Professor; Department chair
Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
330C Wulling Hall
86 Pleasant St S E
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996, educational administration, higher education concentration
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, educational administration, higher education concentration
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, psychology and German
Areas of Interest
Race and gender in higher education
Curriculum and college teaching
College students in the United States
Qualitative research methods
I am a scholar in the fields of higher education and women's and gender studies. Most recently, I worked at Louisiana State University as a faculty member, director of Women’s & Gender Studies, director of the Women’s Center, and coordinator of the higher education program. Prior to my work there, I also had student affairs and research experience in the Midwest.
Based on my professional and personal experiences, I believe that educators have a responsibility to be empowering even as we work in environments that are made complex by our diverse life experiences, perspectives, intentions, opportunities, and paradigms. I hope to facilitate teaching and learning, as well as foster contributions to a common social good, through a scholarly agenda that focuses on three broad areas: feminist education, diversity and equity in education, and change agents. In each case, I foreground the social role of higher education in creating inclusive and engaged communities. I welcome opportunities to work with students, colleagues, administrators, and other community members who share my interests.
- LSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (2007)
- Outstanding Faculty Contribution, LSU Women’s and Gender Studies (2007)
- Distinguished Faculty Award, Louisiana State University (2006)
- Dissertation of the Year Award, AERA SIG: Research on Women in Education (1997)
- Finalist and Cited for Excellence, Dissertation of the Year Award, ASHE (1996)
- Editor, Feminist Formations (2007-2012)
- Editorial Advisory Board, The Review of Higher Education (2007-present)
- Member, Association for the Study of Higher Education Monograph Series Advisory Board (2006-present)
- Member, Editorial Board and Reviewer, Innovative Higher Education (2005-present)
- Panel Member, American Association of University Women Educational Foundation (2008-2009)
Allan, E., Iverson, S., & Ropers-Huilman, B. (Eds.) (2009). Reconstructing policy in higher education: Feminist poststructural perspectives. New York: Routledge.
Ropers-Huilman, B. & Palmer, B. (2008). Civic and feminist education: Bridging parallel approaches to teaching and learning. In S. Bracken, D. Dean, & J. Allen (Eds.) Most college students are women: Implications for teaching, learning and policy (pp. 11-28). Stylus Publishing.
Ropers-Huilman, B. (2008). Women faculty and the dance of identities: Constructing self and privilege within community. In J. Glazer-Raymo (Ed.) Unfinished business: Women, gender, and the new challenges of higher education (pp. 35-51). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Barnett, K., Ropers-Huilman, B., & Aaron, L. (2008). A planning process perspective on student activists’ upward influence attempts to effect campus change. Southern Communication Journal, 73(4), 1-15.
Ropers-Huilman, B., Carwile, L., & Barnett, K. (2005). Working the system: Student activists’ characterizations of and desired communication with higher education administrators. Review of Higher Education, 28(3), 295-312.
Wallace, D. , Ropers-Huilman, B., & Abel, R. (2004) Working in the margins: A study of university professionals serving marginalized student populations. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Journal, 41(4), 569-587.
Ropers-Huilman, B. (Ed.). (2003). Gendered futures in higher education: Critical perspectives for change. Albany, NY: SUNY.
Ropers-Huilman, B. (2001). Feminist poststructuralism in higher education: Opportunities for transforming teaching and learning. Organization, 8(2), 388-395.
Glazer-Raymo, J., Townsend, B., & Ropers-Huilman, B. (Eds.). (2000). Women in American higher education: A feminist perspective (Vol. 2). Needham Heights, MA: Ginn.
Wallace, D., Abel, R., & Ropers-Huilman, B. (2000). Clearing a path for success: Deconstructing borders through mentoring in higher education. Review of Higher Education, 24(1), 87-102.
Ropers-Huilman, B. (1999). Witnessing: Critical inquiry in a poststructural world. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 12(1), 21-35.
Ropers-Huilman, B. (1999). Scholarship on the other side: Power and caring in feminist education. National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 11(1), 118-135.
Ropers-Huilman, B. (1998). Feminist teaching in theory and practice: Situating power and knowledge in poststructural classrooms. New York: Teachers College.
Ropers-Huilman, B. (1998). Feminist teaching in higher education. In J. C. Smart (Ed.), Higher education: Handbook of theory and research, 13 (pp. 274-303). Bronx, NY: Agathon.
Ropers-Huilman, B. (1997). Constructing feminist teachers: Complexities of identity. Gender and Education, 9(3), 327-343.