Erich N.Pitcher, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Research and Communication with Diversity & Cultural Engagement
Oregon State University

Erich N.Pitcher, Ph.D. serves as the Associate Director of Research and Communication with Diversity & Cultural Engagement at Oregon State University. In this Erich leads various research, assessment, and communication efforts to support the unit’s mission. Erich’s scholarship uses critical organizational perspectives to understand equity, diversity, and inclusion within higher education. Well-versed in LGBTQ+ issues and processes of racialization, they use critical perspectives to engage in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods inquiries to advance social justice. He serves on the Editorial Board of the American Education Research Journal, NASPA Journal of Women in Higher Education and the Journal of Critical Studies in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Dr. Pitcher’s work can be found in Qualitative Studies in Education, Educational Studies and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Erich’s forthcoming book with Peter Lang, focuses on the lived experiences 39 trans* academics. Having worked at three different institutions in areas such as service learning, student success, LGBTQ+ student services, and diversity and inclusion, Erich brings a wealth of experience to this current role. Erich has a passion for working with students and theorizing everything, perhaps to a fault. On a more personal note, they are a devout foodie, novice gardener, home improvement specialist, and partner and pet-parent. Education: Ph.D. Michigan State University, East Lansing (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education), M.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis), B.A. Antioch College (Social Sciences, Gender and Sexuality Studies)