Terrell L. Strayhorn

Terrell L. Strayhorn, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Higher Education at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he also serves as Director of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, and Academic Success (IDEAS), Faculty Research Associate in the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity, and Senior Research Associate in the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center for African American Males. He also holds faculty appointments in OSU’s Departments of African and Africana Studies, Engineering Education, and Sexuality Studies (by courtesy). Dr. Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement, equity and diversity, impact of college on students, and student learning and development. Specifically, his research and teaching interests center on two major foci: (a) assessing student learning and development outcomes and the ways in which college affects students and (b) identifying and understanding factors that enable or inhibit the success of historically underrepresented and misrepresented populations in education, with a particular accent on issues of race, class, and gender and how they affect the experiences of racial/ethnic minorities, college men, economically disadvantaged individuals, and marginalized groups in postsecondary education.

Professor Strayhorn is sole author or lead editor of 7 books/volumes, including Frameworks for Assessing Learning and Development Outcomes (2006), Money Matters: Influence of Financial Aid on Graduate Student Persistence (2006), African American Student Persistence (2008), The Evolving Challenges of Black College Students (2010), College Students Sense of Belonging (2012), Living at the Intersections(2013), and the forthcoming Theoretical Frameworks in College Student Research. He has published more than 75 refereed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly reviews, and commissioned reports. He has also presented more than 150 papers at international and national conferences, including invited keynotes and panel discussions. External grants totaling over $2 million from agencies such as the US Department of Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), and American College Personnel Association (ACPA) support his research program. In 2008, Dr. Strayhorn received a prestigious NSF CAREER grant, the highest honor that NSF awards early career scientists, for his 5-year project titled, "Investigating the Critical Junctures: Strategies that Broaden Minority Male Participation in STEM Fields."

Named "one of the most highly visible scholars in his field," by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Strayhorn has received the 2007 ACPA Emerging Scholar Award, NASAP Benjamin L. Perry Professional Service Award, SACSA Outstanding New Professional Award, 2008 ACPA Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award, 2009 UTK Helen B. Watson Faculty Research Award, 2009 Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and in 2011, Diverse Issues in Higher Education named him one of the nation’s “Top Emerging Scholars.” Strayhorn was named “Who’s Who in Columbus” and selected as one of Business First’s “20 to Know in Education.”

Dr. Strayhorn is Co-Editor of Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men (published by Indiana University Press), Associate Editor of the NASAP Journal, and Associate Editor of The Journal of Higher Education. Member of the editorial boards for the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Student Affairs Research & Policy, The Review of Higher Education, and College Student Affairs Journal, he is actively involved in professional service as past-Director of Research & Scholarship for ACPA, past-Chair of the Council on Ethnic Participation within ASHE, Chair of AERA Division J Taskforce, and Faculty Liaison to the NASPA Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community.

Dr. Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree (BA) from the University of Virginia (UVA), a masters degree (M.Ed.) in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and doctorate (PhD) in higher education from Virginia Tech. He’s currently completing a law degree at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Jennifer Keup

Jennifer Keup is the Director of The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition where she provides leadership for all operational, strategic, and scholarly activities of the Center in pursuit of its mission "to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education." Her primary responsibilities include short and long range planning; oversight of program development and implementation; supervising a professional and graduate staff of 17 people; policy, personnel, and budget management; and serving as a liaison and representative of the National Resource Center to the Center’s constituents and the higher education community at large. In this capacity, she leads a team of professionals who coordinate the Center’s conferences and continuing education, publications, research and assessment activities, public relations, and resource development. Jennifer also serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches graduate courses, advises students, and serves on thesis and dissertation committees.

Before joining the staff of the National Resource Center, Jennifer served as the Director of the Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO) at UCLA and was the Director of Follow-Up Surveys at the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI). She also was an instructor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA where she taught courses on student development, education research, scholarly writing, and assessment.

Jennifer’s research interests focus on two complementary areas of scholarship: 1) the first-year experience and students in transition and 2) high-impact practices and institutional interventions. Under the umbrella of this agenda, she has engaged in scholarly work, teaching, and service on many topics such as college student characteristics; the impact of college on students; student access, development, learning, and success; curriculum and student services; peer leadership; community college and transfer issues; leadership and institutional effectiveness; student performance, adjustment, and attainment; and higher education assessment. Her professional experience has yielded several presentations, keynote addresses, and scholarly publications; terms on the editorial boards of The Journal of Peer Learning, Learning Communities Research and Practice, Journal of College Student Development, and Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition; and a leadership positions with the ACPA Commission for Admission, Orientation, and First-Year Experience and the 2013 ACPA Convention Committee.

Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy - Higher Education and Organizational Change 2002

Master of Arts - Higher Education and Organizational Change 1998

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology 1993

Marcia Baxter Magolda

Marcia Baxter Magolda is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Miami University of Ohio (USA). She received both Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Higher Education from The Ohio State University and her B.A. in Psychology from Capital University. She teaches student development theory in the Student Affairs in Higher Education masters and doctoral programs. Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and young adult life and pedagogy to promote self-authorship.

Her books include Authoring Your Life: Developing an Internal Voice to Meet Life’s Challenges (Stylus, 2009), Development and Assessment of Self-authorship: Exploring the Concept across Cultures (co-edited with E. Creamer & P. Meszaros; Stylus, 2010) Learning Partnerships: Theory and Models of Practice to Educate for Self-Authorship (co-edited with P. King; Stylus, 2004), Making Their Own Way: Narratives for Transforming Higher Education to Promote Self-Development (Stylus, 2001), Creating Contexts for Learning and Self-Authorship: Constructive-Developmental Pedagogy (Vanderbilt University Press, 1999), and Knowing and Reasoning in College (Jossey-Bass, 1992).

She received the Association for the Study of Higher Education Research Achievement Award, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Robert H. Shaffer Award for Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member, American College Personnel Association’s Contribution to Knowledge Award, and Miami University’s Benjamin Harrison Medallion.