Meet the Director

Justin Ortagus, Ph.D.

Director, Institute of Higher Education
Associate Professor, Higher Education Administration & Policy

Justin C. Ortagus is an Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration & Policy and Director of the Institute of Higher Education. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Florida, Dr. Ortagus obtained his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Pennsylvania State University. His research typically examines the impact of online education, community colleges, and state policies on the opportunities and outcomes of underserved students. His recent work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation and published in such venues as the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, the Journal of Higher Education, and Research in Higher Education.

Phone: 352.273.4338

Research Affiliates

Pasha Antonenko, Ph.D.

Ashley Edwards

Frank Fernandez, Ph.D.

Xiaodan Hu, Ph.D.

Rodney Hughes, Ph.D.

Robert Kelchen, Ph.D.

Andrew Koricich, Ph.D.

Lindsay Lynch, Ed.D.

Isaac McFarlin, Ph.D.

Sindia Rivera-Jiménez, Ph.D.

Sindia Rivera-Jiménez, Ph.D.

Kelly Rosinger, Ph.D.

Jonathan Smith, Ph.D.

Andria Smythe, Ph.D.

Benjamin Skinner, Ph.D.

Graduate Assistants

• Hope Allchin, Ph.D. student
• Rachel Dean, Ph.D. student
• Jacob Dirghalli, Ph.D. student
• Olivia Morales, Ph.D. student
• Anna Peters, Ph.D. student
• Olivia Tyler, Ph.D. student