Dr. Brandon L. Wolfe is an innovative scholar practitioner with several years of professional training and development that began during his undergraduate years at Auburn University as an engaged student leader in the Office of Diversity (now Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs). Since then, Brandon has used his knowledge of higher education best practices coupled with his passion and inspired creativity to develop, facilitate, and assess programs and campus-community wide initiatives with an emphasis on interculturalism, student and leadership development, civic engagement, and genuine problem solving. Through increased responsibilities, he has demonstrated effectiveness in policy development and analysis, institutional assessments, forecasting higher education trends, change management, strategic planning, marketing, branding, recruitment, retention, constituency building, and grant writing.
As a scholar, Brandon advocates for increased institutional inclusiveness,
social justice accountability, and diversity leadership through his research agenda--which explores the various relationships between organizational culture, leadership, institutional policy, and educational socialization in higher education. Specifically, he analyzes how these variables intersect to influence access, equity, and persistence of minorities across university and college campuses. Brandon's scholarship is evidenced by his most recent publication (co-authored alongside Dr. Paulette Dilworth) in the Review of Educational Research entitled, Transitioning Normalcy: Organizational Culture, African American Administrators, and Diversity Leadership in Higher Education. In addition, Brandon serves as a reviewer for the Review of Educational Research, an editorial review board member for The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture, and board member/editor for the Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education (JSPTE).
Currently, he serves as the Assistant Vice President of Campus and Community Engagement in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Brandon assists the Vice President of ODEI engage all of the UAB systems in the work of developing and implementing the University's equity and diversity vision framework; and participate in long-term planning, policy and strategy development to move forward the ODEI agenda. Additionally, he provides leadership and oversight for the planning and designing of programs, services and initiatives that support student access and success and work to meet the needs of various communities, internally and externally while acting on behalf of the Vice President as needed. Some of these initiatives involve the development, growth, and oversight of the community engagement and outreach, LGBTQIA, Talent Identification, Education, and Retention, and Women’s Resource Center. Brandon also provides supervision for a number of ODEI scholarship programs; serve as initial point of contact for student issues that come to ODEI; works with partners in developing or enhancing policies and programming that meet the needs of a diverse student body; and serves at the pleasure of the Vice President to establish and nurture relationships across the state of Alabama with a special emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for the UAB campus and its surrounding communities.
Brandon earned his PhD in Administration of Higher Education, a master's degree in adult education, and bachelor's degree in psychology at Auburn University. He has also completed additional post-graduate training at Vanderbilt University as a 2014 summer Peabody Fellow. Guided by the professional belief of engaged scholarship, Brandon continues to commit himself through community involvement efforts and by presenting at local, state, regional, and national conferences while publishing research and using his expertise to provide service on a consultant basis.