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Nathan Sorber, Ph.D. 

Director, Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Higher Education Administration Program
Phone: 304-293-5928

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Rodney Hughes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration Program
WVU College of Education and Human Services
Phone: 304-293-1657

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Erin McHenry-Sorber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration Program
WVU College of Education and Human Services
Phone: 304-293-2090

Affiliate Scholars


Matthew Campbell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, WVU College of Education and Human Services
Phone: 304-293-4714

Stephen Gavazzi         

Stephen Gavazzi, Ph.D.

Professor of Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Phone: (614) 247-9711 

Graduate Assistant


Lorena Ballester

I am a research assistant for the Land-Grant Center; and I have been a teaching assistant in the Higher Education Program and the Five Year Teacher Education Program at CEHS. Previously, I worked as an instructor and assistant coordinator for the Basic Spanish Program at Eberly College. I have served as a mentor for incoming international graduate teaching assistants through the Teaching and Learning Commons since 2012.

My research interests include organizational socialization, internationalization of graduate education, diversity issues in higher education, and graduate student development. I have presented at various conferences including the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) and the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS). I conducted research for the Office of Graduate Education and Life aimed at improving policy and program offerings. I serve as a reviewer for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and as the Editor for the Graduate Student Journal of Higher Education, WVU. I welcome opportunities in research collaboration.

I am a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration and a Chancellor’s Scholar fellow; I obtained a M.A. in World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics from WVU, and a B.A. in Education Sciences from the National University of Rosario, Argentina. My professional goal is to become a professor of higher education at a research university.