Tracy Ash, Ed.D.

Title: Pre-Health Professions Director
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 227E
Office Phone: 815-753-8081

Prior to joining CHHS at NIU, Tracy Ash, Ed.D., spent over 15 years at NIU working in the CHANCE Program where she was an associate director for academic programming. She was also a coordinator for a National Science Foundation Grant (PROMISE). During her time before NIU, Ash worked in public and private education focusing on students with disabilities.


  • Ed.D, Higher Education, Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Applied Family and Child Studies, Northern Illinois University
  • B.S., Family and Child Studies, Northern Illinois University

Publications and Presentations

  • Ash, T. (2023). Forest County’s Historically Underrepresented Rural Students and Barriers to College (Order No. 30314938). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global. (2828094530).
  • Ash, T. (2010 - 2023, August). CHANCE Transitions Conference: Building Leaders for the 21st Century, CHANCE Program: Educational Services, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
  • Ash, T.(2010, March). CHANCE Program. National Association of Student Personnel
  • Administrators, Chicago, IL.
  • Ash, T. (2006, April). Social Fathering, Illinois Council on Family Relations, Dekalb, IL.

Courses Taught

  • UNIV 101 - University Experience
  • HDFS 437 - Parent-Child Interaction from Birth to Eight Years
  • HDFS 445 - Management of Human and Family Resources

Professional Interests

  • Access and equity to higher education
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and mattering for underrepresented student populations
  • Rural education
  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for underrepresented student populations
  • Student development
  • Urban education

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools
  • National Association for the Education of Young
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Contact Us

College of Health and Human Sciences
Wirtz Hall 227

The Dean's Office is open for face-to-face meetings by appointment only.

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