Jason K. Wallace

Department / Division

  • Higher Education Leadership Faculty


  • Assistant Professor


Email: jkw481@msstate.edu


  • 508 Allen Hall


  • B.S., Texas Christian University, Advertising and Public Relations, Bob Schieffer School of Journalism
  • M.Ed., Texas Christian University, Educational Administration, College of Education
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Education - College Student Affairs Administration, Mary Frances Early College of Education
  • Graduate Certificate - Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies, University of Georgia, Mary Frances Early College of Education

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Student Affairs Administration
  • The College Student
  • Social Justice in Higher Education
  • Advanced Qualitative Research in Education
  • Organization and Administration in Higher Education
  • First-Generation Students in Higher Education
  • The Experiences of Black People in Academe

Research Interests

  • Equity and Justice in Higher Education & Student Affairs
  • First-Generation College Student Experiences
  • Black College Student Experiences
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Student Affairs Staff Retention and Attrition

Selected Publications

  • Burr, K. H., Wallace, J. K., & Dean, L. A. (2023). Looking from the outside in: Lessons from an external assessment project. Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry, 6(1), 51-58.
  • Wallace, J. K. & Smith, T. D. (2023). (Re)Defining leadership learning for Black men pursuing graduate education at historically white institutions. In C. Beaty & J. R. Ford (Eds.), Exploring Black college men & leadership learning (pp. 201-210). Information Age Publishing.
  • Wallace, J. K. (2022). Nevertheless, we persist: Exploring the cultural capital of Black first-generation doctoral recipients at non-Black serving institutions. The Review of Higher Education, 45(4), 515-548.
  • Dean, L. A. & Wallace, J. K. (2022). Analysis: Who are today’s college students?. In N. Y. Gulley (Ed.), Multiple perspectives on college students: Needs, challenges, and opportunities (pp. 76-86). Taylor and Francis Publishing.
  • Wallace, J. K. & Ford, J. R. (2021). “They don’t value my knowledge”: Interrogating the racialized experiences of Black first-generation doctoral students in HESA programs at HWIs. Journal of First-generation Student Success, 1(2), 127-144.
  • Brown, L. C., Wallace, J. K., & Cokley, R. K. (2021). A labor of love: The makings of @FirstGenDocs. Journal of First-generation Student Success, 1(1), 49-56.
  • Coleman, R., Wallace, J. K., & Means, D. (2020). Questioning a single narrative: Multiple identities shaping Black queer and transgender student retention. The Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice – Special Issue, 21(4), 455-475.
  • Evans, M. E. & Wallace, J. K. (2019). No longer cast aside: A critical approach to serving queer and trans students of Color in higher education. In D. Mitchell Jr., J. Marie, & T. Steele (Eds.), Intersectionality & higher education: Theory, research, and praxis (2nd ed., pp. 181–189). Peter Lang Publishing.

Selected Professional Activities and Memberships

  • NASPA Region III Faculty Rep (2022-2024)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) - Member
  • Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) - Member
  • NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education - Member
  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA) - Member
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) - Member