Center for Student Success Research

Ezekiel Kimball

Dr. Ezekiel Kimball is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and the Associate Director of the Center for Student Success Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. An expert on the postsecondary success trajectories of students with disabilities, his publications have appeared in the Journal of College Student Development,  Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and New Directions in Institutional Research. In recognition of his scholarly achievements, Dr. Kimball has been named an ACPA Emerging Scholar by ACPA: College Educators International, a Family Research Scholar by the Center for Research on Families, and a Public Engagement Fellow by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

As an Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Dr. Kimball teaches courses related to student development theory; student affairs practice; research design; and qualitative research methods. He also serves as the instructor for a first year seminar course, FYS197 Disability in American Civic Life, that utilizes participatory action research methods to help undergraduate students produce new empirical information about how stigma related to disability shapes postsecondary learning environments. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dr. Kimball worked as an administrator at Curry College, Maine College of Art, and PSL STRIVE / STRIVE U, where much of his work focused on supporting students with disabilities.

In his role as the Associate Director of the Center for Student Success Research, Dr. Kimball leads the Disability in Higher Education Working Group. This group of approximately fifteen faculty members, graduate students, and university administrators produce empirical research related to the postsecondary experiences of students with disabilities. Both Dr. Kimball and other group members regularly present on issues related to disability to local, state, regional, national, and international audiences.

Recent Awards

  • Faculty Fellow, Public Engagement Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018
  • Spencer Grant Recipient, Making Disability Visible in Higher Education Research: Addressing Quantitative, Qualitative, and Theoretical Limitations
  • Diversity Scholar, National Center for Institutional Diversity, 2017

Recent Works

Gowen, G. H. & Kimball E. (2017). Normal schools revisited: A theoretical reinterpretation of the historiography of normal schools. The Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs3(1), 128-143. Retrieved from

Kimball, E., Friedensen, R., & Silva, E. (2017). Engaging disability: Trajectories of involvement for college students with disabilities. In E. Kim & K. C. Aquino (Eds.), Disability as Diversity in Higher Education: Policies and Practices to Enhance Student Success. New York: Routledge

Kimball, E. & Loya, K. (Eds.) (2017). Using Qualitative Research to Promote Organizational Intelligence. New Directions for Institutional Research: No. 174. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

To learn more about Ezekiel's work, visit his CV.

Visit Ezekiel on Twitter at @ezekielkimball