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Constance Iloh    

Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine

Honored as Forbes 30 under 30 and headlined as a "Higher Ed Powerhouse" by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Dr. Constance Iloh is an education scholar committed to advancing understanding of the changing landscape of postsecondary education and its impact on underrepresented students.

Prior to notification of her selection as a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Iloh was offered and accepted a position as an assistant professor of higher education at the University of California, Irvine School of Education. As a result of receiving the prestigious UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Program Fellowship, she deferred her faculty appointment. She received a Ph.D from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. Constance earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master’s degree in business management from Wake Forest University.

Dr. Iloh's research addresses two primary areas: (1) equity, access, and the experiences of underserved student groups in postsecondary education, and (2) privatization in higher education. She focuses on students and practices within the spaces of for-profit universities and community colleges. Constance has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles concerning the changing landscape of higher education and presented her research at numerous education conferences in the U.S and abroad. Her forthcoming book will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Iloh is also the principal investigator for a new $32,450 grant funded by ECMC to explore virtual learning in vocational higher education.

Dr. Iloh is frequently invited to discuss postsecondary education at nationally recognized lectures, panels, and radio broadcast. Constance has been invited to discuss her research recently at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, the Hammer Museum, and the Institutional Design Frontiers Summit. Constance has also been quoted and had her research featured in popular outlets such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, National Public Radio (NPR), Forbes, For Harriet, and Inside Higher Ed.

Recently, Constance became the first from USC Rossier to receive the USC PhD Achievement Award, the highest honor given to any USC PhD holder. Dr.Iloh was also awarded Rossier's Dissertation of the Year Award and selected as a finalist for the Association for the Study of Higher Education's Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award for her yearlong exploration of Black student going to the for-profit higher education sector. In March 2016, Constance was named one of the 100 most influential Nigerian women, alongside the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


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30 Under 30 2016: Education - Forbes

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