Marybeth Gasman

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Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D., is Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education & a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, & Justice as well as the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers University, she held the Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and as the Director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. She is one of the leading authorities in the country on historically black colleges (HBCUs).[1] Gasman is an historian of higher education and served as the vice president of the history and historiography section of the American Educational Research Association from 2011–2014, and as the chair of the American Association of University Professor's Committee on HBCUs.[1] In 2006, Dr. Gasman received the Association for the Study of Higher Education's Promising Scholar/Early Career Award, and in 2008 she won the Penn Excellence in Teaching Award.[2] She is also the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania's Provost Award for Ph.D. Mentoring and Teaching.


Gasman is the author of 25 books, including Making Black Scientists: A Call to Action (with Thai-Huy Nguyen), published by Harvard University Press in 2019. Making Black Scientists was reviewed by Science in 2019. She is also the author (along with Clif Conrad) of Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions (Harvard University Press, 2017). Dr. Gasman's 2007 bookEnvisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund, was cited as "an invaluable contribution" to the field of higher education for African Americans and to "the general area of the history of higher education.[3] Gasman has also published The Essential Guide to Fundraising from Diverse College Alumni (with Nelson Bowman), The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation's Newest African American Medical School (with Louis Sullivan), Booker T. Washington Rediscovered (with Michael Bieze), A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An All Campus Approach(with Nelson Bowman), Race, Gender, and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (with Noah D. Drezner, Edward Epstein, Tyrone Freeman, and Vida Avery), Unearthing Promise and Potential: Our Nation's Historically Black College and Universities (with Valerie Lundy Wagner, Tafaya Ransom, and Nelson Bowman), Charles S. Johnson: Leadership beyond the Veil in the Age of Jim Crow (with Patrick J. Gilpin), and Supporting Alma Mater: Successful Strategies for Securing Funds from Black College Alumni (with Sibby Anderson-Thompkins). She is an editor of Minority Serving Institutions: A Prime (with Andrés Castro Samayoa), Contemporary Issues in Higher Education] (with Andrés Castro Samayoa), Educational Challenges and Opportunities at Minority Serving Institutions] (with Andrés Castro Samayoa, William Casey Poland, and Paola Esmieu), Academics Going Public, Opportunities and Challenges at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (with Felecia Commodore), Exploring Diversity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Implications for Policy and Practice (with Robert Palmer and Robert Shorette), Fostering Success of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in STEM: The Role of Minority Serving Institutions (with Robert Palmer and Dina Maramba), The History of Higher Education: Methods for Uncovering the Past, Gender and Educational Philanthropy: New Perspectives on Funding, Collaboration, and Assessment (with Alice Ginsberg), Understanding Minority Serving Institutions (with Benjamin Baez and Caroline Turner), Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Triumphs, Troubles, and Taboos (with Christopher Tudico), and Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Volunteerism in Higher Education (with Andrea Walton), Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education (with Kate Sedgwick) .[2]

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Gasman is well known for an op-ed that she wrote for The Washington Post in 2016. The op-ed, titled "An Ivy League Professor on Why Colleges Don't Hire More Faculty of Color," received substantial and wide attention in higher education circles. Gasman contributes to several blogs, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Choice: Demystifying College Admissions and Aid by [The New York Times].[4] Gasman is often quoted in the media as an expert on HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Herald-Sun (Durham), Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Guardian, Time Higher Education, and The New York Times.


Gasman received a B.A. in Political Science and Communication at St. Norbert College (1990) and an M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (2000) in Higher Education and Law at Indiana University. Gasman was a Penn GSE faculty member from 2003-2016.[2] She joined the faculty at Rutgers University in Fall 2019.


In 2019, Inside Higher Education published an article about Gasman, then Director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, and anonymous allegations made against her for “fostering a hypersexualized and racially insensitive climate” by former student assistants. The Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, Gasman’s former employer, did not comment on the article as the university does not comment on personnel issues, but expressed a “commitment to a respectful, professional workplace and a strong, equitable, and responsive community.” Penn said Gasman “got an excellent offer from Rutgers and chose to take it.” On September 1, 2019, Gasman moved to Rutgers University, which, according to the university, “vetted her before appointing her as Distinguished Professor and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education” and was ”eagerly looking forward to her joining the faculty as an internationally recognized expert in U.S. higher education.”


  1. ^ a b "Who is Marybeth Gasman?". Diverse Issues in Higher Education. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2011-01-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Marybeth Gasman". Penn GSE. Retrieved 2011-01-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Review of Envisioning Black Colleges". The Review of Higher Education, Volume 31, Number 4. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Blog Posts by Marybeth Gasman". Penn GSE. Retrieved 2011-01-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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