Ezekiel Kimball

Ezekiel Kimball

Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Teacher Education

Bio: Ezekiel (Zeke) Kimball has been a Professor and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Teacher Education in the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development since July 2022. He previously served as a faculty member, the Associate Dean for Operations & Planning, the Interim Chair of the Department of Student Development, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Kimball is a two-time alum of the University of Maine System and previously worked in a variety of Maine-based roles related to community education and nonprofit management.

Dr. Kimball’s research focuses on how to create the conditions for student success in PK-20 education systems. He is a leading expert on disability identity development, postsecondary STEM learning environments, and how academia leverages scholarly knowledge for social impact. Dr. Kimball’s research has resulted in 1 book, 47 journal articles, and 24 book chapters and in extramural funding from organizations such as  the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Kimball is a past editor of the  Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability and a co-founder of the Center for Student Success Research.

Since starting at the University of Maine, Dr. Kimball has led major research-practice partnerships focused on broadening pathways to STEM teaching, improving early childhood education outcomes, and increasing rural educator resilience. He is deeply committed to the role that education and a focus on human development can play in strengthening Maine’s communities.


Ph.D., 2012, The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., 2008, University of Southern Maine
B.A., 2005, University of Southern Maine

Sample publications about disability identity development

Sample publications about postsecondary STEM learning environments

Sample publications about how academia leverages scholarly knowledge for social impact

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