Dr. Jennifer Ng began her faculty career at KU in 2004 and is a professor in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She currently serves as the Interim Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity and has been in this role since May of 2019. Prior to that, she worked with faculty and students across campus as the unit’s Director of Academic Inclusion.
Jennifer’s research and teaching interests focus on how the social contexts of schooling affect educators’ work, especially with race, class, culture and other forms of difference as primary features. Her service and leadership complement her scholarly interests. In 2014, she co-founded KU’s Asian and Asian-American Faculty and Staff Council and served as its first president. In 2015, she was appointed to a special Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group convened by the Provost. She served as a faculty fellow in the Office of Faculty Development from 2016-2018, and she is a member of the Kansas Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Jennifer is a distinguished teacher and received the School of Education’s Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2009, the Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship in 2011, and the Dr. Bob Frederick Educator Award in 2016. She was awarded a Keeler Intra-University Professorship in 2010 and selected to be part of the Leadership Kansas Class of 2015. Her other honors include the Steeples Service to Kansans Award in 2017 and the School of Education Faculty Achievement Award for Service in 2018.
Jennifer completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Iowa. She earned her doctorate in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before working in higher education, she was also a middle school English teacher in Houston, Texas.