Now in its fourth year, Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs (MPPWSA) is a national recognition that celebrates student affairs workplaces that are vibrant, diverse, supportive and committed to staff work-life balance, professional development and inclusive excellence. MPPWSA offers institutional 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||Enrollment|
|Bellarmine University||Dr. Helen Grace Ryan||Louisville,KY||4-Yr||Private||3,609|
|California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo||Dr. Keith B. Humphrey||San Luis Obispo, CA||4-Yr||Public||20,186|
|California State University Channel Islands||Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer||Camarillo, CA||4-Yr||Public||5,879|
|College of William and Mary||Dr. Virginia Ambler||Williamsburg, VA||4-Yr||Public||8,437|
|Hofstra University||W. Houston Dougharty||Hempstead, NY||4-Yr||Private||10,953|
|Indiana University Southeast||Jason L. Meriwether||New Albany, IN||4-Yr||Public||6,442|
|Lynn University||Dr. Phillip Riordan||Boca Raton, FL||4-Yr||Private||2,613|
|Miami University||Dr. Jayne Brownell||Oxford, OH||4-Yr||Public||18,620|
|The Ohio State University||Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston||Columbus, OH||4-Yr||Public||58,322|
|Olivet College||Dr. Linda Logan||Olivet, MI||4-Yr||Private||1,058|
|Rutgers University-New Brunswick||Dr. Felicia E. McGinty||New Brunswick, NJ||4-Yr||Public||48,378|
|Saint Louis University||Dr. Kent Porterfield||St. Louis, MO||4-Yr||Private||17,052|
|Shepherd University||Dr. Thomas Christopher Segar||Shepherdstown, WV||4-Yr||Public||4,041|
|Stony Brook University||Dr. Peter Baigent||Stony Brook, NY||4-Yr||Public||24,607|
|University of North Carolina at Wilmington||Patricia Leonard||Wilmington, NC||4-Yr||Public||14,570|
|The University of Vermont *||Dr. Annie Stevens||Burlington, VT||4-Yr||Public||12,856|
|University of West Georgia *||Dr. Scot Lingrell||Carrollton, GA||4-Yr||Public||10,206|
|Virginia Tech||Dr. Patricia A. Perillo||Blacksburg, VA||4-Yr||Public||31,224|
* Institution has been recognized each year since the inaugural class of Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs in 2014
ABOUT THE STUDY
This study was first commissioned by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education in 2011. The national survey is administered by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) at The Ohio State University (OSU), which is directed by professor Terrell Strayhorn. Among other things, Strayhorn served as ACPA director of research and scholarship from 2009 to 2012.
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 staffing practices.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ENTERPRISE
The Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) is an interdisciplinary research center that promotes the important role postsecondary education plays in global society, especially the vital roles and responsibilities of public higher education.
CHEE is committed to improving student success by conducting distinctive research, policy analysis and outreach that will help make higher education more accessible, affordable, engaged and all-around excellent.
CHEE’s mission is to become the country’s preeminent higher education research and policy center, solving issues of national significance. In terms of vision, CHEE exists to advance the higher education enterprise through the creation and dissemination of distinctive research that informs policy, strengthens communities and enables student success. For more, go to: http://chee.osu.edu
PROJECT TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn (Principal Investigator) is a professor of higher education at OSU, where he also serves as director of CHEE. Author of 10 books, more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, more than 150 papers at international and national conferences and more than 300 keynotes, Strayhorn is a prolifi c scholar, internationally known student success expert, highly sought public speaker and was named one of the top scholars in his fi eld by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education in 2011.
Dr. Royel M. Johnson (Project Coordinator) is a researcher and policy analyst for CHEE. His research focuses on major policy- and practice relevant issues in education such as: college access and success; race, equity, and diversity; and student learning and development. He is coeditor of a forthcoming book on historically Black colleges and universities and has published dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and other academic publications. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education and student aff airs from OSU.
This project also benefited from the contributions of other CHEE staff who helped contact administrators, craft institutional profiles and elicit quotations. These include (in alphabetical order): Shay Merritté, Danny Ndungu, Regina Robinson-Easter, Tiff any Steele, and Catherine Wang.
PROMISING PLACES TO WORK IN STUDENT AFFAIRS ADVISORY BOARD
Tracey Cameron, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Intercultural Education
Director Harambee House
Advisor to Student of African Descent
Stan Carpenter, Ph.D.
College of Education
Texas State University
Kristen A. Renn, Ph.D.
Professor of Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education
Michigan State University
Joan B. Hirt, Ph.D.
Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
School of Education
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Sue Saunders, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Higher Education and Student Aff airs
Extension Professor, Department of Educational Leadership