Department of Organizational Leadership

Pawley Hall, Room 480B
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2730

Educational Leadership
Pawley Hall, Room 480D
(248) 370-3070
fax: (248) 370-4605

Human Resource Development
Pawley Hall, Room 475E
(248) 370-4109
fax: (248) 370-4095

Tiffany Steele

Dr. Tiffany Steele is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Masters in Higher Education Program at Oakland University. Her research interest broadly focuses on access and retention of minoritized students and staff members at predominantly white institutions with an emphasis on the lived experiences of Black women and girls in education. Specifically, Dr. Steele analyzes the lived experiences of both Black girls and women during their educational journeys to draw connections between inequitable factors that influence their daily living and educational trajectories. Her work is published in several journals including the College Student Affairs Journal, College Student Affairs Leadership, AERA Open, and Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to American Higher Education
  • Introduction to Student Affairs
  • Introduction to Academic Affairs
  • College Student Development on Campus
  • Counseling and Advising the College Student: Admissions, Advising, Retention and Career Planning
  • Critical Social Justice Perspectives in Higher Education

Selected Publications

Steele, T. (forthcoming). This is MY LIFE: Black Feminist Thought from Theory to Praxis. In C. Porter, T. Sule, & N. Croom (Eds.), Black Feminist Epistemology, Research, and Praxis: Narratives in and through the Academy. Routledge.

Steele, T. (forthcoming). “Staying out the way”: Connecting Black girls’ experiences with school discipline to collegiate experiences. In L. Patton, V. Evans-Winters, & C. Jacobs (Eds.), Investing in the Educational Success of Black Women and Girls. Sterling: Stylus Publishing.

Steele, T. (2018). Toxicity in the work environment: Retaining staff members of color at a predominantly White institution. College Student Affairs Journal, 36(1), 109-123. https://doi:10.1353/csj.2018.0007

Steele, T. (2017). Retaining Black female college students: The effects of meritocracy on their ideas of success. College Student Affairs Leadership, 4(1), 1-10.

Mitchell, D., Jr., Steele, T., Marie, J., & Timm, K. (2017). Learning race and racism while learning: The experiences of international students pursuing higher education in the Midwestern United States. AERA Open, 3(3), 1-15.

Mitchell, D., Jr., Gipson, J., Marie, J., & Steele, T. (2017). Intersectional value? A pilot study exploring educational outcomes for African American women in historically Black Sororities versus non-historically Black sororities. Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. 12(2), 44-58.