Beth E. Bukoski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of the Ed.D. in Leadership Program

Beth E. Bukoski, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in educational administration, The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • B.A. in English, minor in animal and poultry sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Research interests

  • Higher education, four-year institutions, community colleges
  • Social justice, inclusion and diversity in higher education
  • Intersectional identities using constructs of gender, sexuality and race
  • Feminist, critical and post-structural theories and analytic techniques

Career highlights

  • Inaugural recipient of 2021 Dean’s Distinguished Career Faculty Award at The University of Texas at Austin College of Education
  • Coordinated inaugural LGBTQ+ focused symposium for UT-Austin College of Education: Educate Out Loud: A Research and Practice Symposium as part of her Dean’s Leadership Fellows project in 2019
  • Vice-chair, Council on the Advancement of Higher Education Programs (CAHEP), Association of the Study of Higher Education

Recent publications/projects

  • McKinnon-Crowley, S., Bukoski, B., Black, V., Burmicky, J., Molina, V., & Chacon, K. (Accepted). “I had to jump through a lot of hoops”: How working mothers in student affairs navigate institutional policies and student affairs norms. NASPA Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education.
  • Rodriguez, S., Bukoski, B. E., *Jones, A., & *Cunningham, K. (2020). Critiquing oppression and desiring social justice: How undergraduate Latina students in STEM engage in acts of resistance. NASPA Journal of Women and Gender, 13(3), 251-267.
  • Reddick, R. J., Smith, S., & Bukoski, B. E. (2020). (Cultural) Taxation Without Representation?: Black Faculty Lives in a Creative Class City in the #BlackLivesMatter Era. To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, 30(1), 31-62.
  • Drake, A., Struve, L., Meghani, S., & Bukoski, B. E. (2019). Invisible labor, visible change: Non-tenure-track faculty agency in a research university. Review of Higher Education, 42(4), 1635-1664. https://doi:10.1353/rhe.2019.0078


Dr. Bukoski teaches a wide range of courses related to higher education, research and doctoral socialization and success. She teaches utilizing liberatory pedagogies with an explicit focus on diversity, inclusion, social justice issues. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in intersectional feminism, which connects the lived experiences of marginalization of various identities to the systems and structures of power that create those marginalities, and an epistemology of love.

Dr. Bukoski considers herself a servant-leader and tempered radical, dedicated to higher education but working to make it better for all its constituents (students, staff and faculty). She is involved in service at multiple levels, from programmatic and departmental service to professional organizations and journals. She brings a focus on social justice to all her work in service of supporting others and creating more inclusive and liberatory educational spaces.

Curriculum Vitae

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