Barbara and Glenn Thompson Professor in Educational Leadership
270-H Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1326
Xueli Wang is the Barbara and Glenn Thompson Endowed Professor in Educational Leadership and a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She teaches graduate courses on community colleges, assessment in higher education, and mixed methods research in education. With a focus on STEM education and community colleges, Dr. Wang’s research is aimed at identifying practices, structures, and policies toward transformative change for optimal educational opportunities and equitable outcomes. In collaboration with a number of community and technical colleges, her NSF-funded longitudinal, mixed methods projects have investigated beginning two-year college students’ pathways and success, particularly in STEM fields, as well as how faculty development translates into teaching practices that subsequently shape students’ experiences and outcomes. A recent example of Dr. Wang’s work is her book “On My Own” (Harvard Education Press, published April 2020): https://www.hepg.org/hep-home/books/on-my-own. Grounded in longitudinal, mixed methods research, this book unravels inequities in access to transfer, particularly in STEM fields of study, and illuminates policy and practices toward cultivating equitable STEM transfer pathways.
- BA English, Beijing International Studies University,
- MA Applied Linguistics, Beijing International Studies University,
- PhD Higher Education, The Ohio State University, 2008
- MA Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University, 2007
- Wang, X., Wickersham, K., Zhu, X., Zheng, P., Wagner, B., & Prevost, A. (2021). Supporting Community College Students’ Mental Health During and Beyond Covid-19. Teachers College Record. https://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=23768.
- Wang, X., (2020). On my own: The challenge and promise of building equitable STEM transfer pathways. Harvard Education Press Online Publication/Abstract.
- Wang, X., Wickersham, K., Lee, S., Lor, N., Gaskew, A., & Prevost, A. (2020). The road to becoming a scientist: A mixed methods investigation of supports and barriers experienced by first-year community college students. Teachers College Record
- Wang, X., & Lee, S. (2019). Investigating the psychometric properties of a new survey instrument measuring factors contributing to upward transfer in STEM fields. The Review of Higher Education, 42(2), 339-384. Online Publication/Abstract.
- Wang, X., Lee, Y., & Wickersham, K. (2019). The role of community college attendance in shaping baccalaureate recipients’ access to graduate and professional Education. Educational Researcher Online Publication/Abstract.
- Chan, H., & Wang, X. (2018). Momentum through course-completion patterns among two-year college students beginning in STEM: Variations and contributing factors. Research in Higher Education, 59(6), 704-743. Online Publication/Abstract.
- Wang, X., Wickersham, K., Lee, Y., & Chan, H. (2018). Exploring sources and influences of social capital on community college students’ first-year persistence: Does age make a difference?. Teachers College Record, 120(10) Online Publication/Abstract.
- Wang, X., Chuang, Y., & McCready, B. (2017). The Effect of Earning an Associate Degree on Community College Transfer Students’ Performance and Success at Four-Year Institutions. Teachers College Record, 119(2), 1-. Online Publication/Abstract.
- Wang, X., Sun, N., & Wickersham, K. (2017). Turning math remediation into “homeroom”: Contextualization as a motivational environment for remedial math students at community colleges. The Review of Higher Education, 40(3), 427-464. Online Publication/Abstract.
- Wang, X., Sun, N., Lee, S., & Wagner, B. (2017). Does active learning contribute to transfer intent among two-year college students beginning in STEM?. The Journal of Higher Education, 88(4), 593 - 618. Online Publication/Abstract.
Select Awards and Honors
- Outstanding Publication Award, Postsecondary Division, American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2021
- Transfer Champion–Catalyst Award, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, 2021
- Barbara Townsend lecture, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2020
- Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020
- Teacher of the Year Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, 2019
- Visiting Faculty Scholar of Color, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
- Teacher of the Year Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, 2017
- Teacher of the Year Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, 2016
- Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award, Council for the Study of Community Colleges, 2015
- Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award, Association for Institutional Research, 2015