Dr. Sarah M. Ray

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Dr. Sarah M. Ray

Assistant Professor, Human and Organizational Learning


Dr. Sarah M. Ray earned her Ph.D. in Educational Human Resources Development from Texas A&M University. Her main areas of research are entrepreneurism, feminism, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in adult education and human resource development. Additionally, Dr. Ray studies diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in Higher Education institutions where she focuses on employees in higher education settings.

Dr. Ray's work employs both qualitative and quantitative methods and including projects that analyse self-employed and employee PIAAC data for various sociodemographic factors examining learning-skills of self-employed individuals in the U.S. She also conducts qualitative research with immigrant women entrepreneurs to understand how immigrant women learn to be entrepreneurs in the US.

Additionally, Dr. Ray partners with the Office of Climate and Diversity at the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University to examine diversity, equity and inclusion within higher education institutions. As an adult educator she focuses on employees and learners in higher education settings as well as social justice endeavors.

Before her transition into academia, Dr. Ray worked for a non-profit that served survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as a community educator, fundraiser and community service director. She also worked as an employee trainer/instructional designer at a community college where she gained training, consulting and instructional design experience. Her practical experience enhanced and influenced her academic pursuits and research agenda.

She received her undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and her Master of Public Administration from Sam Houston State University. She actively engages in professional communities including American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), Adult Education Research Association (AERA), Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) and participates in the annual Adult Education Research Conference (AERC). Participation and active engagement in these communities has instilled further comment to the human resource development and adult education field through practice and collaboration. Dr. Ray is committed to conducting, disseminating, and publishing scholarly research while also providing high quality teaching, mentorship, and partnership with her students.

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Educational Human Resources Development

M.P.A., Sam Houston State University, Public Administration

B.A., University of Mary Hardin - Baylor, Communications

Ray, S., & Zarestky, J. (Accepted with Major Revisions). Gender in vocational and workforce education: an integrative literature review.

Ray, S. (Accepted with Revisions). "Nuances of Safety: Women Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the United States" to Adult Learning.

Ray, S., Alfred, M., & McKyer, L. (2020). Living and learning about racism: A qualitative study of international students of African descents’ experiences in the United States. The International Journal of Diverse Identities, 27(1), 1-15. doi:10.18848/1447-9494/CGP/v27i01/1-15.

Alfred, M.V., Ray, S.M., & Zarestky, J. (In Press). HRD and social justice: Education in support of the un sustainable development goals. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development.

French, P., Wang, C., & Ray, S., (2020). "We don’t know where we will go, but we will go together: Experiences of three PhD. students at 2019 annual AERC". New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development.

Zarestky, J. & Ray, S. (2019). NGO educational programs in non-Western contexts. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 36(6). 657-672. doi:10.1080/02601370.2019.1693437

Alfred, M.V., Ray, S.M. and Johnson, M.A. (2019). Advancing women of color in stem: An imperative for us global competitiveness. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 21(1), 114-132. doi: 10.1177/1523422318814551

Ray, S. (2019). Teaching case—Applications of culturally relevant pedagogy in a community college classroom. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. 31(4), 65-69. doi: 10.1002/nha3.20267

Dirani, K. M., Bowman, E., Guyer, T., Kasper, R., Makarem, Y., Ray, S., Wang, C. & Xie, L. (2018). Talent management and development in the United Arab Emirates. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 20(4), 479 -497. doi: 10.1177/1523422319851936

Ray, S., Galvan, O., & Zarestky, J. (2018). Gender-inclusive educational programs for workforce development. Adult Learning, 29(3). doi: 10.1177/1045159518759733

Ray, S. (2017) Questioning privilege: Tools for advocacy and teaching. In A. Knox, A., S. Conceição, and L. Martin, (Eds.), ICACE Compendium. Stylus Publishing.