Constance Iloh PhD ’15 awarded prestigious UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Dr. Constance Iloh

Constance Iloh PhD ’15 has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 UC Chancellor’ s Postdoctoral Fellowship. After receiving tenure-track faculty job offers in December 2014 from top research institutions, Iloh accepted a position as an assistant professor of higher education at the UC Irvine School of Education beginning July 2015. With the announcement of her selection as a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient in March, Iloh will defer her faculty appointment start date to fall 2016 and serve as a UC Chancellor’s ADVANCE Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2015–16 academic year.

Attracting applicants from across the nation for scarce awards, the UC Chancellor’s Fellowship (a part of the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program) is one of the most prestigious and competitive postdoctoral fellowships in the nation. Each fellowship recipient is based at a University of California institution during their fellowship. Iloh’s year as a UC Chancellor’s fellow will be spent at UC Irvine advancing her research agenda, which explores the changing landscape of higher education and how this impacts access, equity and experiences of underserved student groups. She has published several articles on for-profit higher education, community colleges and qualitative inquiry. During this fellowship in particular, Iloh will examine higher education pathways for adult students.

During her time as a UC Chancellor’s fellow, Iloh will have UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of Education Jacquelynne Eccles and UCLA Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Education Patricia McDonough as mentors.

Eccles shared, “I am so honored to be one of Dr. Iloh’s UC Chancellor’s Fellowship mentors. She is an extraordinary scholar who will have a major influence on our understanding of postsecondary educational trajectories. I am looking forward to working with her with great anticipation.”

The announcement of Iloh’s selection is just one of many honors and achievements in her flourishing career. Recently, she became the first from Rossier to receive the USC PhD Achievement Award, the highest honor given to any USC PhD holder. She was also awarded the USC Rossier Dissertation Award of Merit for her yearlong exploration of Black student going to the for-profit higher education sector. She was also recently interviewed for National Public Radio (NPR), adding to her features and quotes in popular education outlets, such as Diverse Issues in Higher Education, who headlined her as a “Higher Ed Powerhouse,” the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. Continuing as a sought-after speaker in scholarly and policy arenas, in July, Iloh will serve as an invited speaker by ECMC for a panel discussion on vocational higher education in Denver.