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Dr. Ty McNamee is currently an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at The University of Mississippi. He co-founded and ran the Rural Education and Healthcare Coalition, a Teachers College, Columbia University student, faculty, and staff network focused on rural education and healthcare programming and research.

Growing up as a working-class student on a farm/ranch in Wyoming greatly influenced Ty’s research interests.  He uses critical, sociological, and anthropological lenses to conduct qualitative research on higher education access and equity for rural students, particularly those from poor and working-class backgrounds, as well as college teaching and learning and faculty development at rural postsecondary institutions.  His research has been funded by national organizations, such as the ECMC Foundation, College Student Educators International (ACPA), the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education (NODA), and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students.

Outside of research, he co-founded and ran the Rural Education and Healthcare Coalition, a Teachers College, Columbia University student, faculty, and staff network focused on rural education and healthcare programming and research. He also actively serves in professional organizations, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Ty completed his doctorate in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut and Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wyoming.  He also completed a Graduate Teaching Certificate from Colorado State University.

Fun Facts About Ty:

  • Grew up on a farm/ranch in rural Wyoming
  • Has a twin brother
  • Raised and showed sheep, pigs, and cattle
  • Had never seen the ocean until college
  • Met the president of the United States once
  • His favorite movie is Titanic, and he watches it every year on his birthday
  • Eating – big foodie
  • Travel – someday I want to travel to all the continents
  • Movies and television – big rom com fan
  • Reading
  • Music and singing
  • Love heading to bodies of water – the lake or the ocean are my favs
  • Working out