A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Hughes has extensive oversight experience in externally-funded research and creative activities. She has served as principal (PI) and co-principal investigator of grants and fellowships ranging in funding from $15,000-650,000.
Hughes’ is co-editor and co-founder of the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education (JSSAE). Her scholarly publications, including articles, book chapters and books, focus on the development of student athletes participating in revenue generating sports, issues of race, and how those issues impact faculty and students of color in higher education.
Her graduate level teaching has included such courses as readings in critical race theory, diverse students on college campuses, sports and athletes in education, African Americans in higher education, and research throughout the p-20 educational continuum.
Hughes has earned numerous professional honors and awards for teaching and service, including, but not limited to, the IUPUI Chancellors Diversity Award, the Outstanding Alumni [Former Student] award from Texas A&M University, Minority Faculty Fellowship from IU Bloomington, and the Outstanding Woman Leader from IUPUI.
From 2015-2018, she served as executive associate dean of the IU School of Education, and faculty athletic representative for the IUPUI Horizon League. Participation in professional associations includes the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Critical Race Studies in Education Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association Conference, and the American Educational and Research Association.
Hughes achieved a doctorate and master’s in educational administration from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of North Texas.