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About Ronald Hallett

Ronald Hallett is an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of the Pacific and a research associate in the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. A former school teacher, his research focuses on issues related to educational equity and access for low-income and marginalized students. Understanding barriers related to educational access is the overarching goal of his research. Hallett focuses on the experiences of underserved and marginalized student groups as they persist through high school and transition to postsecondary institutions. In particular, he explores on how homeless youth experience high school and the transition to college. He uses qualitative methodologies and social theories to explore and critique the educational process. Three themes frame his work: the social context of education; K-12 and postsecondary linkages; and, qualitative approaches to research with marginalized youth. The themes work together in allowing for the understanding of how the lived experiences of underserved students frame their transition through the educational process.
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2014 - Present Associate Professor, University of the Pacific Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
2006 - Present Research Associate, University of Southern California ‐ Pullias Center for Higher Education
2009 - 2014 Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Justice Award, University of the Pacific 2014
  • Young Academic Fellow, Institute for Higher Education Policy & Lumina Foundation 2011
  • Community Appreciation Award, Lincoln Latin Leadership, Lincoln School District 2011
  • Dissertation of the Year, Rossier School of Education 2010
  • Dean’s Fellowship in Urban Education, Rossier School of Education 2005-2009
  • Eberhardt Teacher Scholar Award, University of the Pacific 2017


  • Action Research
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Applied Inquiry I: Introduction to Doctoral Research
  • Applied Inquiry III: Conduction a Scholarly Review of Research
  • Applied Inquiry IV: Developing a Dissertation Proposal
  • Cultural Diversity and Educational Administration
  • Educational Administration and Complex Organizations
  • Pluralism in American Education
  • Politics and Policymaking
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Sociology of Education


2009 Ph.D., Urban Educational Policy, University of Southern California
2003 Special Education Teaching Credential, George Washington University
2003 M.A., Education and Human Development, George Washington University
1999 B.A., Communication Studies, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Contact Information

Phone: 209.946.2265


Books and Book Chapters (4)

Books and book chapters written or edited by Dr. Ronald E. Hallett.

Homeless and Highly Mobile Youth (10)

Undocumented Youth (1)

Qualitative Research (3)

College Access (4)

Articles (9)

Journal articles written by Dr. Ronald E. Hallett.