Dr. Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton

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Phone: 657-278-7953

Dr. Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton

Associate Professor


Dr. Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton (She/Hers) is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership program. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Ramirez- Stapleton attended Wright State University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Social Work and a minor in African and African American Studies. Highly involved as an undergraduate, she was encouraged to continue her education at the University of Dayton. She graduated in 2006 with a Masters in Science and Education in College Student Personnel.

Once she graduated, Ramirez-Stapleton worked as a Community Director in Residence Life at California State University, Northridge, and as a Spirituality Living Learning Specialist for Semester at Sea. Through her residential life work with the Lighthouse Living Learning community, international service work with Deaf Jamaican and Ghanaian communities, and scholarly curiosity on ways to better support Deaf college students' lives, Ramirez-Stapleton decided to pursue her doctorate at Iowa State University.

Ramirez-Stapleton graduated in 2014 with her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education and Social Justice and a minor in Women's Studies. She won the 2015 Melvene D. Hardee NASPA Dissertation of the Year award, was a 2018 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow, and was a 2019 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Fellow. Ramirez- Stapleton loves dancing, movies, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Ph.D.   Iowa State University

M.S.E.   University of Dayton

B.S.   Wright State University

Research Areas

  • The intersection of race, gender, and Deaf experiences within higher education  
  • Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) and disability  
  • Equity, access, and disability within higher education


  • Stapleton, L.D.   & Gillon, K.E. (2021). Audism and hearing privilege within higher education: A snapshot into the lives of diverse Deaf communities.   In Hinton, K.G., Grim, V., Howard-Hamilton, M.F., Brown, O.G., & Davenport, M. Y. (2nd ed.),   Unleashing suppressed voices on college campuses: Diversity issues in higher education   (pp. 27-43). Peter Lang.   Ramirez-Stapleton, L.D.,   & Duarte, D.* (2021). When you think you know: Restorative justice between a faculty member and a Deaf + student.   New Directions in Student Services,   11-26.   https://doi: 10.1002/ss.20374  
  • Johnson, S.G.,   Stapleton, L.D.,   & Berrett, B. (2020) Deaf community cultural wealth among community college students.   Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education,   25(4), 438-446, https://doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enaa016  
  • Stapleton, L.D.,   & James, L.* (2020). Not another White study: Challenging color-evasiveness ideology in disability scholarship.   Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 33(3), 213-320.  
  • Ramirez-Stapleton, L.D.   & Torres, L. (Eds.). (2020). Special Issue on Disability justice, race & education.   Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity. 6(1), 28-39.   https://journals.shareok.org/jcscore/issue/view/11
  • Osborne, L.,*   Stapleton, L.D.   Herrington, J.*, Hayes, A.** (2019). Unlocking the doors: Overlapping identities within Black Deaf communities. In Harris, J., Darris, M., Garvey, J., Porter, C., & Perez, R.,   Case Studies for Student Development Theory: Advancing Social Justice & Inclusion in Higher Education   (pp.95-97). Routledge.  
  • Stapleton, L.D.   & Nicolazzo, Z. (2019). Greek life reimagined: Deaf culture and mainstream Greek life.   New Directions in Student Services, 165,   87-98. http://doi:10.1002/ss.20289.  
  • Brown, K., Peña, E.V., Broido, E.M.,   Stapleton, L.D.,   & Evans, N.J. (2019). Understanding disability frameworks in higher education research. In J. Huisman and M. Tight (Eds.).,   Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. (Vol 5., pp. 19-36). Emerald Publishing Limited.  
  • Peña, E.,   Stapleton, L.D.,   Brown, K., Stygles, K.*, Broido, E., & Rankin, S. (2018). Scholarship and Assessment of Disability Experiences in Higher Education: Emerging perspectives.   College Student Affairs Journal, 36(2), 1-14.  
  • Bhavsar, G.P., Grote, K.G., Galvan, M.C., Tyutina, S.V., Guan, S.A.,   Stapleton, L.D.,   & Knotts, G. (2018). Evaluation of first-year faculty learning communities on teaching effectiveness and scholarship: An exploratory study.   Journal of Faculty Development, 32(2), 1-8.  
  • Stapleton, L.D., & Croom, N.N. (2017). Narratives of Black d/Deaf college alum: Reflections on intersecting microaggressions in college.   Journal of Student Affairs, Research, and Practice, 54(1), 15-27.  
  • Peña, E.,   Stapleton, L.,   & Schaffer, L.* (2016). Critical disability student development theory.   New Directions of Student Affairs, 154,   85-96.   http://doi:10.1002/ss.20177.  
  • Stapleton, L.D.   (2016). Audism and racism: The hidden curriculum impacting Black d/Deaf college students in the classroom.   The Negro Educational Review, 67(1-4), 149-168.