Celeste Wheat

Adjunct Instructor

Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi, 2012

Research Interests
Dr. Wheat’s research interests center on (a) female leadership in higher education; (b) gender equity issues in higher education; (c) the university presidency; and (d) legal issues in higher education, especially affirmative action law as it relates to the admissions and employment contexts. Her dissertation represents the first known study to qualitatively explore the career paths and presidential aspirations of women presidents and women key-line administrators (e.g., academic deans, vice presidents, and provosts) employed at various types of universities located in the southeastern region of the United States. Her dissertation work also serves to shed new light on how the salient dimensions (e.g., race, family statuses, spirituality, etc.) of women’s lives serve to influence their career path choices and presidential aspirations.  Her future research agenda will address several understudied topics relating to the career paths and presidential aspirations of male and female university administrators and presidents.

“Women’s Pathways to the University Presidency: A Qualitative Inquiry into University Women Leaders’ Career Paths and Presidential Aspirations.”

Wheat, C. A. (2011). The president’s role and executive responsibilities in university fundraising and advancement. Synergy: A Journal for Graduate Student Research. 2(3), 33-41.

Wheat, C. A. (2010). The first female presidential cabinet member: Examining Francis Perkins’ role and influence in the crafting of social security. Synergy: A Journal for Graduate Student Research. 1(3), 49-55.

Wheat, C. A. (2010). Examining the legal framework and the practical implications of affirmative action in American higher education. Synergy: A Journal for Graduate Student Research. 1(2), 179-185.

Wheat, C. A., & Styron, J. (2010). “It’s Martha and the boys at the cabinet meetings:”From a historical perspective on the rise of women presidents to a contemporary look at USM's first female president, Dr. Martha Saunders. Synergy: A Journal forGraduate Student Research. 1(2), 283-291.

Wheat, C. A. (2009). Examining colonialism and exile in George Lamming’s In the Castle of My Skin (1953), The Emigrants (1954), and The Pleasures of Exile (1960). Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. 10(3). doi: 10.1353/cch.0.0092

Courses Taught
SOC 101. Understanding Society
SOC 214. The Family