Lissa D. Stapleton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Research & Methodology

Research Initiative on Social Justice in Education: Affiliate Faculty   

  • d/Deaf Experiences within Higher Education
  • Equity, Access and Ability
  • Sexual Identity Development
  • Feminist and Critical Methodology

Current Teaching

HE 619 Cultural Diversity in Student Affairs

HE 639: Foundations of Student Affairs Administration

HE 714: Higher Education Finance

HE 721: Policy Analysis in HE



Place, L.D. (2011). Being good company for students’ spiritual journeys. Developments, 9 (1), 1-2.


Stapleton, L.D. (Published 2016). When deafness is centered: d/Deaf students of color navigating deaf and racial identity in college. Journal of College Student Development.


Selected Conference Presentations

Stapleton, L.D. (2014, March). Disabled Academy: The Experiences of Deaf and Late-Deafened Faculty.  Paper presented at the ACPA- College Student Education International, Indianapolis, IN.


Croom, N., Acker, L.D., Holmes, A., Stapleton, L. D., Lui, J. Critical race feminist praxis: Womyn of Colour building a table that fits (2013, March). Presented at the ACPA-College Student Educators International, Las Vegas, NV.


Stapleton, L.D. (2012, November). When deafness is centered: d/Deaf Students of Color navigating Deaf and racial identity in college. Paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV.


Gillon, K. & Stapleton, L.D. (2012, November). Beyond Black and White: The experiences of Black female faculty who mentor White female students. Paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV.


Carducci, R., Gillon, K., Nicolazzo, Z., Osei-Kofi, N., & Stapleton, L. (2012, November). Enacting counterpublics in support of critical qualitative inquiry within higher education. Symposium presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV


Stapleton, L. D. (2012, March). Development, support and privilege: Deaf and hard of hearing students. Symposium presented at the ACPA-College Student Educators International, Louisville, KY.


Stapleton, L. D. (2011, November). Exploring the lives of Black, d/Deaf women: Feminist disability theory and critical race feminism. Paper presented at the National Women’s Studies Association, Atlanta, GA.


Stapleton, L. D., Beverly, A., & Jones, A. (2011, March). The impact of hearing privilege on college campuses. Presented at the ACPA-College Student Educators International, Baltimore, MD.


Professional Associations

ACPA: College Student Educators International (ACPA)

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)

American Education Research Association (AERA)


Recent Service

2013- current:  ASHE, Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) Mentor-Protégé Committee

2013- current:  ACPA, 2015 Convention Access Team                                                       

2013- current:  ACPA, Standing Committee on Disability- Deaf Initiative Research Committee    

2013-2014:      ACPA, Equity & Inclusion Action Committee

2010-2013:      ACPA, Standing Committee for Women- Chair

2008-2013:      ACPA, Standing Committee for Women- Directorate member      


Selected Honors and Awards

2013 Annuit Coeptis: ACPA Emerging Scholars Program   

2013 Margaret Sloss Gender Equity Award: Iowa State Women’s Center

2013 ACPA Disability Ally, Standing Committee on Disability Award          

2013 Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award

2012 ACPA Exemplary Social Justice Contribution

2012 Iowa MLK Jr. Advancing One Community Award                                           

2011 NWSA Outstanding Women of Color Scholar             

2011 YWCA Women of Achievement Award        


Selected International Experiences and Education

2013 England, Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Morocco, Portugal, France, & Malta (Semester At Sea)

2013 Cuba: History, Art, & Education (Social Justice Field Experience)

2011 Ghana: Demonstration for the Deaf School (Volunteer Teacher’s Assistant)

2009 Jamaica Deaf Student Outreach Service Trip (Team leader and Founder)

2006 France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, & Switzerland (Student Affairs in Europe)

2005 Ecuador Alternative Spring Breakout (Team leader and Founder)

2001 Brazil (Researcher)

1997 Norway (Study Abroad)