Dr. Jacqueline Gatson

Jacqueline M. Gatson, Ed.D.

Interim Associate Director, Graduate and Organizational Diversity Strategist, Minority Engineering Program


Jacqueline M. Gatson, Ed.D., is the Interim Associate Director and the Graduate and Organizational Diversity Strategist for Purdue University’s Minority Engineering Program (MEP). She is charged with recruiting and developing retention strategies for domestic underrepresented graduate students for Purdue’s College of Engineering. Jacqueline is also responsible for cultivating and enhancing Purdue’s leadership in diversity among national organizations and industry partners focused on student success in STEM.

Jacqueline has over a decade of experience in the higher education arena specializing in university and industry engagement, student affairs and STEM programs and partnership development. Her doctoral research, “Industry-university engagement in multicultural engineering programs: an exploratory study,” contributes to the literature on MEPs and provides an in-depth view of the practices, benefits, and challenges of MEP and Industry Partnerships. 

Jacqueline is a graduate of Grambling State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication (Public Relations) and a dual graduate from Kansas State University with a M.S. in Counseling and Student Development and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

She is recognized for her leadership and creativity in conceptualizing and managing nationwide programming and events. Jacqueline has served in numerous roles with Kansas State University, predominantly serving the STEM sector including: Assistant Director, Career and Employment Services, College of Engineering and STEM Careers; Program Coordinator, College of Engineering; and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Multicultural Engineering Program. Most recently, she served as an Instructor and Special Coordinator for Strategic Partnerships with the Educational Leadership department at Kansas State University.

Throughout her career, Jacqueline has served on several national boards, committees and research projects. She was elected Region D Chair (2010 -2013) of the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates, Inc. (NAMEPA) and served as National Co-Chair of the organization’s annual conference two consecutive years (2012, 2013). In addition, Jacqueline has served as a Targeted Research Assistant with the Foundation for California Community Colleges in partnership with the National Science Foundation and a Research Assistant with the IDEA Center based in Manhattan, KS. Outside of STEM, she was a facilitator at the Oxford Round Table Symposium at Oxford University in England and a contributor for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.

Jacqueline is a Louisiana native. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, photography, creating and connecting. Creating opportunities to help others move one step closer to their dreams through words, thoughts, experiences or deeds is her true passion.

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