Equity, Social Justice in Higher Education Focus of New Book by Southeast Education Professor


Dr. C.P. Gause, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Southeast Missouri State University, recently edited and contributed to a new book, “Leadership, Equity, and Social Justice in American Higher Education.”

The purpose of the book is to “critique” the current state of American higher education through the lenses of critical theory and critical pedagogy. It also seeks to impact higher education preparation programs by filling the void in the literature from voices of the field, according to Gause. The contributing authors are a diverse array of scholars and practitioners who are committed to moral and shared leadership, equity and access, and social justice. The book is published by Peter Lang.

Sonia Rucker, director of Institutional Equity & Diversity and Title IX administrator at Southeast, endorsed the new book.

“This book is a must read for those teaching in the Academy, working in the field of higher education and especially for those seeking to be the next generation of leaders in our nation’s colleges and universities,” Rucker said. “This will be a powerful and indispensable resource for those committed to continuing to explore the concepts of diversity, equity and social justice in our institutions of higher learning.”

Gause’s published works include “Black Masculinity in America: Can I Get a Witness?” from Booklocker.com, “Integration Matters” from Peter Lang, and “Keeping the Promise” coedited with Dennis Carlson, also from Peter Lang.  He received his doctoral degree in educational leadership from Miami University.  He earned master’s degrees in educational administration from The University of South Carolina-Columbia and teaching-elementary education from Columbia International University.