Assistant Professor

Dr. Tracy Arámbula Ballysingh is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Vermont. She teaches graduate-level courses in Program Assessment and Evaluation, Higher Education Organization and Administration, Social Justice and Inclusion in Higher Education, and Educational Policy. A qualitative P-16 educational access and completion scholar, her work explores the systems, structures, policies, and cultural contexts that preclude or promote achievement for 1st generation, low-income, and/or students of color.

Dr. Ballysingh's scholarship has been published in the Journal of School Leadership, the Association for Mexican American Educators Journal, the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, and New Directions for Institutional Research. She has contributed book chapters in two edited volumes, including: Ensuring the Success of Latino Males in Higher Education: A National Imperative (2016) and Latinx in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways and Success (2018). Dr. Ballysingh is active with the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and the American Educational Research Association. She has served as a faculty affiliate for Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) since 2016 and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education and the Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

Dr. Ballysingh has taught pre-k through graduate school, served as an academic advisor, mentor, and instructor for first-year/first-generation college students, as director of student success programs, and as a policy analyst for the Texas Senate’s Higher Education Committee. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Boston College, and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois.

Publications

Ballysingh, T. A. (2019). The varied college pathways of Latino young adults: A narrative study of empowerment theory. Professional School Counseling, 23(1), 1-12.

Kervick, C. T., Smith, L., Moore, M., Garnett, B. R., & Ballysingh, T. A. (2019). A pedagogical design to surface student voice by integrating youth participatory action research, restorative practices and critical service learning. International Journal of Student Voice, 5(2).

Ballysingh, T. A. (2019). Aspirational and high-achieving Latino college men who strive “Por mi madre”: Toward a proposed model of maternal cultural wealth. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.

Garnett, B. R., Smith, L. C., Kervick, C. T., Ballysingh, T. A., Moore, M, & Gonell, E. (2019). The emancipatory potential of mixed methods designs: Informing youth participatory action research and restorative practices within a district-wide school transformation project. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 42(3), 305-316.

Garnett, B. R., Moore, M. M., Kidde, J., Ballysingh, T. A., Kervick, C. T., Bedinger, L., Smith, L. C. & Sparks, H. (2019). Needs and readiness assessment for implementing school-wide restorative practice: A community based participatory action research study. Improving Schools.

Ballysingh, T. A., Zerquera, D. D., Sáenz, V. B., & Turner, C. S. V. (Eds.). (2017). Answering the call: Hispanic-Serving Institutions as leaders in the quest for access, excellence, and equity in American higher education. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 11(3).

Zerquera, D. D., Ballysingh, T. A., & Templeton, E. (2017). A critical look at perspectives of access and mission at diverse urban universities. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 11(3).

Ozuna, T. G., Sáenz, V. B., Ballysingh, T. A. & Yamamura, E. (2016). Examining culturally responsive college readiness in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Journal of School Leadership, 26, 154-182.

Gonzalez, K. G., & Ballysingh, T. A. (2012). Increasing Latina/o college completion: Mistakes and opportunities. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 11, 279-290.

Book Chapters

Pérez II, D., Garcia-Louis, C. Ballysingh, T. A., & Martinez, E. (2018). Advancing an anti-deficit achievement framework for Latinx college students. In A. E. Batista, S. M. Collado, and D. Pérez II (Eds.), Latinx in higher education: Exploring identity, pathways and success. National Association for Student Personnel Administrators.

Ballysingh, T. A. (2016). Caballeros making capital gains in college: The role of social capital in first-year persistence at a predominantly white 4-year institution. In V. B. Sáenz, L. Ponjuán, and J. L. Figueroa (Eds.), Ensuring the success of Latino males in higher education: A national imperative (pp. 152-173). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Awards and Recognition

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Faculty Fellowship (2019)

Alexander Caswell Ellis Graduate Fellowship in Educational Administration The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2010-2011)

AAHHE Graduate Fellowship American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Tempe, AZ (2009-2011)

Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Graduate Fellowship The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2009-2010)

David Bruton Graduate Fellowship The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2009-2010)

National Summer Institute Graduate Fellowship The University of Denver, Denver, CO (2009)

University Graduate Continuing Fellowship The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2007-2008)

Charles F. Donovan Urban Teaching Scholarship Boston College, Chesnut Hill, MA (1997-1998)

CIC SROP Undergraduate Research Fellowship University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (1995)

Associations and Affiliations

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE); American College Personnel Association (ACPA); American Educational Research Association (AERA); Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE); National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Tracy Arámbula Ballysingh

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • First-generation college students
  • P-16 access/equity
  • Socio-cultural and historic contexts of education

Education

  • Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Boston College
  • B.A. in Sociology from University of Illinois

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-4124
Office Location:

210C Mann Hall