Erich N. Pitcher, PhD is the Program Lead/Instructor for Adult & Higher Education at Oregon State University. Erich’s research uplifts the voices of racially, sexually, and gender minoritized populations and imagines more just futures for marginalized groups in higher education. Grounded in organizational and critical perspectives, Erich has examined how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and asexual (LGBTQQA) students successfully navigate higher education environments, as well as how trans academics’ experiences are shaped by organizations. Their next research project will focus on the ways that diversity and cultural workers across varied institutional contexts experience and resist fatigue.
Prior to Oregon State, Erich worked in student success, service learning, and LGBTQ+ support services. While at Oregon State, Erich also served as the Associate Director for Research and Assessment at Diversity & Cultural Engagement and taught in the College Student Services Administration program.
PhD, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University
MS, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, Social Sciences, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Antioch College