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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation




Education Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

Second Advisor

Dr. Eric Thomas Weber


This dissertation contributes to education equity scholarship produced by academics seeking to develop understandings of disability, Persons with Disabilities (PWD), and how both are situated amongst faculty in institutions of higher education. As such, this dissertation centers on a study of public US universities belonging to the Association of American Universities (AAU). This study looks for institutional level associations between respective rates by which college and university faculty with disabilities (FWD) are employed, certain aspects of disability policy drawn from each institution’s 2020 Affirmative Action Plans (AAP), and various other instances of empirical disability data (EDD).

While this study contributes to literature focused on understanding the number of FWD employed by colleges and universities in the US, it is mainly focused on continuing to develop measures of certain environmental barriers; specifically, in facing FWD amongst the 36 public institutions of the AAU, and deriving from certain aspects of institutional praxis, disability policy and the general quality of certain instances of EDD. Ultimately, this work aims to reduce the impact of educational injustices faced by PWD by addressing certain systemically based institutional level barriers which may be leading to the heightened degree of marginalization adversely affecting college and university FWD in the United States (US).

KEYWORDS: Facultas Marginem (FM), faculty with disabilities (FWD), Association of American Universities (AAU), Affirmative Action Plan (AAP), datistic efficacy (DE), Program Analysis of Service Systems’ Implementation of Normalization Goals (PASSING).

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