2022 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs
Now in its 9th year, Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs (PPWSA) is a national recognition that celebrates student affairs workplaces that are vibrant, diverse, supportive and commited to staff work-life balance, professional development and inclusive excellence. PPWSA offers intitutional leaders information that can be used to improve practices across their student affairs community, while also serving as a useful tool for employers, career services staff and job-seekers across the country!
|Institution||Senior Student Affairs Officer||Location||Level||Control|
|California Poly State U||Keith Humphrey, Ph.D.||San Luis Obispo, CA||4-year||public|
|Case Western Reserve University||Lou W. Stark||Cleveland, OH||4-year||private|
|Colgate University||Paul J. McLoughlin II, Ph.D.||Hamilton, NY||4-year||private|
|Elon University||Jon Dooley, Ph.D.||Elon, NC||4-year||private|
|Fontbonne University||Heather French, Ed.D.||St. Louis, MO||4-year||private|
|Holy Names University||Laura Lyndon, Ed.D.||Oakland, CA||4-year||private|
|Kent State University||Lamar Hylton, Ph.D.||Kent, OH||4-year||public|
|Rider University||Leanna Fenneberg, Ph.D.||Lawrenceville, NJ||4-year||private|
|Stockton University||Christopher Catching, Ed.D.||Galloway, NJ||4-year||public|
|The U of North Carolina at Greensboro||Cathy Akens, Ed.D.||Greensboro, NC||4-year||public|
|The University of Delaware||Jose-Luis Riera, Ph.D.||Newark, DE||4-year||public|
|The University of Maryland, College Park||Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D.||College Park, MD||4-year||public|
|University of California, Riverside||Brian L. Haynes, Ph.D.||Riverside, CA||4-year||public|
|University of Maryland-Baltimore||Patty Alvarez, Ph.D.||Baltimore, MD||4-year||public|
|West Chester University of Pennsylvania||Zebulun Davenport, Ed.D.||Westchester, PA||4-year||public|
|William & Mary||Virginia M. Ambler, Ph.D.||Williamsburg, VA||4-year||public|
ABOUT THE STUDY
This study was first proposed by Ralph Newell at Diverse: Issues In Higher Education as a possible partnership with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in 2011. The ACPA Governing Board motioned for the then-director of research and scholarship, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, to explore the merit and extent of this project. With input from a volunteer advisory board, the project was recommended to the Governing Board and approved.
Dr. Strayhorn was commissioned by ACPA and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education to serve as the project’s principal investigator. In this role, Strayhorn developed the Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs (PPWSA) Survey in consultation with experts on the project’s advisory board. The original survey was pilot-tested with a small sample of non-ACPA member institutions; feedback from the pilot-test helped to clarify survey items, correct logic sequencing, and determine the utility of our scoring algorithm.
The purpose of this commissioned study was to examine the extent to which diversity and inclusion permeates aspects of various divisions of student affairs (or equivalent) at participating ACPA-member institutions across the globe including administrative structures, commitments, work environments, and staffng practices.
ABOUT THE SURVEY
The PPWSA survey consists of approximately 60 items, organized into 10 major sections. For example, one section elicits contact information for the survey respondent and identifying information about their respective institution (e.g., control, minority-serving institution [MSI] status). Another section includes several items to assess the structural diversity of the institution and student affairs department in terms of gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability status. There are several sections that measure the availability and extent of support services provided to student affairs staff on campus, such as professional development.
The survey was authored by Terrell Strayhorn, with input from experts on the project advisory board, and is not available in the public domain. Now part of the larger ‘Promising Places to Work’ project, the survey has been administered by Strayhorn and his teams at various centers and Do Good Work Educational Consulting LLC. All survey rights belong to the author. All analyses presented in this edition were conducted by Terrell Strayhorn and Royel Johnson.
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PROJECT TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn is provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Virginia Union University, where he also serves as professor of urban education and director of the Center for the Study of HBCUs. Additionally, he is president and CEO of Do Good Work Educational Consulting LLC, a research firm that partners with leading colleges and schools to improve policy and practice, as a way of ensuring all students’ success. Author of 11 books, more than 200 journal articles, chapters, and reports, Strayhorn is an internationally known student success expert, equity researcher, and public speaker. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education named him an Emerging Scholar and he has received ACPA’s Emerging Scholar, Annuit Coeptis, and Diamond Honoree Awards. Follow him on Twitter @tlstrayhorn.
Dr. Royel Johnson is an associate professor of higher education at the University of Southern California(USC). As a scholar, Johnson engages in interdisciplinary research on issues related to educational access, equity, and student success. He is lead editor of Racial Equity on College Campuses: Connecting Research and Practice (SUNY Press) and has over 40 academic publications. For his early career contributions to higher education and student affairs research, ACPA-College Student Educators International named him an Emerging Scholar in 2020. Follow him on Twitter @royeljohnson.
This project also benefitted from the contributions of many others over the course of time who have helped contact administrators, write institutional profiles, and elicit quotations from personnel at featured institutions. These include (in alphabetical order): Stanley Gates, Shay Merritte, Danny Ndungu, Tiffany Steele, Catherine Wang, Anton Smith, Gabriel Kim, and Daniel Thomas. The original advisory board for this project included Drs. Tracey Cameron, Stan Carpenter, Kristen Renn, Joan Hirt and Sue Saunders.
|Institution||# Full Time Staff||# Part Time Staff||50% Female||30% Ethnic Minority||5% LGBT Staff||5% Staff with Disabilities||Average Salary Senior||Average Salary Mid-Level||Average Salary Entry-Level|
|California Poly State U||359||67||YES||YES||N/R||N/R||$177,084||$79,262||$56,159|
|Case Western Reserve University||141||31||YES||NO||N/R||N/R||N/R||N/R||N/R|
|Holy Names University||20||14||NO||NO||YES||NO||$98,000||$70,000||$58,000|
|Kent State University||265||52||YES||NO||N/R||N/R||$100,846||$63,520||$42,427|
|The U of North Carolina at Greensboro||229||38||YES||YES||YES||YES||$80,000||$60,000||$45,000|
|The University of Delaware||170||3||YES||NO||N/R||NO||$119,000||$70,700||$58,200|
|The University of Maryland, College Park||994||1210||YES||YES||N/R||NO||$173,979||$95,991||$49,943|
|University of California, Riverside||250||40||YES||YES||N/R||N/R||$120,202||$76,496||$46,296|
|University of Maryland-Baltimore||58||133||YES||YES||YES||YES||$100,363||$75,452||$61,090|
|West Chester University of Pennsylvania||142||35||YES||NO||YES||NO||$112,523||$71,051||$50,002|
|William & Mary||105||51||YES||NO||YES||N/R||$132,608||$83,360||$51,177|
|Institution||Cargiving Leave For All||Childcare Services||Continuing Ed||Ed Leave||Elder Care Services||Flexible Work Schedule||Average Salary Mid-Level||Stress Reduction Program|
|California Poly State U||YES||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|Case Western Reserve University||NO||NO||YES||YES||NO||NO||YES||YES|
|Holy Names University||YES||NO||YES||NO||YES||NO||YES||YES|
|Kent State University||YES||YES||YES||NO||NO||YES||YES||YES|
|The U of North Carolina at Greensboro||YES||YES||YES||NO||NO||YES||NO||YES|
|The University of Delaware||YES||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES||YES||YES|
|The University of Maryland, College Park||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|University of California, Riverside||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|University of Maryland-Baltimore||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|West Chester University of Pennsylvania||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|William & Mary||YES||YES||YES||NO||YES||YES||YES||YES|