Title: Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs

College / University / Organization: Bowling Green State University

Position for which you are applying: Member at Large Faculty

In the space below, please describe your involvement with ACPA, including any leadership positions you have held.

I have been a member of ACPA for the last 25 years, since I began my masters degree program.  I believe I have attended the annual conference for every one of those years, and have presented at all conferences since 1995.  Over these years I have had the privilege of being able to contribute to the work of ACPA in several different capacities, primarily focused on scholarship, faculty, and equity issues. 
Books and Media Board 

  • Editor and Chair (2006-2010) 
  • Associate Editor (2003-2006) 

Member, Core Council on the Generation and Dissemination of Knowledge (2004-2007) and Publications Committee (2008-2010) 

Journal of College Student Development 

  • Ad hoc reviewer (2009-present) 
  • Editorial review board member (2002-2008) 
  • Member, Board member selection committee (2007, 2008) 
  • Reviewer, On the Campus (1995-1997) 

Member, Ad-hoc Task Force on Faculty Diversity Competence (2012) 

Member, Ad-hoc Task Force on Certification (2011) 

Member, Presidential Task Force “Engaging the Complexities of Difference: What Does Walking the Talk Really Look Like?” (2007-2010) 

Commission on Professional Preparation 

  • Directorate Member (2002-2005) 
  • Liaison to Committee on Multicultural Affairs (1999-2005) 
  • New Faculty Liaison (2002-2005) 
  • Reviewer, Research and Writing Awards (2000/2001, 2002-2004) 
  • Reviewer, Sponsored Conference Programs (2004, 2005) 
  • Quality Enhancement Taskforce member (2000-2001) 

Member, President’s Taskforce on Scholarship (2001-2002) 

Reviewer, General Conference Programs (2001, 2003) 

Please describe how you will work to advance ACPA’s Core Values if elected/appointed to this position.

The core values of ACPA include: 

  • Education and development of the total student. 
  • Diversity, multicultural competence and human dignity. 
  • Inclusiveness in and access to association-wide involvement and decision-making. 
  • Free and open exchange of ideas in a context of mutual respect. 
  • Advancement and dissemination of knowledge relevant to college students and their learning, and the effectiveness of student affairs and student services professionals and their institutions. 
  • Continuous professional development and personal growth of student affairs and student services professionals that includes the development of effective administrative leadership and management skills. 
  • Outreach and advocacy on issues of concern to students, student affairs and services professionals and the higher and tertiary education community, including affirmative action and other policy issues. 

Should I be elected, I would facilitate the efforts of the Association to support the education and development of the whole student by highlighting the application of current scholarship to our profession’s understanding of those processes.  I also would encourage the Association’s efforts to provide ongoing development of student affairs professionals and graduate students regarding new understandings of students and ways to support their success.  Working collaboratively with the entire Governing Board, I would encourage the expansion of research on underserved and historically marginalized populations in colleges and in student affairs work and ways of creating campuses that effectively support the success of all students. 

I would reach out to faculty and graduate students to be sure their perspectives and concerns were present in Governing Board deliberations and would communicate the questions and perspectives of the board back to those groups.  I would work to enhance the exchange of ideas between scholars and practitioners and develop scholar-practitioners. 

In collaboration with the Director of Research and Scholarship, I would support the development of Association resources for the “advancement and dissemination of knowledge relevant to college students and their learning, and the effectiveness of student affairs and student services professionals and their institutions” (ACPA Core Values).  Working with the Director for Professional Development, I would foster linkages and communication between faculty and student affairs practitioners, so that research and teaching address the needs of the profession and so practitioners have access to current findings about the nature and needs of college students and ways of creating student affairs organizations that can best address those needs.   

I would support the development of Association resources for the knowledge and skill development of current and future professionals.  I would support the Association’s outreach and advocacy efforts through the development of scholarly support for those efforts and address ways that faculty and graduate preparation students might be more fully involved in outreach and advocacy. 

After reviewing the qualifications of the position for which you are applying, please describe briefly below how you believe you meet each qualification.

There are two qualifications for the Member-at-large Faculty position:  the candidate must be a member in good standing in ACPA and must hold full time status in a tenure-track faculty line.  I have been a member of ACPA, in good standing, since 1989 and expect to remain so.  I am a tenured associate professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University.

As a leader, how will you contribute to the work of the Association?

Within the board, I would provide information about, advocate for, and work collaboratively to ensure that Association initiatives are informed by scholarship, support the development of future professionals through graduate training, and advance the development and use of scholarship-based practice on our campuses.  I also see the role of the faculty member at large as a conduit between the Board and faculty; I would communicate regularly with faculty to keep them informed of board decisions and concerns, and to inform the Board of the concerns of faculty and others fostering the professional preparation of practitioners and scholars.  Additionally, in collaboration with the Director for Research and Scholarship and the Director for Professional Development, I would work to highlight scholarship relevant to the members of the Association, to foster the engagement of practitioners in the development of knowledge, and to enhance the sources of funding for research that contributes to the core values of ACPA.

After reading the introductory statement about the ACPA Leader Selection Process, take a moment to reflect on your own experiences at the intersections of equity, inclusion and diversity. How will your experiences help you in our work to champion equity, inclusion and diversity within and outside the ACPA community?

Both my scholarship and professional practice have had an unshakable focus on equity, inclusion, and diversity.  My research has addressed disability, gender, LBG, and ally issues on campuses.  Issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity are foundational aspects of all my teaching.  As a practitioner I have worked in residence life, general education, and student affairs/academic affairs partnerships.  In all of those roles, my work has been about helping students to better understand and address equity issues, and helping professionals, both practitioners and faculty, better teach and train about those issues.  I would bring that synthesis of scholarship, teaching, and practice, and ability to address students, faculty, and practitioners to my work on the ACPA governing board.