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Shana Oates

Dr. Shana Oates

Assistant Teaching Professor


Dr. Oates's research centers on issues of equity, access and inclusion in higher education for students on the autism spectrum and critically interrogates systemic and institutional forms of oppression impacting students with disabilities. Her dissertation titled, "A Spectrum of Support: A Case Study Examining Autistic Students' Experiences in Higher Education," centered the voices of autistic college students and their experiences within higher education. Her pedagogy is grounded in (re)conceptualizing disability in education and challenging the ways colleges and universities contribute to academic ableism.

Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Oates worked in a variety of student affairs functional areas including academic advising, student activities, new student orientation, and, high school to college transition programs.

Dr. Oates earned a Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University (OH) and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri.

  • PHD - Miami University-Oxford (2021)
  • MED - University of Missouri-St Louis (2004)
  • BA - Webster University (2001)

(HE 614) Student Affairs Administration
(HE 639) Foundations of Student Affairs Administration
(HE 743) Student Development Theory
(HE792) Special Problems: (Re)Conceptualizing Disability in Higher Education
(REF 723) Assessment in Student Affairs Practice
Capstone I - IV

  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • American College Personnel Association
  • Association on Higher Education and Disability

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Areas of Expertise

Critical Disability Theory; Race & Disability; Ableism; Students with Autism navigating Higher Education.