Spotlight: Dr. Natasha T. Turman

Dr. Natasha T. Turman

Dr. Natasha T. Turman joined the EDL Department this fall as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Dr. Turman teaches courses in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program and coordinates the EDL 151 course, The American University, for incoming undergraduate international students. As a critical scholar, Dr. Turman brings to the EDL community her commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and transformative teaching. Don Murray, Ph.D. student in the LCC program and EDL 151 Instructor, says, “I’ve come to know and respect Dr. Turman as a professor committed to improving the educational experience of our undergraduate students. Her smile and upbeat attitude are rivaled by her dogged commitment to strengthening the EDL 151 curriculum.”

Her interests cut across two distinct, yet complementary areas: gender and diversity in higher education and critical leadership education. A focus on gender examines how gendered systems of inequality and oppression continue to operate within higher education and through the practice of leadership. Critical leadership education explores the integration of critical perspectives to the study and development of leadership. Through the lens of diversity, who are excluded from the dominant narrative of leadership, what systemic processes maintain this exclusion, and how institutions of higher education can be a catalyst for change, are at the center of analysis. Most recently, she served as the project manager for the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, an international quantitative study measuring socially responsible leadership for college students. These targeted foci, coupled with Dr. Turman’s nine years of professional experience in student affairs, guides the pedagogical framework for the courses she teaches here at Miami such as, EDL 656F: Professional Development and Field Experience in Student Affairs and EDL 706: Organizational Theory & Leadership. Dr. Turman believes that the learning environment should be a space of possibility. For it is in these spaces that scholar-practitioners, researchers, and policymakers learn how to become leaders who can transgress, and affect change. Dr. Turman completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago in 2017. She holds a M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Spelman College.