Amanda Assalone is the Research Manager for the Postsecondary Education Research Center (PERC) and Adjunct Instructor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Much of her work centers around higher education research and policy initiatives that aim to address postsecondary access and equity barriers for low-income students and students of color. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee, Amanda received a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a 150 year-old civil rights organization that uses collaboration, advocacy, and research to advance equity and excellence in education.
Amanda’s recent publications report on effective leadership practices and developmental education initiatives at Minority-Serving Institutions, as well as college affordability, race, equity, and outcomes based funding in higher education. Her other scholarly work aims to advance research and practices that support the academic success of Asian American community college students, and improve policy support for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).