Dr. Tiffany Polite serves as the Program Manager for the UIA's involvement in the Frontier Set. She has nearly ten years of experience as a higher education professional, where equity, inclusion, and organizational development have been guiding themes in her inquiry and contribution. She has worked in a variety of academic and student affairs roles, with expertise in race, class, and organizational stratification. Most recently, she served as the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) Fellow at The Ohio State University, where she was responsible for providing guidance towards university transformation in support of closing equity gaps for historically marginalized student populations.
Tiffany’s research agenda focuses on the exercise of power within and between higher education institutions, particularly the role of institutions in the creation and maintenance of inequitable outcomes. She is especially passionate about improving the experiences and outcomes of underserved and underrepresented students at public and land grant institutions. A native Ohioan, Tiffany 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 higher education and student affairs from Western Kentucky University and a bachelor’s degree in Allied Medical Professions from Ohio State.