A first-generation college student, Dr. Turner entered UC Davis on a Cal Aggie Alumni Association scholarship. She is a member of the UC Davis Golden Society alumni, a graduate of the first MA cohort in the School of Education, and the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumna award. Currently, Caroline Turner, an internationally recognized and award-winning scholar, is Professor for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program and served as Interim Dean for the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento. She is past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the leading scholarly society for research on higher education. Previously, she served as Lincoln Professor of Higher Education and Ethics at Arizona State University and as Professor of Educational Policy & Administration at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Turner’s research interests focus on access, equity, leadership, and policy in education. Her recent book, Modeling Mentoring Across Race/Ethnicity and Gender: Practices to Cultivate the Next Generation of Diverse Faculty, addresses the preparation of the next generation of education professionals.
Including the University of California, Davis School of Education Distinguished Alumna Award, Turner’s numerous recognitions include the Yolo County Mexican American Concilio Pilar Andrade Award for community service, Sacramento State’s University-Wide Faculty Award for Research and Creative Activity, and the American Educational Research Association’s Scholars of Color in Education Career Contribution Award. Turner received her undergraduate degree in history and her master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.