For Students, Faculty, and Staff: MyU One Stop

Rashne Jehangir

Associate Professor


Postsecondary Teaching & Learning
214 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr S E

T: (612) 625-3551

Office Hours:

by appointment


PhD Higher Education, University of Minnesota

MA Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology University of Minnesota

BA Psychology, Lawrence University

What motivates me in my work?

Relationships and connection are what motivate my work.  I am motivated to cultivate meaningful relationships with my students and colleagues to create collaborative spaces to think and work together.  I am also interested in the relationship between teaching, research and practice. How does my research connect to practice?  How do our practices in the classroom and around campus support or constrain the development of students, especially those who have been historically underrepresented in higher education?  How do we create innovative connections between academic and student affairs and between faculty and students?   My scholarship and teaching is specifically focused on addressing access, equity, and student development in college for students who are first in their family to go to college.

What can students expect from me?

In my class you can expect to get to know me and your classmates well! I believe that teaching and learning is the practice of bringing together people and ideas to create a transformation.  The transformation may be different for each participant to participate in creating transformational spaces students can expect to begin by defining the classroom as a community and to: (a) engage in self-reflection, (b) use collaboration and conflict as a catalyst to spur deeper learning, and (c) examine identity of self and community central to the big questions of the course.  At the end of the semester students should be able to see answer the question: How can I take what I have learned in this class and apply it to other contexts, classrooms, and lived experiences? 


Full Bio

Rashné Jehangir is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning in the College of Education & Human Development at the U of M.

Her research interests include student development, access, retention and graduation of low-income, first-generation students and the transformation of teaching and learning to address intellectual, social, emotional and student development. Specifically, she has focused on the ways in which learning communities along with multicultural curriculum can serve as a pedagogical vehicle to challenge the isolation and marginalization of first-generation, low-income college students in college. She has also worked closely with local TRiO programs to develop social and academic supports for the students they serve. Her recent book  Higher Education and First Generation Students: Cultivating Community, Voice and Place for the New Majority includes a qualitative study of longitudinal impact of learning community participation on the college experience of low-income, first-generation students. Dr Jehangir has been a regional and national consultant for faculty development and learning communities and has been an invited speaker at the Council for Opportunity in Education National Conference and the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education and numerous faculty trainings around the country. 

Rashné teaches courses in the social sciences and the humanities with a focus on race, class and gender issues in the United States and abroad. Most recently she has taught Stories of Change: Global Perspectives. In Fall 2008 she joined 10 other PsTL faculty to teach a new First Year Inquiry Course for all CEHD first year students. Rashné's section focuses on stories and narratives as game changers and uses the ipad as a medium to create short documentary films.  Her current research projects focus on how narrative pedagogy impacts student learning outomes and is using photo-narrative methods to explore the experiences of first generation, low-income students as they transition from high school to college.


Selected Publications

  1. Jehangir, R. ( 2012). Conflict as a catalyst for learning. About Campus, 17(2), 2-8

  2. Jehangir, R., Williams, R., & Pete, J. (2012). The influence of multicultural learning communities on the intrapersonal development of first-generation college students. Journal of College Student Development. 53 (2), 267-284.

  3. Jehangir, R.,Williams, R., & Pete, J. (2011). Multicultural learning communities: Vehicles for developing self-authorship in first-generation college students. Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 23(1), 55-76.

  4. Jehangir, R. (2010). Stories as knowledge: Bringing the lived experience of first-generation college students into the academy. Urban Education, 45(4),533-553. [Special issue: Bringing the neighborhood into the classroom: Implications for urban education] Podcast of authors’ discussion available at

  5. Jehangir, R.(2009). Cultivating voice: First-generation students seek full academic citizenship in multicultural learning communities. Innovative Higher Education,34(1), 33-49.

  6. Jehangir, R. (2010) Higher education and first-generation students: Cultivating community, voice and place for the new majority. Palgrave Macmillan Press.

  7. Jehangir, R. (2009). In search of place: Using case studies to create counter-hegemonic spaces in higher education. In D. Cleveland (Ed.), When minorities are strongly encouraged to apply diversity and affirmative action in higher education (pp. 281-288). Higher Ed Series: Questions About the Purposes of Colleges and Universities. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

  8. Jehangir, R.(2008). In their own words: Voices of first-generation students in a multicultural learning community. Opportunity Matters, 1(1), 22-31. [A publication of the Pell Institute, Washington, DC]

  9. Jehangir, R.(2008). In their own words: Voices of first generation students in a multicultural learning community. Opportunity Matters, 1(1), 22-31. [A publication of the Pell Institute, Washington, DC]

  10. Jehangir, R.(2008). Charting new courses: Learning communities and universal design. In J. L. Higbee & E. Goff (Eds.), Pedagogy and student services for institutional transformation: Implementing universal design in higher education(pp. 183-194). Reprinted from Curriculum transformation and disability: Implementing universal design in higher education(pp. 79-91).

  11. Higbee, J. L., Miksch, K. L., Jehangir, R., Lundell, D. B., Bruch, P. L., & Jiang, F. (2007). Assessing our commitment to providing a multicultural learning experience. In J. L. Higbee, L. MacDonald, D. Van Blerkom, E. Miller Payne, & R. Smilkstein (Eds.), Best practices in college reading and learning: In memory of Cynthia, L. Peterson (pp. 125-139). El Dorado, KS: College Reading and Learning Association. Reprinted from Journal of College Reading and Learning, 34(2), 61-74.  

Selected Presentations

  1. Rashne Jehangir was invited to be a guest on Minnesota Public Radio's new show the Daily Circuit with host Kerri Miller.  The show aired on December 5, 2013 and was titled When the first in a family goes to college.The show focused on the experience of first-generation college students in higher education.  To listen:

  2. Jehangir, R. (2014. May). Unpacking the Complexity of the First-Generation College Student Experience: Implications for Campus and Classroom, Chicago, IL.  Keynote address for the Chicago Area Faculty Development Network, a Consortium of 20 institutions in the Chicago Area.  

  3. Jehangir, R. and Schoem. D. (2012, October). Invited speaker for Pre-conference Workshop. Engaging Difference, Encouraging Dialogue, Cultivating Civic Engagement. AACU Conference on Diversity and Learning: Modeling Equity, Engaging Difference: New Frameworks for Diversity and Learning. Baltimore, MD.

  4. Jehangir, R. (2012, May). Invited Keynote address for the Learning Communities Regional Conference. Why learning communities matter in the age of Facebook. Inver Hills Community College.

  5. Jehangir, R. (2011, July). Invited speaker for Summer Faculty Development Workshop on First-Generation Students and Learning Communities. Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL.

  6. Jehangir, R. (2011, June). Invited expert resource faculty. Annual Learning Communities Summer Institute. The Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education. Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.

  7. Higbee, J. L., Jehangir, R., Madyun, N., Duranczyk, I.  (2010, November). Evaluation of a mentoring model for promotion and tenure. Paper presented at the Keeping our Faculties of Color Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

  8. Jehangir, R., & Williams, R. (2009, November). Learning communities and critical multicultural pedagogy: Narratives of first-generation college students at a predominantly White university. Round Table at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

  9. Jehangir, R., & Williams, R. (2009, February). Moving forward, looking back: Voices of first-generation students in a multicultural learning community. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience, Orlando, FL.

  10. Jehangir, R., & Williams, K. (2007, September). Adapting the learning community model & service learning to college opportunity programs. Paper presented at theNational Conference for the Council for Opportunity in Education, Chicago, IL. Invited speaker for the Pell Institute Research Strand.

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