OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

Nicole Marie DelMastro-Jeffery






Office of Community College Research and Leadership
51 Gerty Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Nicole Marie DelMastro-Jeffery

Research Assistant

Nicole DelMastro-Jeffery is a doctoral student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, with a concentration in higher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests center on undergraduate student experiences to and through math pathways amid the COVID pandemic.

DelMastro-Jeffery's professional experience includes a decade of education equity work in higher education administration, student services, and program coordination in both the two- and four-year college sectors. Before joining OCCRL, she served as a community college research assistant, TRIO advisor, UIUC academic advisor, faculty member, and higher education administrator for students pursuing graduate degrees in the field of public health.


  • Ph.D., Student in Higher Education, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.Ed., Higher Education Organization and Leadership at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S.W., American Social Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • A.A., Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences at Long Beach Community College