Caroline Turner, Ph.D.

Caroline Turner

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Office: 222 Eureka Hall
Office Phone: (916) 278-3580
Fax: (916) 278-2281

Background Information

Caroline S. Turner is Professor, Doctorate in Educational Leadership, California State University, Sacramento and Professor Emerita, Higher & Postsecondary Education, Lincoln Professor of Ethics and Education, Arizona State University. Recognizing her exemplary scholarship, Turner is the 2009 Recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Scholars of Color in Education Distinguished Career Contribution Award and the 2009 AERA Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarship, the 2008 Recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship, and the recipient of the 2008 & 2009 Mary Lou Fulton College of Education Dean's Faculty Excellence Award. Recently, she was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research (SIHER) and named a Distinguished Alumni Scholar by Stanford University. Turner received her undergraduate degree in History and her master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Davis. She received her doctorate in Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford University School of Education.

Research Interests

Professor Turner's research and teaching interests include access, equity and leadership in higher education, faculty gender and racial/ethnic diversity, organizational change, and the use of qualitative methods for policy research. Her research includes a Spencer Foundation funded study of the faculty search committee process and hiring of faculty of color, a PEW Foundation funded study of Latino faculty in theological education, a Ford Foundation funded study of Diversity in Academe Post-Grutter, a Stanford University funded study of Pre - 16 reforms and the promise of a seamless educational system, a study of women of color presidents in higher education, and a study of faculty and students of color in mathematical sciences and related fields. Her current book contracts include the following titles: Promoting Social Justice in Higher Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Scholars and Practitioners (sole author) and Mentoring Across Institutions, Gender, Race & Class: Cultivating Future Academics of Color (co-editor).


  • Turner, C. S. V., & Quaye, S. J. (2010). [Associate editors for the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum section]. In S. R. Harper & S. Hurtado (Eds.), Racial and ethnic diversity in higher education. ASHE Reader Series (3rd ed.). Boston: Pearson.
  • Gasman, M., Baez, B. & Turner, C.S. (Eds.). (2008). Understanding minority-serving institutions. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
  • Turner, C.S., González, J.C., & Wood, J.L. (2008). Faculty of color in academe: What 20 years of literature tells us. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 1(3), 139-168. (Second most cited JODHE article in 2008)
  • Turner, C.S. (2007). Pathways to the presidency: Biographical sketches of women of color firsts. Harvard Educational Review, 77 (1), 1-38.
  • Turner, C.S. (2002). Diversifying the faculty: A guidebook for search committees. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). (To date, sold over 15,000 copies, nationally and internationally)