Dr. Lissa D. Stapleton (She/Her/Hers) is an associate professor in Deaf Studies and core faculty in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Stapleton attended Wright State University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Social Work and a minor in African and African-American Studies. Highly involved as an undergraduate, she was encouraged to continue her education at the University of Dayton. She graduated in 2006 with a Masters in Science and Education in College Student Personnel. Once graduated, Stapleton worked as a Community Director in Residence Life at California State University, Northridge and as a Spirituality Living Learning Specialist for Semester at Sea. Through her residential life work with the Lighthouse Living Learning community, international service work with the Deaf Jamaican and Ghanaian communities, and scholarly curiosity on ways to better support Deaf college students' lives, Stapleton decided to pursue her doctorate at Iowa State University. Stapleton graduated in 2014 with her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education and Social Justice and a minor in Women's Studies. She won the 2015 Melvene D. Hardee NASPA Dissertation of the Year award, was a 2018 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow and is a 2019 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Fellow. Stapleton loves dancing, movies, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
- Ph.D. 2014, Iowa State University
- M.S.E 2006, University of Dayton
- B.S. 2002, Wright State University
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