Dr. Simone Gause currently serves as Research Associate Director and Faculty Fellow for the Center for Innovation in Higher Education at the University of South Carolina. Her administrative career spans 15 plus years and includes leadership roles in education administration, student services and academic affairs. Her expertise includes strategic planning, human resource administration, program administration, project management, marketing, community relations and student personnel. Dr.
Gause has been revered as a strategic and results‐oriented leader with an aptitude for and an interest in organizational effectiveness. As an advocate for access, diversity, equity and inclusion, Dr. Gause has held memberships in numerous national, state and local organizations dedicated to the advancement of educational opportunities for marginalized communities. Her research interest examines the intersection of race and gender within educational leadership and how this may impact organizational effectiveness over time. Specifically, Dr.
Gause studies the history of women in education, gendered leadership, organizational behavior and organizational change within higher education institutions and intercollegiate athletic administration. Dr.
Gause received her Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida, double majoring in Business Management and Recreation, Parks and Tourism; her Master’s also from the University of Florida in Sport Management; and her Doctorate from the University of South Carolina in Educational Administration with a special concentration in higher education administration.