Uma Jayakumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies
Uma M. Jayakumar is a third year assistant professor of
Organization and Leadership at the University of San
Francisco's School of Education and Co-Director of the
Higher Education and Student Affairs Master's program. She
earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change at
UCLA and thereafter completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the
National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of
Before coming to USF she was a faculty associate at the
University of Michigan with the Education and Well Being program in
the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research
(ISR). Jayakumar's scholarship examines race, equity, and
diversity issues in higher education, with a focus on how
institutional environments such as campus climates and cultures,
and organizational practices shape access, experiences,
race-relations, and educational outcomes among college students.
These topics are reflected in the courses she teaches, which
include Race, Diversity, and Higher Education, and
Campus Environments and Cultures. Jayakumar's
research is featured in the Harvard Educational Review,
the Journal of Higher Education, Diverse Magazine, reports
to foundations and educational institutes, and her co-edited book
entitled: Creating Campus Cultures: Fostering Success among
Diverse Student Populations.
Dr. Jayakumar is recipient of the 2007 Bobby Wright
Dissertation of the Year Award by the Association for the Study of
Higher Education and was named Exemplary Diversity Scholar by the
National Center for Institutional Diversity in 2010. This past
year, Jayakumar was one of 21 social science researchers who
co-developed an amicus brief summarizing key research findings
related to the use of race-conscious admissions practices. The
brief, submitted to The Supreme Court by the Civil Rights Project
at UCLA, supports the need for affirmative action in Higher
Education Institutions. In addition to the Social Scientists brief,
her work informs amici submitted to the Court by the American
Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological
Association (APA), National Women's Law Center, 17 United
States Senators, Harvard Graduate School of Education Students for
Diversity, and Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.
Ph.D., Education, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Education, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Racial diversity and educational outcomes; campus climate and culture; college choice and access; race and educational equity.
- Academic and Student Affairs in Higher Education
- Race, Diversity, and Higher Education
- Student Development in College
- Campus Environments and Cultures
- Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Vogelgesang, L. J., Denson, N., & Jayakumar, U. M. (2010).
What determines faculty-engaged scholarship? The Review of Higher Education,
Brown, B. A., Brown, C. A, & Jayakumar, U. M. (2009). When
culture's class: Transposing a college going culture in an
urban school. In W. R. Allen, E. Kimura-Walsh, & K. A. Griffin
(Eds.), Towards a
brighter tomorrow: College barriers, hopes and plans of Black,
Latino/a, and Asian American students in California. New
York: Information Age Publishers.
Buenavista, T. L., Jayakumar, U. M., Misa-Escalante, K. (2009).
Contextualizing Asian American education through Critical Race
Theory: An example of U.S. Pilipino college student experiences. In
S. D. Museus & M. J. Chang (Eds.), Conducting research on Asian Americans
in higher educatiton: New Directions for Institutional Research,
No. 142. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Griffin, K. A., Jayakumar, U. M., Jones, M. J., & Allen, W. R.
(2009). Overcoming barriers: Characteristics of Black male freshmen
between 1971 and 2004. In H. T. Freirson, W. Pearson, & J.H.
Wyche (Eds.). Black American
males in higher education: Issues of participation and
parity. United Kingdom: Emerals Group Publishing
Jayakumar, U. M. (2009). The invisible rainbow in diversity:
Factors influencing sexual prejudice among college students. Journal of Homosexuality, 56(6),
Jayakumar, U. M., Howard, T. C., Allen, W. R. & Han, J. C.
(2009). Racial privilege in the professoriate: An exploration of
campus climate, retention, and satisfaction. Journal of Higher Education,
Jayakumar, U. M. (2008). Can higher education meet the needs of an
increasingly diverse and global society? Campus diversity and
cross-cultural workforce competencies. Harvard Educational Review,