Higher Education & Student Affairs
SPA Program
Autumn 2019 Update

HESA/SPA Welcomes New Cohorts to Campus

On August 17, we welcomed new cohorts into the M.A., Ph.D., and Ed.D. degree programs. The M.A. cohort consists of 21 engaging and eager-to-learn new graduate student professionals. The Ph.D. cohort is made up of 6 scholars. Lastly, 10 scholar-practitioners are enrolled in the third Ed.D. cohort. Join us in welcoming them to campus and our community this year!

The new M.A. cohort on their first official day of class.

Please Join Us in Celebrating the Following New Faculty Hires & Program Announcements


The HESA program has made some very exciting new hires in recent months. We welcome three new faculty members: Dr. Lori Patton-Davis, Department Chair for Educational Studies & Professor in HESA; Dr. Stephen John Quaye, Associate Professor in HESA; and Dr. Penny Pasque, Associate Director of Qualitative Methods in the Data Access and Analysis Core (DAAC) and Professor in HESA.

We are also excited to announce that all three degree programs (M.A., Ph.D., and Ed.D.) no longer require the GRE for admission.

Lastly, the HESA program has started an undergraduate minor program specifically for those interested in pursuing higher education and student affairs work post-graduation.

Join Us at Our Monthly Lunch Bunches for Students, Staff, Faculty, & Alumni

Once a month, the HESA/SPA community gathers to have lunch and spend time conversing and getting to know one another better. Bring your lunch or purchase a lunch there. See below for dates, times, and locations. All are welcome to join us!

HESA Recruitment Webinars

HESA/SPA will be hosting webinars for prospective student recruitment during the following dates and times. Please forward them along to any students who are interested in the program.

The following webinar dates and times are Ed.D. specific.

Alumni & Other Current Student News
Check here to see what our alumni and students have been up to!

Katie Krajny Beaulieu (M.A. '10) graduated with her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Texas Christian University this past year. Her dissertation is titled: Navigating the Space Between: Finding Sense of Belonging through Acculturation for Student Leaders of Color at Predominantly White Institution.

Corbin Campbell (M.A. '06) joined American University as the School of Education’s first associate dean of academic affairs. Read more here.

David Crandall (M.A. '77) started his career in student affairs in the fall of 1975 at OSU and will conclude his career at Cal State Northridge on September 30, 2019. He'd like to thank Carole Widick, Bob Rodgers, Bob Silverman and Phil Tripp for getting him started and his many classmates for showing him how to do things right and do the right things!

Levi J. Harrel (M.A. '12) has been promoted to Dean of Students at Oklahoma City University.

Adrian H. Huerta (M.A. '09) joined the faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California in fall 2019, where he is affiliated with the Pullias Center for Higher Education and the Center on Education Policy, Equity and Governance. He was also a Co-PI, with William G. Tierney, on a $300,000 research grant focused on men of color programs in public four-year universities in California funded by the ECMC Foundation.

Michelle Kim (M.A. '12) has two exciting pieces of news to share: 1. She and her husband welcomed a healthy and beautiful baby girl into the world on April 12th, 2019. Her name is Aria Harang Kim-Beasley and they're thrilled to be first-time parents. 2. She have recently been promoted to serve as the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Seattle U. She is also looking to hire 2 Assistant Directors to join the team and would love to chat with folx who might be interested!

Joseph Kitchen (Ph.D. '14) has secured a tenure track faculty position (Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership) at the University of Miami, Florida.

Jacqueline Loversidge (Ph.D. '12) and Dr. Joyce Zurmehly recently co-authored a text entitled Evidence-informed Health Policy: Using EBP to Transform Policy in Nursing and Healthcare. The book, published by Sigma Theta Tau International, is the topic of a feature article published July 19 in the online Sigma Journal, Reflections on Nursing Leadership. Find out more here.

Brian McGowan (M.A. '09) joined American University in a dual appointment as the associate director of AU’s Center for Teaching, Research and Learning and associate professor of education. Read more here.

Kelly A. Newlon, née Koren (M.A. '09), graduated with her doctorate in Agricultural Education/International Development in May! Dissertation topic: Cultural Competency of Short-Term Education Abroad Student Participants.

Travis Pentz (M.A. '10) and his husband, Eric Mill, recently welcomed a baby girl, Margot, who was born June 21, 2019.

Julio Rivera (M.A. '88) was appointed as the William B. Yersin Professor of Applied Business Analytics in the School of Business at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Justin Samuel (M.A. '12) received the Dr. Bill Lasher Doctoral Student Excellence Award at The University of Texas at Austin. This recognition is awarded annually to an outstanding doctoral student in the Program in Higher Education Leadership, and recognizes a doctoral student who has demonstrated research, academic, and teaching excellence as well as leadership and service. In July 2019, Justin completed the doctoral program by successfully defending his dissertation.

Pasha Sergeev (M.A. '17) recently presented at two national conferences: Supporting College Students with Immigrant Parents (May 2019; Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning; Columbus OH) and Asian International Students on U.S. College Campuses: Mattering or Marginalization? (March 2019; NASPA Annual Conference; Los Angeles, CA).

Jenny Steiner (M.A. '11) successfully defended her dissertation: Going Beyond Compliance to Dismantling Rape Culture: A Feminist Phenomenological Study of Title IX Administrators in May 2019 from the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities in Organizational Leadership and Policy Development: Higher Education.

TJ Stewart (M.A. '11) successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Georgia and graduated with his Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services. In fall 2019, Dr. Stewart will begin an Assistant Professor role in Student Affairs and Higher Education on the tenure track.

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