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Biography: 

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.

Education: 

Ph.D. Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University

Research Interests: 

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.

Publications: 
  • Turner, Caroline S. Toward public education as a public good: Reflections from the field. Doing the public good: Latina/o scholars engage civic participation (2008).
  • Turner, Caroline S. Women of color in academe: Experiences of the often invisible. Unfinished agendas: New and continuing gender challenges in higher education (2008).
  • Caroline Turner. Diversifying the faculty: Search committees going beyond business as usual. The Chronicle of Higher Education (2006).
  • Turner, Caroline S (Author) ,Harris, R G (Author) ,Garcia, G S (Author) . Mothers and daughters address inequities: From our spheres of influence. Writing the motherline: Mothers, daughters and education (2006).
  • Turner, Caroline. . (2006).
  • Turner, Caroline. On Diversifying the Faculty. (2006).
  • Caroline Turner, E Hernandez, M Pena, Station JC. An evaluation: Perspectives on the Hispanic Theological Initiative. Perspectivas: Hispanic Theological Initiative Occasional Paper Series (2005).
  • Turner, Caroline S, Garcia, E E. Latina and Latino students in higher education: Journal of Hispanic Higher Education Special Issue. (2005).
  • Turner, Caroline. Diversifying the Faculty. (2005).
  • Turner, Caroline. Faculty Diversity: Enriching Campus Intellectual Life. (2005).
  • Turner, Caroline. Maintaining Passion for your Research and Practice. (2005).
  • Turner, Caroline. Promoting Faculty Diversity. (2005).
  • Turner, Caroline. Retaining a Diverse Faculty. (2005).
  • Turner, Caroline. The Politics of Faculty Searches, invited. (2005).
  • Caroline Turner. Writing instead of sleeping: Conflicts of commitment. On campus with women: From where I sit (2004).
  • D Smith, Caroline Turner, N Osei-Kofi, S Richards. Interrupting the usual: Successful strategies for hiring diverse faculty. Journal of Higher Education (2004).
  • S Myers, Caroline Turner. The effects of Ph.D. supply on minority faculty Representation. The American Economic Review (2004).
  • Turner, Caroline S (Author) ,Jones, L (Author) ,Hearn, J (Author) . Georgia's Pre - 16 Reforms and the Promise of a Seamless System. From high school to college: Improving opportunities for success in postsecondary education (2004).
  • Turner, Caroline. Faculty of Color in Academe: Bittersweet Success. (2004).
  • Caroline Turner, Yvette Alex-Assensoh. Incorporation and marginalization in the academy: From border toward center for faculty of color?. Journal of Black Studies (2003).
  • Turner, Caroline. Faculty of Color Recruitment and Retention Workshop. (2003).
  • Turner, Caroline. Hiring Faculty of Color. (2003).
  • Turner, Caroline. Recruiting and Retaining Faculty of Color. (2003).
  • Caroline Turner, Jim Fairweather. Women of color in academe: Living with multiple marginality. Journal of Higher Education (2002).
  • Turner, Caroline S. Diversifying the faculty: A guidebook for search committees. (2002).
  • Turner, Caroline S. Racial and ethnic diversity in higher education: A topical anthology. (2002).
  • Turner, Caroline, Smith, D. Hiring faculty of color: Research on the search committee process and implications for practice. (2002).
  • Turner, Caroline, Taylor, D. Keeping our faculties: Addressing the recruitment and Retention of faculty of color position paper. (2002).
  • Turner, Caroline. Faculty and Preparedness: Keys to the New Master Plan. (2002).
  • Turner, Caroline. Faculty Diversity in Higher Education. (2002).
  • Turner, Caroline. Framing the Picture. (2002).
  • Turner, Caroline. Hiring and Retaining Faculty of Color. (2002).
  • . . The quest for equity in higher education: Towards new paradigms in an evolving affirmative action era (2001).
  • Turner, Caroline, Love, L. Evolution of transfer and racial/ethnic diversity: Complexity of joint access. (2001).
  • Turner, Caroline. Faculty Diversity in Theological Schools. (2001).
  • Turner, Caroline. Hiring, Promotion, and Tenure of Faculty of Color: Promoting Business as Unusual, Not :Business as Usual. (2001).
  • Turner, Caroline. History and Future of Diversity in Higher Education. (2001).
  • Turner, Caroline. Search Committee Processes and Hiring Faculty of Color. (2001).
  • Turner, Caroline. The Incorporation Experiences of Faculty of Color in Majority White Institutions: Progress and Challenges. (2001).
  • Turner, Caroline. The Roles of Women in Higher Education: As Researcher/Scholar, Teacher/Mentor, Administrator/Advocate. (2001).
  • Caroline Turner. New faces, new knowledge. Academe (2000).
  • Turner, Caroline S, Myers, S L. Faculty of color in academe: Bittersweet success. (2000).
  • . . Succeeding in an academic career: A guide for faculty of color (2000).
  • Turner, Caroline. Completing the Dissertation and the Degree: Getting Your Work Out in Presentations and Publications. (2000).
  • Turner, Caroline. Diversifying Faculty Racial and Ethnic Composition. (2000).
  • Turner, Caroline. Preparing for Life in the Academy: Lessons Learned from Research on Faculty of Color. (2000).
  • Turner, Caroline. Promoting Faculty Diversity. (2000).
  • Turner, Caroline. Strategies for Hiring and Retaining Underrepresented Faculty, invited. (2000).
  • Turner, Caroline. Teaching in a Diverse Classroom and "Faculty Diversity: Toward an Inclusive Body of Knowledge". (2000).
Research Activity: 
Presentations: 
  • Turner, Caroline. Inspirational Mentorship: Towardthe Development of Scholars of Color. Association for the Study of Higher Education (Nov 2008).
  • Turner, Caroline. Hiring Faculty of Color: Research on the Search Committee Process and Implications for Practice. (Apr 2007).
  • Turner, Caroline. Hiring, Retaining, and Advancing Faculty of Color. (Feb 2007).
  • Turner, Caroline. On Search Committee Processes and Faculty Diversity. (Nov 2006).
  • Turner, Caroline. Research on Search Committee Processes and Faculty Diversity. (Oct 2006).
  • Hogan, K, Turner, Caroline. Community college student transfer: A study of the Maricopa Community Colleges. The Harvard Civil Rights Project Transfer Scholars Roundtable: Community Colleges and Latino Educational Opportunity (Oct 2003).
  • Hernandez, E, Pena, M, Turner, Caroline. The Role of Religion in the Civic Engagement of Latinos. the Harvard Civil Rights Project Color Lines Conference on Segregation and Integration in America's Present and Future, Harvard University (Sep 2003).
  • Turner, Caroline. The Changing Landscape: Diversifying the Academy after the Michigan Decision. Faculty Work and the New Academy
  • Turner, Caroline. Future Faculty of Color Fireside Chat
  • Turner, Caroline. Building Institutional Capacity: Critical Climate, Structural and Behavioral Issues. 2007 Diversity Summit
  • Turner, Caroline. Forging New Paths in Leadership, Teaching, and Research: People of Color in Higher Education. Association for the Study of HIgher Education
  • Turner, Caroline. From Theory to Action: Signals and Strategies for Recruiting and Hiring Faculty of Color. Keeping Our Faculty of Color IV Symposium
  • Turner, Caroline. Gender Equity in Higher Education: The Unfinished Agenda. American Educational Research Association
  • Turner, Caroline. Leading Higher Education to Inclusive Excellence: The Challenges and Opportunities of A Changing Landscape. National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
  • Turner, Caroline. New Voices in the Struggle/Nuevas Voces en la Lucha: Toward Increasing Latina/o Faculty in Theological Education. American Educational Research Association
  • Turner, Caroline. Recruitment and Retention of Faculty of Color.
  • Turner, Caroline. Pathways to the Presidency: Women of Color Firsts. Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • Turner, Caroline. Perspectives on the Hispanic Theological Initiative: An Evaluation. American Educational Research Association
  • Turner, Caroline. Preparing Women of Color for Academic Leadership. American Educational Research Association
  • Turner, Caroline. Caminando Acompanado!: Benefits and Challenges of Mentoring Hispanic Graduate Students and Junior Faculty. American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Designing the future-disendando el futuro: Hispanic higher education for the 21st century
  • Turner, Caroline. Cross-Gender Mentoring: Another Pipeline for Latino Academics. Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • Turner, Caroline. Designing the future--disenando el futuro: Hispanic higher education for the 21st century. The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
  • Turner, Caroline. Latina and Latino Students in Higher Education: Enhancing Access, Participation, and Achievement, Division-J. American Educational Research Association
  • Turner, Caroline. On Diversifying the Faculty. Diversity in Action Group Speaker Series
  • Turner, Caroline. On Diversification of the Academy Post-Grutter: Preliminary Findings. Keeping Our Faculty of Color IV Symposium
  • Turner, Caroline. Policy-Based Perspective on the Changing Climate of Fiscal Support for TCUs, HBCUs, and HSIs. Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • Turner, Caroline. Recruitment and Retention of Faculty of Color.
  • Turner, Caroline. Benefits of Faculty Diversity. Future Faculty Fellows Conference
  • Turner, Caroline. Building Institutional Capacity for Recruiting, Retaining, and Advancing Faculty Diversity. American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
  • Turner, Caroline. Faculty Diversity: Enriching Campus Intellectual Life.
Service: 
  • Mariciopa County Community College District, Consultant (2008 - Present)
  • Maricopa County Community College District, Consultant (2008 - Present)
  • Office of the Dean, College of Education,Arizona State University, Interim Associate Dean for Research (2006 - Present)
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation education program focused dialogue on community college policy and practice to improve student access and success, Invited participant (2006 - Present)
  • Diversity in the New American University: Law for the University Administrator Workshop, presented by the Arizona State University, Office of the General Counsel, Invited Speaker (2005 - Present)
  • Faculty of Color in Higher Education for American Council on Education Educating All of One Nation Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, Pre-Conference Workshop Coordinator (2005 - Present)
  • Faculty Diversity: Enriching Campus Intellectual Life",University Institute, Dillard University, Featured Speaker (2005 - Present)
  • ASU Faculty Development Program, Faculty mentor for new junior faculty (2005 - Present)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education, Presidential appointment (2005 - Present)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education site selection committee, Appointed (2005 - Present)
  • College Personnel Committee, College of Education, Arizona State University, Co-Chair (2005 - Present)
  • Higher and Postsecondary Education Alumni Association and the endowed Robert H. Fenske Scholarship in Higher and Postsecondary Education, Co-Founder (2005 - Present)
  • Program Advancement Committee, Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP), a standing committee of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Elected, Chair (2005 - Present)
  • for A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Mesa, AZ, Achieving Faculty Diversity consultation (2005 - Present)
  • ASU Campus Environment Team, Member (2004 - Present)
  • ASU Chicano Faculty and Staff Association, Elected Faculty Representative (2004 - Present)
  • Anthropology and Educational Quarterly: Journal of the Council of Anthropology and Education, Reviewer (2004 - Present)
  • College of Education Personnel Committee and Affirmative Action Sub-Committee, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Academic Program Review Self-Study, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, The Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Member (2004 - Present)
  • Scholars of Color Standing Committee and Conference Coordinating Committee, Appointed (2004 - Present)
  • For the ASU State Forum on Enhancing School Completion, Dialogue Group Facilitator (2003 - Present)
  • Advisory Committee for the Consortium of High Academic Performance (CHAP), Member (2003 - Present)
  • College of Education Indian Education Director search committee, ASU, Member (2003 - Present)
  • College of Education Personnel Committee, Member (2003 - Present)
  • Founding Board of Directors for the Women of Color Research Collective, a national research consortium housed at ASU focusing on the status of women of color in academe, Member (2003 - Present)
  • working group on a study of Maricopa Community College District transfer outcomes, Member (2003 - Present)
  • Harvard Civil Rights Project consultation meeting of researchers, policy analysts, and civil rights advocates to plan a research agenda addressing equitable access to higher education for all students, Invited participant (2002 - Present)
  • Invited participant (2002 - Present)
  • Advisor on methodology for two policy research projects (2002 - Present)
  • Advisory Board, REFOCUS, an initiative to support the retention on faculty of color at Arizona State University, Member (2002 - Present)
  • Advisory Council for the Ford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies funded three-year Study of New Scholars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Appointed (2002 - Present)
  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Committee L on Historically Black Institutions and the Status of Minorities in the Profession, Appointed (2002 - Present)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education Ad Hoc Committee: History and Archives for the ASHE organization, Invited member (2002 - Present)
  • College of Education Snell Professor search committee, Arizona State University, Member (2002 - Present)
  • Higher and Postsecondary Education Doctoral Programs, Coordinator (2002 - Present)
  • Colors Straight Up and "Neglect Not the Children," shown at the Arizona State University College of Education Annual Film Festival, The Celluloid Curriculum, Panel Respondent (2001 - Present)
  • Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Faculty personnel committee, Arizona State University, Member (2001 - Present)
  • Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Faculty search committees, Arizona State University, Member (2001 - Present)
  • Vanderbilt Issues in Higher Education book series. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, Appointed , Editorial Board Member (2001 - Present)
  • Classroom Challenges for Women and Faculty of Color, for the Arizona State University Fall Conference entitled The ASU Classroom: Diversity and Learner-Centered Education, ASU Main Memorial Union, Presenter (2000 - Present)
  • Cultural Diversity Discussion Group at the General Orientation for New Teaching Assistants, presented by the ASU Graduate College, Facilitator (2000 - Present)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Elected to the Board of Directors (2000 - Present)
  • Secretary for the ASU College of Education Council and Assembly, Elected (2000 - Present)
  • Advisory tothe Provost & President, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Member, University Promotion & Tenure Committee (2008 - 2010)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education, Member (2008 - 2010)
  • Educational Policy Fellows Program (EPFP), State Site Coordinator (2006 - 2009)
  • ASU Chicano Latino Faculty & Staff Association, Tempe, AZ, President (2007 - 2008)
  • Mary Lou Fulton College of Education Faculty Council, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, President-Elect (2008)
  • Personnel Committee, Mary Lou Fulton COE, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Member (2008)
  • Nat'l Academy of Public Admin & ASU School of Public Affairs, Invited Speaker (2008)
  • American Educational Research Association, Presidential appointment (2004 - 2007)
  • National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, Founding member of editorial advisory board (2007)
  • Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering, Electee (2007)
  • Keeping our Faculties IV national symposium, Honory Co-Chair (2007 - 2007)
  • Keeping our Faculties IV national symposium, University of Minnesota, Invited Honorary Co-Chair (2007 - 2007)
  • Program Advancement Committee, Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs, Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • The Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Member, Editorial Board (2004 - 2006)
  • ASU Chicano Latino Faculty & Staff Association, Tempe, AZ, President-Elect (2006)
  • Office of the Dean, College of Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Interim Associate Dean for Research (2006)
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Invited participant (2006)
  • ASHE Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs, (2006)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education, (2006)
  • ASU Office of the President, Tempe, AZ, Sneaker Tour Host (2006)
  • Latina/o Graduate Student Alliance Welcome Reception, Featured Speaker (2006)
  • Nat'l Summer Institute for Future Faculty of Color, Invited featured speaker (2006 - 2006)
  • 2006 Relevance of Assessment and Culture in Education (R.A.C.E.) Conference on Indigenous Issues and Voices in Education Research and Assessment Arizona State University, Co-Chair (2006 - 2006)
  • Relevance of Assessment & Culture in Education (R.A.C.E.), Co-chair (2006 - 2006)
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Chair (2006 - 2006)
  • National Advisory Committee, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • National Advisory Committee, Symposium Founder and Member (2004 - 2004)
  • Distinguished Scholars Colloquia, Indigenous Perspectives of Educational Research and Schooling in Global Contexts, Co-Organizer (2004 - 2004)
  • ASU Latina/o Students in Higher Education: Enhancing Access,Participation, and Achievement Conference, Conference Co-Organizer (2004 - 2004)
  • American Council on Education and the University of California, Berkeley Summit for Women Administrators and Faculty of Color, "Strengthening Our Place in the Academy", Berkeley, CA, Invited participant (2003 - 2003)
  • Office of the President, California State University, Stanislaus, American Council on Education Fellow (2001 - 2002)
  • American Council on Education meeting of Latino scholars and administrators, Invited participant (2002 - 2002)
  • Co-Coordinator (2001 - 2002)
  • Program Committee for annual meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Member (2000 - 2000)
  • (Present)