Pursuant to the mission of the Standing Committee for Men, the Scholar in Residence Program will be a way to engage both the Standing Committee membership as well as the Association as a whole on an ongoing basis.  Rather than structuring learning opportunities only at Annual Conventions, the intent behind the Scholar in Residence Program is to create professional development opportunities that are no- or low-cost in nature and are distance-oriented, allowing for participants to read, plug, call, and/or tweet in when and where they deem most appropriate.  In essence, the purpose behind the Scholar in Residence Program is to provide a space for deep and meaningful dialogue regarding men’s issues and to do so in a way that allows many to be engaged in the learning process between Annual Conventions.

Suggested Scholar in Residence Program Guidelines

(flexible per the needs, desires, and talents of whomever is selected)

During the summer, a Scholar in Residence will be determined by the Standing Committee for Men Directorate.  This individual will have sufficient knowledge on men’s issues and should be currently invested in research and/or work related to this body of knowledge.  Preference will be given to individuals actively engaged in both scholarship and practice related to men’s programs, services, and/or issues.

Once a Scholar in Residence has been confirmed, the individual will be able to partake in the following initiatives during the course of the academic year:

  • Writing a Critical Perspectives piece, during which a central question is posed and the Scholar in Residence answers, citing research and theory, with two current SCM members responding to the perspective offered (once per academic year),
  • Writing a Research, Practice, or Thought Brief for the SCM Briefs (once per academic year),
  • Lead or co-facilitate a webinar, conference call, or other technologically interactive roundtable discussion related to personal area of scholarship and/or practice with men’s issues (once per academic year),
  • Lead, co-facilitate, or serve as a member of a panel during ACPA Annual Convention(once per academic year),
  • Serve as an expert resource for Standing Committee for Men and general Association membership seeking advice and/or feedback on men’s issues (ongoing throughout the academic year).

As stated previously, this is not a required list of things that must happen, but a starting point whereby a plan for involvement can be created with the individual chosen to be the SCM Scholar in Residence.  A final individualized plan will be created once the individual accepts the position.

Scholar in Residence Program Benefits and Compensation

While the Standing Committee for Men does have budgetary limitations, it is incumbent upon us to provide some benefits and compensation for the Scholar in Residence who is chosen to fill this yearly position.  As such, the following is a detailed list of the aforementioned benefits and compensation.

  • Full coverage of the ACPA Annual Convention member registration fee (currently valued at $375), and
  • Recognition from the Standing Committee for Men for participation at the Annual Convention as well as through all print, electronic, and web-based media.


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Brian McGowan

Dr. Brian L. McGowan is an Assistant Professor of Student Affairs and Higher Education at Indiana State University. Brian’s research primarily focuses on the social construction of race, gender, and sexuality in higher education. Other research interests include college student development and engagement, and Black male college access and achievement. Dr. McGowan’s professional experiences include: student affairs administration, residence life and housing, and career services. Prior to joining the faculty at Indiana State University, Dr. McGowan served as a project associate for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute for Effective Educational Practice. 

Dr. McGowan completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Old Dominion University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.  His Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs is from Indiana University.