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Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

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Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher

Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, Director of OCCRL

Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL). She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Community College Leadership and Educational Evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching, research, and consulting activities largely include psychosocial adjustment and transition of marginalized collegians, transfer, access policies, student development and services at community colleges.

Dr. Zamani-Gallaher is a recipient of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) Senior Scholar Award, is an ACPA Diamond Honoree and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred B. Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Awardee. Dr. Zamani-Gallaher served as president of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges and currently is Director for Research and Scholarship for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher research has been published in various journals and scholarly texts, including Equity and Excellence in Education, Higher Education Policy, and New Directions for Student Affairs. She has authored/edited seven books. Her most recent titles include Working with Students in Community Colleges: Contemporary Strategies for Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice (ACPA/Stylus Publishing), ASHE Reader Series on Community Colleges, Fourth Edition (Pearson Publications), and The Obama Administration and Educational Reform (Emerald Group Publishing).

Prior to joining the College of Education at Illinois, she previously held appointments as a faculty member at Eastern Michigan University and West Virginia University. Zamani-Gallaher was a former fellow at ACT, Inc. and Mathematica Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC. Dr. Zamani-Gallaher is Past-President of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges and is Director for Research and Scholarship for the American Association of Personnel Administrators. She currently serves as principal investigator for the Illinois Community College Board projects and PI for the National Science Foundation LSAMP funded Transfer and the Undergraduate STEM Pipeline at Two-year Hispanic Serving Institutions research. In addition, she is PI of NSF-IUSE Collaborative Research: Transitioning Learners to Calculus in Community Colleges (TLC3): Advancing Strategies for Success in STEM with colleagues Helen Burn, Vilma Mesa, and J. Luke Wood.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education Administration with Specialization in Community College Leadership and Educational Evaluation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., General Experimental Psychology, Western Illinois University
  • B.S., Psychology, Western Illinois University


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