Aireale Joi Rodgers
Aireale Joi Rodgers

Aireale Joi Rodgers

Cohort: 2018

B.S., Northwestern University, Education and Social Policy
M.A., Northwestern University, Learning Sciences

Contact info

ajrodger@usc.eduPhone: 312-608-0728



Higher Education

Research Interest

Pedagogical and institutional change in higher education; Faculty professional development; equitable pedagogy in higher education; Ecological approaches to higher education reform; Analyses of white serving institutions of higher education

Aireale Joi Rodgers

Aireale Joi Rodgers is a research assistant in the Pullias Center for Higher Education and a Ph.D. student in the Urban Education Policy policy at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on affecting pedagogical and institutional change at white serving institutions of higher education (WSIs) as it relates to equity, justice, diversity, and inclusion. Mainly, she is interested in the development of inclusive and expansive classroom learning environments at WSIs through the design and evaluation of faculty professional development experiences. Aireale holds a B.S. in Social Policy and an M.A. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. 

When not thinking about intersectionality and equity in higher education, Aireale is volunteering at her church, hosting dinner parties at her home, or scouring books by fantastic womyn of color, like bell hooks, Audre Lorde, and Gloria Anzaldúa, for inspiration.


Professional Experience:

Research Assistant, Pullias Center for Higher Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, August 2018 - Present

Program Coordinator, The Graduate School, Northwestern University,  September 2015 - August 2017

Founding Dean of Operations, Foundations College Prep, January 2014 - May 2015

Assistant, National Community Partnerships Team, Teach For America, June 2012 - April 2014

Assistant, Educational Leadership Initiatives, Teach For America, September 2011-June 2012

Honors and Awards:

Alumni Leadership Award, School of Education & Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2018

Wildcat Excellence Award in Service, Northwestern University, 2018

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