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Erica R. Wiborg

Assistant Professor

Office: 3053
Phone: (757) 221-1893
Email: [[erwiborg]]
Twitter: {{, @erwiborg}}
Areas of Expertise: Leadership Education, Student Affairs Administration, Race and Racism in Higher Education, Whiteness, Critical Leadership Pedagogy, Critical Discourse Analysis


Dr. Wiborg is a critical, qualitative scholar passionate about deconstructing systemic racism, the sociohistorical influences of race and racism, and hegemonic whiteness in postsecondary leadership learning environments. Her research interests center on four main areas: 1) college access and inequity in leadership learning and teaching; 2) critical race theory and whiteness in leadership; 3) critical leadership pedagogy; 4) college student leadership development, including identity, capacity, efficacy, emotional intelligence, and spirituality. Dr. Wiborg's teaching interests draw from her years of experience as a student affairs administrator and include a range of higher education and qualitative methods courses; more specifically topics such as diversity and social justice, student affairs administration, college student development theory, leadership, assessment, qualitative data analysis, and critical discourse analysis.

Prior to her faculty appointment, she was a teaching assistant and research assistant in the Leadership Learning Research Center at Florida State University, where she taught a range of undergraduate and graduate leadership courses. Further, she led multiple, collaborative research projects consisting of faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students on a range of topics that included emotionally intelligent leadership, leadership learning and student success, culturally relevant leadership learning, and socially responsible leadership. Dr. Wiborg also worked in student affairs administration, where she has experience working with leadership development, social justice, community engagement, orientation, student activities, fraternity and sorority life, and campus recreation. She most recently published a book with Drs. Kathy Guthrie and Cameron Beatty called Engaging in the Leadership Process: Identity, Capacity, and Efficacy for College Students. The text introduces readers to process-based understandings of leadership, providing language and tools for engaging in the leadership process for all involved.


Ph.D. in Higher Education, Florida State University, 2020
M.S. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, 2012
B.S. in Business Marketing, Florida State University, 2010

Activities and Honors

ACPA Professional Preparation Commission, Nevitt Sanford Award (2020)

National Leadership Symposium Co-Chair, NACA & NCLP (2021 - 2023)

Selected Publications

Guthrie, K. L., Beatty, C. C., & Wiborg, E. R. (2021). Engaging in the leadership process: Identity, capacity, and efficacy for college students. Information Age Publishing.

Beatty C. C., Wiborg, E. R., & Brewster, B. (2021). Exploring the outcomes of an academic leadership program: Building a bridge between learning across difference. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 59(1), 121-135.

Beatty, C. C., Wiborg, E. R., Brewster, B., & LeBlanc, J. (2021). Alumni applied leadership learning: The influence of an undergraduate academic leadership program. Journal of Leadership Education, 20(1), 128-137.

Chandler, J. L. S., & Wiborg, E. (2020). Whiteness norms. In Z. Casey (Ed.), Critical understandings in education encyclopedia: Critical Whiteness Studies (pp. 714-721). Brill Publishers.

Wiborg, E. (2018). Coalescing communities: Critical leadership pedagogy in leadership education. In K. L. Guthrie & V. S. Chunoo (Eds.), Changing the narrative: Socially just leadership education (pp. 305-320). Information Age Publishing.

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