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Jason K. Wallace, Ph.D.


 My approach to education stands on the philosophical framework introduced by bell hooks (1994) in her groundbreaking work “Teaching to Transgress: Education as Freedom”. I believe “education is the practice of freedom” (hooks, 1994, p. 4); therefore, I encourage the co-construction of knowledge and seek to empower students to bring their perspective to the academy. I believe in modeling vulnerability and seek to create an environment built on equity and respect. 


Mississippi State University (MSU) 

Aug. 2023 - Present

Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership

College of Education

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) 

Apr. 2022 - Aug. 2023

Aug. 2020 - Aug. 2023

June 2020 - Aug. 2020

Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor

Assistant Professor of Higher Education

College of Education and Human Sciences

Adjunct Professor of Higher Education

College of Education and Human Sciences

University of Georgia (UGA)  

Jan. 2015 - Aug. 2020

Educational Research Professional

College of Pharmacy

Graduate Research Assistant

College of Pharmacy

Graduate Assistant

Mary Frances Early College of Education

Interim Director

Multicultural Services and Programs

Assistant Director

Multicultural Services and Programs

Senior Coordinator

Multicultural Services and Programs

Emory University (Emory) 

June 2018 - May 2019

Doctoral Intern (full-time)

Office of Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE)

Emory Integrity Project 

University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) 

Dec. 2012 - Dec. 2014

Assistant Director for Orientation and New Student Programs

Office of Student Affairs

Coordinator of New Student Orientation

Office of Student Affairs

Texas Christian University (TCU)

Feb. 2011 - Dec. 2012

Program Coordinator for Student Success

Inclusiveness & Intercultural Services

Tarrant County College District (TCCD)

Aug. 2010 - Feb. 2011

Student Development Associate

Student Development Services - South Campus


Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Emphasis: College Student Affairs Administration
University of Georgia


Graduate Certificate
Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies
University of Georgia


Master of Education 
Emphasis: Educational Administration
Texas Christian University


Bachelor of Science
Major: Advertising and Public Relations

Texas Christian University 


First-generation student experiences through a critical race and asset-based lens; first-generation graduate and doctoral students; Black students experiences at non-Black serving institutions; Black queer and trans student experiences; racial and ethnic identity development; colorism in higher education; equity and justice in higher education; indigenous and culturally-relevant qualitative methodologies; experiences of minoritized professionals in higher education.


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