Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) faculty and students spark innovative practice and produce research to address the contemporary challenges and persistent inequities in higher education.

HESA offers educational leaders, scholars, and practitioners comprehensive expertise built from a range of intellectual traditions. Faculty have diverse philosophies, methods, disciplinary training, and personal backgrounds, ensuring students gain a deep understanding and interconnected view of the field.

A hallmark of the Iowa HESA program is its abundant opportunities for experiential learning; through assistantships, internships, practica, and more, HESA students have opportunities for leadership, service, teaching, and research.

The December 1 PhD application deadline may present a challenge due to COVID-19. Therefore, the HESA program will accept PhD applications through April 15 to allow extra time for applicants to gather all materials. December 1 will be an “early action” deadline and April 15 will be the new regular deadline. Regardless of deadline, all applicants will be considered for funding. Please direct questions to epls-hesa@uiowa.edu.

Programs

M.A. Higher Education and Student Affairs

A theory-to-practice master’s preparing scholar-educators for careers in student affairs and higher ed administration.

Ph.D. Higher Education and Student Affairs

A terminal doctorate preparing scholar-educators for leadership, faculty positions, and policy analysis.

Ed.D. in Education Policy and Leadership Studies

A practice-based terminal doctorate preparing scholar-educators for upper-level leadership.

Faculty and Research

Higher Education and Student Affairs faculty are nationally and internationally recognized in the field and are active in a wide range of research areas.

  • Minoritized students’ experiences
  • College choice and access
  • Student outcomes
  • Inequality in higher education
  • History of higher education
  • Multicultural initiatives
  • Internationalization
  • Higher education administration, policy, and governance
  • Student development

 

Brian An

Brian An

Associate Professor

Cassie Barnhardt

Cassie Barnhardt

Associate Professor

Nicholas A. Bowman

Nicholas Bowman

Professor

Katie Broton

Katharine (Katie) Broton

Assistant Professor

Jodi L. Linley

Jodi Linley

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator (HESA)

Chris Ogren

Christine Ogren

Associate Professor

Sherry Watt

Sherry Watt

Professor

For a full list of faculty, including adjuncts and post-doctoral scholars, visit our faculty page:

 

Center for Research on Undergraduate Education (CRUE)

The Center for Research on Undergraduate Education (CRUE) implements and disseminates research and scholarship that fosters an understanding of effective undergraduate education.

Multicultural Initiatives Research Team (MCI)

The Multicultural Initiatives Research Team (MCI) researches ways of being in relationship, constructs and strategies that disrupt dehumanizing practices that perpetuate inequity.

The Higher Education and Student Affairs program is united in its commitment to advancing knowledge, and cultivating transformation in the practice and study of postsecondary education.  The HESA program offers educational leaders, scholars, and practitioners comprehensive expertise built from a range of intellectual traditions.  Our differences (philosophies, methods, disciplinary training, and personal backgrounds) exemplify the respect and concern we have for ensuring that students develop a deep understanding and interconnected view of the field.  Together, the HESA program coalesces around a shared sense of responsibility to produce research, and to spark innovative thinking, that addresses the contemporary challenges and persistent inequities that permeate the field of higher education and student affairs.

Together we pursue these tasks by:

  • Engaging authentically with civility and respect
  • Critically examining issues of justice and social change
  • Offering learning experiences that require holistic reflection
  • Examining the classic and contemporary contexts of postsecondary education
  • Cultivating a caring and dynamic learning community and a rigorous culture of scholarship and ethical practice

Contact

Email us at epls-hesa@uiowa.edu.