Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner is an Emeritus Professor in the division of educational leadership and policy studies, Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Education, and Doctoral Program director for Higher and Postsecondary Education at Arizona State University. Recognizing her exemplary scholarship, Turner is the 2009 Recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Scholars of Color in Education Distinguished Career Contribution Award and the 2009 AERA Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarship, the 2008 Recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship, and the 2008 recipient of the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education Dean’s Faculty Excellence Award. She currently serves as the state site coordinator for the Arizona Education Policy Fellowship Program, as president-elect of the College of Education Faculty Council, and as past president of the Arizona State University Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association. Her research and teaching interests include access, equity and leadership in higher education, faculty gender and racial/ethnic diversity, organizational change, and the use of qualitative methods for policy research. Her publications include a book entitled Diversifying the Faculty: A Guidebook for Search Committees, which is widely adopted selling over 15,000 copies nationally and internationally, a co-authored book entitled "Faculty of Color in Academe: Bittersweet Success," and a co-edited book, "Understanding Minority-Serving Institutions."
Turner has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, and presently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. She is one of the founding editorial advisory board members for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. She was elected and served on the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Board of Directors. In 2001-2002, she was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. Turner has also served as interim dean for research for the Arizona State University College of Education and as coordinator for faculty programs at the University of Minnesota where she co-founded a national symposium on the recruitment and retention of faculty of color entitled “Keeping Our Faculties.”
Professor Turner’s research includes a Spencer Foundation funded study of the faculty search committee process and hiring of faculty of color, a PEW Foundation funded study of Latino faculty in theological education, a Ford Foundation-funded study of Diversity in Academe Post-Grutter, a Stanford University funded study of pre-16 reforms and the promise of a seamless educational system, and a study of women of color presidents in higher education. Recently, she was a visiting scholar with the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research (SIHER) and named a Distinguished Alumni Scholar by Stanford University. Turner received her doctorate in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford University School of Education.
Ph.D. Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University
Caroline Turner's research and teaching interests include access, equity and leadership in higher education, faculty gender and racial/ethnic diversity, organizational change, and the use of qualitative methods for policy research.