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  • August 2017

    August 2017

    Alyssa N. Rockenbach ([email protected])

    Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development,  North Carolina State University

    Current article in Journal of College and Character: "Building Inclusive Community by Bridging Worldview Differences: A Call to Action From the Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS)"

    Volume 18, Issue No. 3,  August 2017; published online (free access). 

    JCC Blog Post:  "Building Inclusive Campus Community By Bridging Worldview Differences: Critical Conversation #9

    Mayhew, M. J., Rockenbach, A. N., Bowman, N. A., Seifert, T. A., & Wolniak, G. C. with E. T. Pascarella and P. T. Terenzini (2016). How college affects students (volume 3): 21st century evidence that higher education works. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

    Correia-Harker, B. P., Snipes, J. T., Rockenbach, A. N., & Mayhew, M. J. (in press). Perceptions of and engagement with worldview diversity: An overview of CRSCS and IDEALS findings. In K. Goodman, M. E. Giess, & E. Patel (Eds.), A handbook for education about religious diversity and interfaith engagement in student affairs.

    Rockenbach, A. N., & Park, J. J. (in press). Religion, spirituality, and U.S. college students. In M. D. Waggoner & N. C. Walker (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of religion and American education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

  • May 2017

    May 2017

    Gregory Eells ([email protected])
    Assistant Professor of Psychological and Counseling Services in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems
    Florida State University

    Current article in Journal of College and Character: "Hyper-Achievement, Perfection, and College Student Resilience"

    Volume 18, Issue No. 2,  May 2017  

    JCC Blog Post: "College Students’ Pursuit of Perfection Through Hyper-Achievement," Critical Conversation #8

    Recent Articles: Eells, G.T. (2016). Using an existential psychotherapy framework to assist students in mindful internet use. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 30(1):42-53.

    Abelson, S., & Eells, G.T. (2016). Promoting and protecting student health. Leadership Exchange,14-20.

    Meilman, P. W., Eells, G.T., Mendola, R., & Lillrank, S. M. (2015). Working within a campus health service: A challenge with many rewards. Psychiatric Times.

    Resources: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Cornell Health, Cornell University provides mental health services to roughly 20% of the student body at Cornell. 

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  • February 2017

    Darris Means ([email protected])
    Assistant Professor
    University of Georgia

    Current article in Journal of College and Character: "“Keep Pressing On”: Spiritual Epistemology and Its Role in the Collegiate Lives of Black Gay and Bisexual Men"
    Volume 17, Issue No. 1, February 2016  (With Audrey J. Jaeger)

    JCC Blog Post: "Preview of Upcoming NASPA Session on Student Spirtuality  With JCC "Authors

    Recent Articles: Means, D. R., Clayton, A., Conzelmann, J., Baynes, P., & Umbach, P. D. (2016). Bounded aspirations: Rural, African American high school students and college access. The Review of Higher Education, 39(4), 543-569.

    Means, D. R., & Pyne, K. (2016). After access: Underrepresented students’ post-matriculation perceptions of college access capital. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice, 17(4), 390-412.

    Means, D. R., & Jaeger, A. J. (2015). Spiritual borderlands: A Black gay male college student’s spiritual journey. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice52(1), 11-23.

    Website: https://works.bepress.com/darrismeans/



    February 2017

    Janina Montero ([email protected])
    Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs, Emerita
    UCLA 

    Current article in Journal of College and Character: " Navigating Conflicts Related to Religious and Non-Religious Identity on Campus"
    Volume 17, Issue No. 3, August 2016 

    JCC Blog Post: "Preview of Upcoming NASPA Session on Student Spirtuality With JCC "Authors

  • November 2016


    November 2016

    Scott Seider ([email protected])

    Associate Professor of Education
    Boston University

    Current article in Journal of College and Character: "For Youth, By Youth: A Third Student-Run Homeless Shelter"
    Volume 17, Issue No. 4, November 2016 


    Also See: “A Critically Conscious Approach to Fostering the Success of College Students from Underrepresented Groups” with Shelby Clark, & Madora Soutter
    ​Volume 17, Issue 4, November 201
    JCC Blog Post: "Trigger Warnings, Broader Social Issues, or Just Good Teaching? Critical Conversation #7"
    Faculty Interview
    Blog Post
    Website

  • August 2016


    August 2016

    Michael D. Waggoner  (
    [email protected])

    Professor of Education
    University of Northern Iowa
    Editor
    Religion & Education

    Article in Journal of College and Character: "Spirituality and Contemporary Higher Education"
    Volume 17, Issue No. 3, August 2016 
    JCC Blog Post: "Should Colleges & Universities Care About Spiritual Beliefs of Students? Critical Conversation #6"

    Resources: Institute for Religion and Education  promotes the study and education about Constitutionally appropriate treatment of religion in public schools and higher education in the areas of teaching, research, curriculum, and policy.

    The Routledge Research in Religion and Education series aims at advancing public understanding and dialogue on issues at the intersections of religion and education.

    PublicationsSacred and Secular Tensions in Higher Education: Connecting Parallel Universities 

    Religion in the Public Schools: Negotiating the New Commons

  • May 2016


    May 2016

    Michael L. Jackson  ([email protected])
    Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs
    Executive Director, International Advancement
    Professor of Higher Education
    University of Southern California
    Article in Journal of College and Character: "Reflections on a Life and Career in Student Affairs: Guideposts and Structure"
    Volume 17, Issue No. 2, May 2016 
    JCC Blog Post: As student affairs professionals, what are the reasons for choosing your career? What have been the greatest challenges and the greatest rewards?

    Resources: The Campaign for the University of Southern California is a multi-year effort to secure $6 billion or more in private support from individual donors, foundations, and corporations. Reaching this lofty goal will require the most ambitious fundraising effort in our history—one that will touch and transform every aspect of the university.

    Recent Links: University Advancement, USC; Division of Student Affairs, USC; Pullias Center for Higher Education, USC



    May 2016

    Hsin-Yu Chen ([email protected])
    Doctoral Student 
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Article in Journal of College and Character: "Take a Selfie of Life: A Qualitative Exploration of College Students’ Self-Reflections on Free Time Use and Personal Values"
    Volume 17, Issue No. 2, May 2016 
    JCC Blog Post: Should students' use of leisure time matter to college educators? Why or why not?

    Resources:  The Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at The Pennsylvania State University helps develop an understanding of the social, cultural, environmental, physiological, and psychological aspects of human behavior and leisure experiences. 

    Recent Links:  Integrating high-impact practice (HIP) into a largeral education class gene (15th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference: The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship); Engagement Scholarship Consortium Poster



    May 2016

    Careen Yarnal ([email protected])
    Associate Professor
    Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Article in Journal of College and Character: "Take a Selfie of Life: A Qualitative Exploration of College Students’ Self-Reflections on Free Time Use and Personal Values"
    Volume 17, Issue No. 2, May 2016 
    JCC Blog Post: Should students' use of leisure time matter to college educators? Why or why not?

    Resources:  The Engaged Scholarship Initiative at Penn State University aims to provide students with out-of-classroom academic experiences that complement in-classroom learning, which foster student integration and engagement and contribute to their overall growth and development.

    Recent Links:  Engaged Scholarship; Integrating high-impact practice (HIP) into a large general education class (15th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference: The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship); Engagement Scholarship Consortium Poster

  • February 2015


    February 2016

    Christopher Bridges ([email protected])
    Dean of Students 
    Yale-NUS College
    Article in Journal of College and Character: "Joining the Struggle: White Men as Social Justice Allies" 
    Volume 16, Issue No. 3, August 2015 
    JCC Blog Post

    Resources:  Yale-NUS College is a liberal arts college in Singapore. Yale-NUS was established in 2011 as a collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore. 

    Recent Links:  Yale-NUS New Dean; Leadership Profile



    February 2016

    Matthew R. Johnson ([email protected])
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Educational Leadership
    Central Michigan University

    Article in Journal of College and Character: "Predictors of College Students Engaging in Social Change Behaviors" 
    Volume 15, Issue 3, August 2014
    JCC Blog Post

    Resources:  Central Michigan University Department of Educational Leadership offers higher education and K-12 master's and doctoral degrees. Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership is one of the largest national studies of college student leadership development.  

    Most Recent Publications: 

    Johnson, M. R. (2015). Building college students’ civic identity: The role of socio-cultural issues discussions and social perspective taking. Journal of College Student Development, 56, 687-704.

    Johnson, M. R., Johnson, E. L., & Dugan, J. P. (2015). Developing socially responsible leadership and social perspective-taking in fraternities and sororities: Findings from a national study. Oracle, 10(1), 1-18.

    Soria, K. M., & Johnson, M. R., Mitchell, T. D. (In Press). Pluralistic outcomes associated with college students’ citizenship development. In K. M. Soria (Ed.), Revisiting the civic mission of the American public research university: Preparing college students for responsible citizenship in a pluralistic democracy.

  • November 2015


    November 2015

    Marty Swanbrow Becker ([email protected])
    Assistant Professor of Psychological and Counseling Services in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems
    Florida State University
    Article in Journal of College and Character: "Essential Counseling Knowledge and Skills to Prepare Student Affairs Staff to Promote Emotional Wellbeing and to Intervene With Students in Distress"
    Issue No. 4, November 2015 
    JCC Blog Post:  "When and How Should We Intervene in Students’ Lives?" Critical Conversation #3

    Resources:  The  Healthy Campus 2020 Team at Florida State University is a collaboration of students, staff and faculty with the mission of maximizing campus wellness and supporting academic and personal success. For more information

    Most Recent Publications:

    Brownson, C., Drum, D., Swanbrow Becker, M.A., Hentschel, E., & Saathoff, A. (in press). Distress and suicidality in higher education: Implications for population-oriented prevention paradigms. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

    Swanbrow Becker, M. A., & Drum, D. J. (2015). The influence of suicide prevention gatekeeper training on Resident Assistants' Mental Health. Journal of Student Affairs, Research and Practice, 52 (1), 76-88. doi:10.1080/19496591.2015.996055

    Lamis, D., Drum, D., & Swanbrow Becker, M. A. (2015). College student distress and suicidality: A spectrum of prevention and intervention approaches. In Dorian Lamis, & Nadine Kaslow (Eds.), Advancing the Science of Suicidal Behavior: Understanding and Intervention (pp. 171-196). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.



    November 2015

    David Drum  ([email protected])
    Professor, Counseling Psychology Program
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Article in Journal of College and Character: "Essential Counseling Knowledge and Skills to Prepare Student Affairs Staff to Promote Emotional Wellbeing and to Intervene With Students in Distress"
    Issue No. 4, November 2015 
    JCC Blog Post:  “When and How Should We Intervene in Students’ Lives?" Critical Conversation #3

    Resources:  The National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education, housed at the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center, conducts large scale, national research studies on the mental health issues of college students

    Most Recent Publications:
    Brownson, C., Drum, D., Swanbrow Becker, M.A., Hentschel, E., & Saathoff, A. (in press). Distress and suicidality in higher education: Implications for population-oriented prevention paradigms. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

    Swanbrow Becker, M. A., & Drum, D. J. (2015). The influence of suicide prevention gatekeeper training on Resident Assistants' Mental Health. Journal of Student Affairs, Research and Practice, 52 (1), 76-88. doi:10.1080/19496591.2015.996055

    Lamis, D., Drum, D., & Swanbrow Becker, M. A. (2015). College student distress and suicidality: A spectrum of prevention and intervention approaches. In Dorian Lamis, & Nadine Kaslow (Eds.), Advancing the Science of Suicidal Behavior: Understanding and Intervention (pp. 171-196). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

  • August 2015


    August 2015

    Sherry K. Watt  ([email protected])
    Associate Professor, Higher Education & Student Affairs Program, The University of Iowa
    Article in Journal of College and Character: "Situating Race in College Students’ Search for Purpose and Meaning: Who am I?"
    Issue No. 3, August 2015 
    JCC Blog Post:  “Racial Conflicts As Learning Opportunities” Critical Conversation #2

    Resources:  The mission of the Center for Courage and Renewal is to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.

    The University of Iowa Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Program 

    Most Recent Publications: Designing Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications and Facilitator Considerations

    Intersections of Religious Privilege: Difficult Dialogues and Student Affairs Practice

    Creating Successful Multicultural Initiatives in Higher Education and Student Affairs

  • May 2015


    May 2015

    Demetri L. Morgan  ([email protected])
    Doctoral Candidate, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
    Research Associate, Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education
    Pre-doctoral Fellow, Penn Alliance for Higher Education & Democracy
    Article in Journal of College and Character: "Stick With Yourselves; It’s What’s Normal': The Intergroup Racial Attitudes of Senior, White, Fraternity Menl'" with Hilary B. Zimmerman, Tanner N. Terrell, and Beth A. Marcotte
    JCC Connexions Blog Post

    Resources: Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education  is concerned with producing scholarship the informs policy and practice that pushes decision makers and practices to consider ways to make educational spaces more inclusive and to realize the educational benefits of diverse institutions.

    Penn Alliance for Higher Education & Democracy works to strengthen the role of higher education in democracies, towards open and equitable societies.

    Most Recent Publication: Shaun R. Harper, Colin D. Williams Jr., David L. Perez II, and Demetri L. Morgan. (2012). "His Experience”: Toward a Phenomenological Understanding of Academic Capital Formation among Black and Latino Male Students. Expanding postsecondary opportunity for underrepresented students: Theory and practice of academic capital formation. Eds. R. Winkle-Wagner, P. J. Bowman, & E. P. St. John. Brooklyn, NY: AMS Press. 65-87.

  • February 2015


    February 2015

    Laura M. Harrison, Ph.D ([email protected])
    Assistant Professor, Ohio University
    Article in Journal of College and Character:  "How Student Affairs Professionals Learn to Advocate: A Phenomenological Study" 15(3), August 2014 

    JCC Connexions Blog Post

    Resources: The area of higher education and student affairs consists of graduate programs in college student personnel and higher education administration. The primary mission of this area is to prepare people for leadership roles in colleges, universities and other agencies devoted to adult learning. Adult learning occurs not only in traditional institutions of higher education, but also in business and industry, social and government agencies, the military and health care organizations.

    Ohio University Department of Counseling and HIgher Education:  http://www.ohio.edu/education/academic-programs/counseling-and-higher-education/

    Linkedin page: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=13626850&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

    Most Recent Publication: Harrison, L.M. & Mather, P.  (In Press).  Alternative solutions to higher education’s problems: An appreciative approach to reform.  New York City, NY: Routledge.



    February 2015

    Georgiana L. Martin, Ph.D ([email protected])
    Assistant Professor, The University of Southern Mississippi
    Article in Journal of College and Character:  "Part of the 'Establishment'? Fostering Positive Campus Climates for Student Activists" 15(2), May2014

    JCC Connexions Blog Post

    Resources: The Higher Education/Student Affairs programs at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) prepare graduate students for professional careers in higher education and student affairs. The Research Initiative on Social Justice & Equity (RISE), housed at USM, is an interdisciplinary research team and community of faculty, staff, and students committed to critical inquiry on systemic inequalities and to making real efforts toward equity in Mississippi and beyond.

    University of Southern Mississippi-Department of Educational Studies & Research:  http://www.usm.edu/higher-education-research-statistics
    Research Initiative on Social Justice in Education (RISE): http://usm-rise.weebly.com

    Most Recent Publications: Martin, G. L. (in press). “Always in My Face”: An exploration of social class consciousness, salience, and values. Journal of College Student Development. [Expected Middle 2015]

    Lane, F., Martin, G. L., & Henson, R. (in press). Examining differences in traditional, transfer, and online college student attachment to their university. Journal of College Student Development. [Expected Late 2015]



    February 2015

    Christopher Broadhurst, Ph.D ([email protected])
    Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans
    Article in Journal of College and Character:  "'Part of the 'Establishment'? Fostering Positive Campus Climates for Student Activists" 15(2), May2014

    JCC Connexions Blog Post

    Resources: The Education Administration program at University of New Orleans emphasizes urban education and, consistent with emerging paradigms for effective practice, the program curriculum focuses on understanding and leading education as a PK-16+ integrated system.

    Most Recent Publication:  Broadhurst, C. (In press-2015). “There can be no business as usual”: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the student strike of May 1970. Southern Cultures 21 (2).

  • November 2014


    November 2014

    Gage Paine, PhD ([email protected])
    Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
    Article in Journal of College and Character:  “Caring About Students – The Work of Student Affairs,” 14(3), August 2014

    JCC Connexions Blog Post

    Resources: Staff Newsletters for the Division of Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Ausin
    TEDx San Antonio, “The Sound of Silence"
    Dalton Google Hangout

    Most Recent Publication:  Paine, G. E. (2014). Communication: The most overlooked skill. In A. Carry (Ed.), Executive transitions in student affairs:  A Guide to getting started as the vice president, Washington, DC: NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.



    November 2014

    Kathy L. Guthrie, PhD ([email protected])
    Associate Professor, Florida State University
    Article in Journal of College and CharacterUndergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies: An Opportunity for Seamless Learning” 15(1), February 2014 (With Becka Bovio, Trinity University)

    JCC Connexions Blog Post

    Resources: Faculty Bio
    SA Speaks: Connecting With Faculty Colleagues: Moving Towards Seamless Learning

    Most Recent Publications: Cultivating Leader Identity and Capacity in Students from Diverse Backgrounds
    Developing Students' Leadership Capacity

    Featured Program: The Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies at Florida State University is an 18 credit, interdisciplinary, multidimensional, and experiential program. It uses practical experience and service-learning to frame leadership learning within the context of social change.



    November 2014

    Forrest Lane, PhD ([email protected]
    Former Assistant Professor, The University of Southern Mississippi
    Article in the Journal of College and Character: Predicting the Presence of Purpose Through the Self-Efficacy Beliefs of One’s Talents, 15(1), February, 2014

    JCC Connexions Blog Post

    Most Recent Publication: Lane, F. C., & Gibbs, S. R. (In Press). Propensity Score Analysis: A secondary data analysis of work life policy and performance outcomes. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 17(1), XXX-XXX.

    Featured Program: The Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment program at  the University of Southern Mississippi prepares students for institutional research in college, private or public agencies, and school systems.



    November 2014

    Joshua Schutts ( [email protected] )
    Assistant Director of Institutional Effectiveness, University of West Florida
    Article in the Journal of College and Character: Predicting the Presence of Purpose Through the Self-Efficacy Beliefs of One’s Talents, 15(1), February, 2014

    JCC Connexions Blog Post

    Most Recent Publication: McCreary, G. R. & Schutts, J. W.  (in press). Toward a broader understanding of fraternity: Developing and validating a measure of fraternal brotherhood. Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, 9(2), XX-XX.

    Featured Program: ASPIRE's role at the University of West Florida is to advance UWF's mission, vision, and effectiveness.