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Erin Leach

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PhD, 2024

Dr. Erin Leach earned her doctorate at the McBee Institute of Higher Education and currently works as a full-time librarian at the University of Georgia Libraries where she serves as Head of Administrative Projects and Organizational Effectiveness.

Erin’s dissertation focused on the early development of land-grant education in the postbellum American South with a specific focus on the histories of Alcorn State University, the University of Georgia, and Virginia Tech. Her research interests also include academic freedom, academic libraries in the higher education ecosystem, and state-level politics and their impact on higher education policy. She has been engaged in a multi-year research project with Dr. Timothy Cain on violations of academic freedom and academic due process as understood through an analysis of Association of American University Professors (AAUP) Committee A reports. In addition to her studies at MIHE, Erin is also working toward a Certificate in Qualitative Studies from the Mary Frances Early College of Education.

Her interests in qualitative inquiry center on case study methodology, autoethnography, and the (re)mixing of methodologies through qualitative methodological bricolage.

News Featuring Erin Leach

Research by Timothy Reese Cain and Erin Leach appears in AERA Open, "Removing Faculty: Patterns and Processes of Retrenchment and Restructuring."

The Institute of Higher Education is pleased to announce our 2020-2021 fellowship and award recipients.

While pursuing their degrees, our students continue to make an impact in our field and mark great accomplishments. We recognize four of our…

IHE faculty, staff, alumnus, and students attended the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. King and celebrating the work of area peacemakers. The inspirational annual event is coordinated through a partnership of…

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