Joy Gaston Gayles, a professor of higher education in the NC State College of Education, has been elected as an at-large member to the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), an organization with over 2,100 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study. Peers across the nation elected her to the board.
Gaston Gayles joined the NC State College of Education faculty in 2007. Her research focuses on the college student experience and how those experiences impact desired outcomes of undergraduate education, particularly for student-athletes as well as women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.
Her research has been published in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Journal of College Student Development, among others. She has also been quoted in numerous national news publications, including most recently in The Washington Post about her research on intercollegiate athletics. In 2017, she co-authored a study on the experiences of Black faculty at predominantly white institutions.
In addition, Gaston Gayles has chaired or served on the dissertation committees of 13 women of color. For the past three years, she also has served as a faculty coach for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity through which she has coached 64 faculty through a 12-week mentoring program. The College Student Educators International Association selected her as Diamond Honoree for her research and scholarship. The Ohio State University recognized her with a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. Earlier this year she received the 2018 Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Award.