Ethan Kolek

Clinical Associate Professor

Educational Policy Studies

Office: ZEB 322

Phone: 305-348-4034


Ethan A. Kolek is a Clinical Associate Professor of Higher Education and the Graduate Program Director for Educational Policy Studies. He also serves as a member of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board. He has worked extensively in applied higher education research serving as the Associate Director for Institutional Research (Amherst College), Director of Evaluation for the Center for Community Engagement (Amherst College), and as a Research Associate in the Student Assessment, Research and Evaluation Office (University of Massachusetts Amherst). Prior to joining FIU in 2019, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University.


  • Ed.D. Education Policy and Leadership, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M.Ed. Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • A.B. Political Science, Vassar College


  • Johnson, M. R., Ampaw, F., Benjamin, L., Cole, Q., Kolek, E. A., Hornak, A. M., & Wehrman, E. (In press). Measuring social perspective taking via two different pretest approaches: Does it matter? Journal of College and Character.
  • Williams, S., Johnson, M. D., Kolek, E.A., Hornak, A. M., & Ampaw, F. (2021). Using inclusion assistants within a residential curriculum to improve the experiences and success of students with underrepresented identities. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 47(2) 44-60.
  • Williams, E. A., Kolek, E. A., Saunders, D. B., Remaly, A. & Wells, R. W. (2018). Mirror on the field: Gender, authorship and research methods in higher education’s leading journals. Journal of Higher Education, 89(1), 28-53.
  • Kolek, E. A. (2016). Measurement matters: Estimating students’ community engagement participation. International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, 4(1) 29-37.
  • Wells, R. W., Kolek, E. A., Williams, E.A., & Saunders, D.B. (2015). “How we know what we know": A systematic comparison of research methods employed in higher education journals, 1996-2000 v. 2006-2010. The Journal of Higher Education, 86(2), 171-198.