Venice Thandi Sule Head ShotThandi Sulé, Ph.D.

Thandi Sulé is an Assistant Professor of higher education and the Coordinator of the Masters in Higher Education Leadership program. She is interested in educational equity issues, including access, retention, sense of belonging and intercultural competencies. As a qualitative researcher, she primarily employs narrative inquiry using interviews and focus groups. Her current research focuses on co-curricular service-learning programs, Hip Hop culture in higher education, affirmative action public discourse and community-based college transition programs. 

Courses Taught

  • Higher Education and Educational Equity
  • Administering the College
  • Introduction to Higher Education
  • Student Services Administration
  • Qualitative Data Analysis

Professional Interests

  • Social equity
  • Popular culture
  • Critical theory and pedagogy
  • Qualitative methods
  • International higher education

Selected Publications

Sule, V. T. (2014). Enact, discard and transform: A critical race feminist perspective on professional socialization among tenured Black female faculty. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27(4), 432-453. doi: 10.1080/09518398.2013.780315

Winkle-Wagner, R., Sulé, V. T., & Maramba, D. C. (2012). When race disappears: College admissions policy discourse in the state of Texas. Educational Policy. doi: 10.1177/0895904812465114

Sule, V. T. (2011). Their rightful place: Diversity narratives, women of color agency and transformation of the academy. In G. Jean-Marie & B. Lloyd-Jones (Eds.), Women of color in higher education: Turbulent past, promising future, (pp. 135-162). United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.

Sule, V. T. (2011). Restructuring the master’s tools: Black Female and Latina Faculty navigating and contributing in classrooms through oppositional positions. Equity & Excellence in Education, 44(2), 169-187.

Sule, V. T. (2011). How race matters: Race as an instrument for institutional transformation, a study of tenured Black female faculty. In P. Pasque & S. E. Nicholson (Eds.), Women in higher education and student affairs: Research and practice from feminist perspectives, (pp. 147-162). Washington, DC: ACPA.


  • ACPA Foundation Grant ($2,000)
  • AERA Education Research Service Project Grant ($4,400)