PhD candidate Constance Iloh to join UC Irvine SOE faculty after graduating in spring

Constance Iloh

Constance Iloh

Constance Iloh, PhD candidate and researcher in the Pullias Center for Higher Education, will be joining the University of California, Irvine School of Education as an assistant professor of higher education. While only on the job market a few months, Iloh received two job offers in December from top research institutions. At UC Irvine, she will begin her appointment on July 1, 2015. Joining Iloh as incoming higher education faculty members are Rachel Baker of Stanford University and Di Xu of Columbia University.

Iloh’s research agenda addresses two primary areas: equity, access and the experiences of underserved student groups in postsecondary education; and (2) privatization in higher education. Iloh has published several peer-reviewed empirical studies that pertain to underrepresented students in the for-profit and community college sector and recently conducted a seven-month ethnography of an enterprise for-profit college. Her latest project is a yearlong qualitative study involving 60 participants that explores black student college-choice to the for-profit higher education sector.

In addition to maintaining a productive research agenda, Iloh’s expertise has been sought after in numerous scholarly and policy arenas. Last year she participated in an invited lecture at the Hammer Museum on “the Privatization of Education”; served as guest panelist on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans’ discussion on college affordability; and gave an invited lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Iloh has also been quoted in both Inside Higher Ed and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. Just last week, The Chronicle quoted Iloh in an article about President Barack Obama’s free community college proposal. Her perspective was supplemented with a link to her published study in Teachers College Record, “Understanding For-Profit College and Community College Choice through Rational Choice,” and co-authored with William G. Tierney, Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education at USC Rossier and co-director of the Pullias Center.

“Constance’s work is innovative, sophisticated and thoughtful,” says Tierney. “We both have learned a lot working with one another, and I’m sure our collaborations will continue as she starts her new career just down the freeway from us. She may become an Anteater, but she’ll always be a member of the Trojan Family.”

While it is bittersweet to see her time at USC coming to an end, we are excited as Constance Iloh continues her brilliant future at the University of California, Irvine!