Margaret Sallee

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo

Margaret Sallee earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education with a focus in Higher Education along with a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Southern California, her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and her B.A. in English and French from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the GSE faculty in August 2011, Dr. Sallee spent three years on the faculty at the University of Tennessee, where she received the Helen B. Watson Outstanding Research Award in 2011.

Dr. Sallee’s research focuses on two broad areas: faculty work and the graduate student experience. She uses a critical lens to examine the intersection of individual experiences and organizational culture to interrogate the ways in which gender and other social identities operate on college campuses. At the individual level, she considers how men and women have different experiences, both within the professoriate and in graduate school. At the organizational level, she considers how the practices of various departments and the university as a whole produce a culture that privileges one gender over others. Bringing these two lenses together, she frequently considers how individual experiences are shaped by the culture and practices of the university.

Dr. Sallee has spent much of the past decade focusing on work/life balance and the ways in which institutional norms and culture shape parents’ experiences on and off-campus. She also is deeply interested in how gender affects individuals’ experiences and is particularly interested in the role that gender and masculinities play in men’s lives. With her most recent project on faculty fathers, she combined her two interests to understand how institutional norms and culture shape faculty fathers’ experiences and their ability to be both productive academics and involved fathers. Her book Faculty Fathers: Toward A New Ideal in the Research University will be published by SUNY Press in Fall 2014.