NADOHE Announces New Editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education is pleased to announce Dr. Chris Linder as incoming editor-in-chief of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, published quarterly in collaboration with the American Psychological Association. 

Linder, associate professor of higher education at the University of Utah, founded and directs the university’s McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention. Her research focuses on sexual violence among college students and student activism. Linder teaches courses on diversity, equity, and inclusion; student development theory; foundations of higher education and student affairs; and qualitative research. Linder begins her editorship in January 2023.

As editor, Linder will continue the Journal’s work to elevate empirical research on diversity, equity, and inclusion in post-secondary environments. The Journal also publishes work that explores issues related to teaching and learning, policy development and implementation, leadership and organizational change in diverse learning environments, and practice briefs that reflect the application of research to institutional practices intended to advance DEI.

“Dr. Linder is an outstanding choice to lead the Journal. She is a valued member of the NADOHE community and will continue to uphold the reputation of the Journal as the scholarly home for empirical research investigating, influencing, and innovating DEI work in higher education institutions,” NADOHE President Paulette Granberry Russell, J.D., said. “I am grateful to Dr. Kimberly Griffin, our current editor, and the search committee, led by Dr. Roger L. Worthington, for their hard work throughout the search process.”

“I am excited to build on the incredibly strong foundation built by previous editors,” Linder said. “JDHE has a strong reputation among higher education scholars as a home for critical research advancing equity in higher education. It is also known for thoughtful, compassionate reviews for authors, and I will work with the editorial team and reviewers to continue that practice. Strong reviewing is essential for generating scholarship to advance our field, and under Dr. Griffin's leadership, JDHE has become an exemplar for other journals in higher education.”

Search chair and past editor Dr. Roger L. Worthington, professor and executive director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education at the University of Maryland, praised Linder’s experience and thoughtful approach to her work. “The search committee conducted a national search for the next editor-in-chief with an investment in identifying someone with the vision and capacity to maintain the upward trajectory of JDHE, and take it to the next level. Dr. Linder’s scholarly standing and past editorial experiences fit that profile exceptionally well,” Worthington said.

Current Journal editor Dr. Kimberly A. Griffin, professor and dean of the College of Education at the University of Maryland College Park, echoed those sentiments. “​​I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with and learn from Dr. Linder as a reviewer, Editorial Board member, and associate editor. Her commitments to critical rigorous research, equity and justice, and a developmental author-friendly review process are all so clear in how she engages her work. She is an outstanding scholar and thought leader, and I am sure JDHE will thrive under her leadership,” Griffin said.

Dr. Linder has extensive writing and editing experience, including the publication of Sexual Violence on Campus: Power-Conscious Approaches to Awareness, Prevention, and Response (Emerald Press, 2018); a co-edited volume, Intersections of Identity and Sexual Violence on Campus (Stylus, 2017) with Dr. Jessica C. Harris (UCLA); the co-edited 2nd edition of Multiculturalism on Campus (Stylus, 2017); and editorial board membership for the Review of Higher Education, the Journal of College Student Development, the NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education, and the Journal for Diversity in Higher Education.


The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) is the preeminent voice for chief diversity officers. As the leader of the national conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion, it investigates, influences, and innovates to transform higher education so that inclusive excellence lives at its core.