Dr. Jason K. Wallace is a higher education researcher and practitioner. As a critical qualitative scholar, his research centers on issues of equity and inclusion in higher education investigating the systemic and institutional forms of oppression that impact students who hold minoritized identities. Specifically, Dr. Wallace's scholarship addresses three major research strands: 1) equity and justice for Black students and professionals in higher education, 2) first-generation student experiences through a critical race and asset-based lens and, 3) the use of culturally-relevant qualitative research methods in higher education inquiry. Having presented over thirty peer-reviewed conference presentations at international, national, and regional conferences, Dr. Wallace seeks to educate higher education scholars and practitioners about the inimitable experiences of minoritized students at historically white institutions.
Prior to pursuing his doctorate full-time, Dr. Wallace worked in Multicultural Services and Programs at the University of Georgia where he served as assistant director and interim director. Additionally, he worked professionally at Emory University, the University of North Texas at Dallas, Texas Christian University, and Tarrant County College. One of his proudest accomplishments is co-founding @FirstGenDocs, a virtual platform that seeks to affirm the experiences, amplify the voices, and celebrate the brilliance of first-generation doctoral students. As a Black first-generation college student, Dr. Wallace seeks to strengthen the pipeline to graduate education for first-generation college students of Color. His dissertation, titled "The ancestors are watching; make them proud": Narratives exploring Black first-generation doctoral recipients’ use of cultural capital at non-Black serving institutions, highlights the cultural wealth that Black first-generation students possess and contribute to higher education.
Dr. Wallace holds a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas - his hometown. He received a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Administration and a graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies from the Mary Frances Early College of Education at the University of Georgia. In his free time, Dr. Wallace enjoys connecting with family and friends, attending music festivals, watching reality television, and playing with his dog, Cornell.