Robin Phelps-Ward, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Clemson University in Clemson, SC  Dr. Phelps-Ward is dedicated to cultivating equitable, just, and supportive environments for people of color across educational contexts, and she commits her scholarship to simultaneously and complementarily exploring the experiences of those who are racially marginalized and minoritized while developing pedagogical and institutional strategies for eliminating such oppression.

Her research focuses specifically on mentoring and formal mentoring programs to support students of color, black faculty and staff belonging, black women and girls’ natural hair and identity development, and pedagogical practice for critical-consciousness and social justice. She came to Clemson in 2015 after earning her doctorate in Adult, Higher and Community Education at Ball State University. At Ball State University, she led the Ph.D. Pathways mentoring program, taught communication studies and writing courses, and engaged in campus diversity climate assessment activities.

Dr. Phelps-Ward is currently an active member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her work can be found in Gender & Education, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Gender & EducationThe Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry, and the Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education among other outlets.


Ed.D. - Adult, Higher, and Community Education, Ball State University

M.A. - Organizational & Professional Communication Development, Ball State University

B.S. - Journalism & Mass Communications AND Organizational Communication, Murray State University

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