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College of Education

Natasha Croom

Associate Dean, Graduate School

Office: Martin E 106/8
Phone: 864-656-2878
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Education - Higher Education
Iowa State University 2011

M.S. Educational Administration - Higher Education
Texas A&M University 2005


Dr. Natasha N. Croom is Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the Graduate School and Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the College of Education at Clemson University.

As a critical race feminist scholar-practitioner, Dr. Croom is committed to identifying and disrupting interlocking systems of oppression that manifest within and are reinforced by institutions of higher education. Through use of critical qualitative methodologies and methods, she centers the experiences of womyn of color faculty and students to uncover how racism, sexism, classism, and other interlocking systems of oppression and privilege manifest in and create barriers to thriving and success in higher education environments. Through her praxis, Dr. Croom strives to work in and with communities to support the creation of practices and policies constructed from equity-based ideologies.

Dr. Croom’s work has been shared in The Review of Higher Education, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Negro Educational Review, Equity & Excellence in Education, About Campus, and the Journal for Student Affairs Research and Practice. She is co-editor of Envisioning Critical Race Praxis in Higher Education through Counter-Storytelling, Envisioning Critical Race Praxis in K-12 Education through Counter-Storytelling, Critical Perspectives on Black Women in College, and the first special issue of the NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education entitled Centering the Diverse Experiences of Black Women Undergraduates. In 2015, she was named as an Emerging Scholar by ACPA – College Student Educators International.

Dr. Croom is highly involved in the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, ACPA - Student Affairs Educators International and has served on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of College Student Development (JCSD), the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education.

Dr. Croom is currently an At-Large member of the ASHE Board of Directors and Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education.

Courses Taught

EDL 9100 – Introductory Doctoral Seminar
EDSA 8190 – Contemporary College Students
EDL 9620 – Higher Education Governance
EDL 9770 – Diversity Issues in Higher Education
EDL 9800 – Current Issues in Educational Leadership
EDL 9880 – Directed Research
EDL 9910 – Doctoral Dissertation Research

EDSA 8030 – Student Development Services in Higher Education
EDSA 8190 – Contemporary College Student
EDSA 8340 – Student Affairs Practicum
EDSA 8440 – Student Affairs Internship

Research Interests

Access, development, success for Black womyn faculty and students
Faculty advancement for womyn
Equity theory, policy, practice in higher education


Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education

Critical Perspectives on Black Women and College Success (Patton & Croom, 2017)

Envisioning Critical Race Praxis in Higher Education Through Counterstorytelling (Croom & Marsh, 2016)

Envisioning Critical Race Praxis in K-12 Education Through Counterstorytelling (Marsh & Croom, 2016)

Applying Black feminist epistemology, research, and praxis: Narratives in and through the academy. (Porter, Sule, Croom, 2023)