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Joy Gaston Gayles

Program Coordinator & Professor of Higher Education

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Joy Gaston Gayles is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. She teaches courses on college student development theories, student characteristics and college environments, foundations of research, and diversity issues in higher education. Before joining the faculty at NC State, Dr. Gayles was an assistant professor of higher education at Florida State University. She earned her doctorate in higher education administration from The Ohio State University. Her professional experiences include working as an academic advisor for student athletes and coordinator of student athlete advising at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the college student experience and how those experiences impact desired outcomes of undergraduate education, most notably for student athletes as well as women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. She is also interested in diversity, social justice, and equity issues. Some of her recent work in this area focuses on how individuals experience diversity in the curriculum and faculty experiences teaching diversity courses. Her work has been published in the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development. In addition, she serves on the editorial board for The Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice. In 2014 ACPA recognized Dr. Gayles as a Diamond Honoree for her contributions to higher education and student affairs.


Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Higher Education from The Ohio State University in 2002
Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University in 1998
Bachelor of Science in Adapted Physical Education and Kinesiotherapy from Shaw University in 1996

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Scholarly Publications

  • Gayles, J. G., & Ampaw, F. (in press). To stay or leave: Factors that impact undergraduate women’s persistence in science majors. Journal for Women in Higher Education
  • Gayles, J. G. (in press). Pay for play in intercollegiate athletics: A moral dilemma for higher education. NASAP Journal
  • Gayles, J. G. & Ampaw, F. (2014). The Impact of College Experiences on Degree Completion in STEM Fields at Four-year Institutions: Does Gender Matter? Journal of Higher Education, 84(5), 439-468.
  • Gayles, J. G. (2014). Engaging student athletes. In S. Harper & S. J. Quaye (Eds). Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Gayles, J. G. (Ed.). (2011). Attracting and Retaining Women in STEM. New Directions for Institutional Research, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Kelly, B. T., & Gayles, J. G. (2011). Resistance to racial/ethnic dialogue in graduate preparation programs: Implications for multicultural competence. College Student Affairs Journal, 29(1), 77-87.
  • Gayles, J. G., Bryant, A. N., & Davis, H. (2012). Civic responsibility and the student athlete: Validating a new conceptual model. Journal of Higher Education, 83(4),535-557.
  • Bryant, A. N., Gayles, J. G., & Davis, H. (2012). The relationship between civic behavior and civic values: A conceptual model. Research in Higher Education, 53(1), 76-93.
  • Howard-Hamilton, M., & Gayles, J. G. (2012). Theoretical Foundations. In G. McClellan, C. King, & D. Rockey (Eds.), Handbook of College Athletics and Recreation Administration. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
  • Gayles, J. G., & Hu, S. H. (2009). The influence of student engagement and sport participation on college outcomes among Division I student athletes. Journal of Higher Education, 80(3), 315-333.
  • Gayles, J. G. (2009). The student athlete experience. In J. Hoffman, & J. Antony (Eds.), Data-Driven Decision-Making In Intercollegiate Athletics. New Directions for Institutional Research. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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