Co-Learning with Patricia A. Somers: Rising from Humble Beginnings to Become an Academic Leader

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2024

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Texas Education Review

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In 1990, Patricia A. Somers was a quick-witted and brilliant mid-career student affairs administrator who finally decided to complete a doctorate at the University of New Orleans. Before taking the position at the University of Texas, specializing in research on college access, Pat became an outstanding professor and mentor at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In a short reflective essay, Pat tells her family story of rising from humble beginnings to a career studying access and supporting students starting their careers through doctoral study. After her inspiring message, I reflect on our collaboration over more than three decades as professors in higher education.

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