Penny A. Pasque
Department Head of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development
Dr. Penny A. Pasque joined the NC State College of Education as head of the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development in July 2017. Previously, she was the Brian E. & Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professor and program area coordinator of Adult and Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She also served as a core faculty member for Women’s and Gender Studies in the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Social Justice. Pasque joined the University of Oklahoma’s Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education in 2007 as an assistant professor of adult and higher education and in 2012 was awarded tenure and promotion. She became the Brian E. & Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professor in 2015 and a full professor a year later. She has received over 15 research grants and dozens of awards throughout her academic career, including the Researcher of the Year Award and multiple Faculty of the Year awards from the University of Oklahoma’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department.
Pasque's research focuses on higher education organization and administration, educational equity and diversity, qualitative inquiry, and the relationships between higher education and society. Her publications include nearly 100 books, monographs, articles, reviews, chapters and academic papers. Her most recent book is “Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education Organization and Policy Research,” which she edited with Vicente M. Lechuga, an associate professor of educational administration and human resource development at Texas A&M. She also serves as the senior associate editor of the Journal of Higher Education.
Ph.D. from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education from the University of Michigan
Master of Science in Communication from Syracuse University
Bachelor of Science in Communication from Eastern Michigan University