scholars Program at Penn State. Broadly speaking, Ms. Carroll’s dissertation research examines the experiences of academically talented, historically underserved undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). While her dissertation research focuses on undergraduates in STEM, her research program explores three areas: 1) the access and success of underserved populations in higher education, 2) graduate student leadership, and 3) undergraduate and graduate student peer mentorship.

Ms. Carroll hopes to employ her passion, and demonstrated commitment to Higher Education in her role as a future faculty member and/or upper-level administrator.

Favorite Quote:

"A wise person speaks carefully and with truth, for every word that passes between one's teeth is meant for something." -Molefi Kete Asante