Tiffany N. Polite

The Ohio State University

Dr. Tiffany Polite is the University Innovation Alliance Fellow at The Ohio State University. She has nearly ten years of experience as a higher education professional, having worked in a variety of student and academic affairs units. Most recently, she served as special assistant to the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Life at Ohio State. In this capacity, she worked to align departmental initiatives with the Inclusive Excellence framework.

Tiffany’s research agenda focuses on the exercise and maintenance of power amongst higher education institutions, particularly the role of institutions in the creation and maintenance of inequalities in higher education. Drawing from her experiences as a Black, first-generation college student, she is especially passionate about improving the experiences and outcomes of underserved and underrepresented students. She earned her PhD in Educational Studies with a specialization in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State. She also earned a master’s degree in counseling and student affairs from Western Kentucky University and a bachelor’s degree in allied medical professions from Ohio State.