From the Coordinator’s Desk

Turning the page to a new academic year means reflecting on the last one, and what a year we had, HESA community! In this edition of the HESA biannual newsletter, you can read about recent changes in our faculty, major accomplishments among our community, and updates from our far-reaching alumni.

Wherever life has taken you, HESA Hawkeyes, know that you always have a place in Iowa City! Our student organization, GOHESA, is organizing a Homecoming social to happen Friday, October 6, 3:00-5:00 pm. Watch your email for details!

On Iowa,
Jodi L Linley, PhD
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator

Welcome to the HESA Alumni Family

Congratulations to the 2017 graduates of the PhD, EdS, and MA programs!

HESA graduates 2017

Meet the Graduates!

Front: Herky the Hawkeye

Row 1: Chad Richmond, MA (accepted a position with the University of Nebraska-Omaha in Housing & Residential Life); Lisa Schumacher, PhD (accepted a position with University of Iowa Human Subjects/IRB Office); Eric Moy, EdS (continuing as a doctoral student in Mass Communications); Brett Caskey, MA (accepted a position with Orientation and Transition Programs at Colorado State University)

Row 2: Berrett Chestleigh, MA; Ashlei McPherson, MA; Abbey Berkebile, MA; Milo Alfarero, MA (accepted a Community Director position at Georgetown University)

Row 3: Laura Nichols, MA (accepted a position advising football student-athletes at James Madison University); Christin Ferrall, MA; Sarah Jo Purcell, MA (accepted a position as career services coordinator at Iowa State University); Justin Kyle Tanner, MA (accepted a hall director position at University of Connecticut)

Row 4: Javiera Romero Araya, MA (accepted a position in the University of Iowa Office of Assessment); Armend Berisha, MA; Hannah Walsh, MA (accepted a position in the University of Iowa Office of the Provost); Anne Ghinazzi, MA (accepted a position as STEM Advising Specialist at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA); Caroline Jens, MA (continuing with her position in the Registrar’s Office)

Row 5: Brendan Miller, MA (accepted a hall director position at University of Tennessee)

Not pictured: R.J. Holmes-Leopold, EdS (continuing in his position as Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Leadership Annual Giving at Cornell College); Yan Peng, MA

HESA Graduation 2017

HESA graduates listen to alum Sarah Moschenross (M.A. 2005, Student Development) deliver the alumni keynote at the 2nd Annual Hooding Ceremony May 12, 2017. Moschenross is Dean of Students at Grinnell College.

HESA Students: Another Successful Year

This year in HESA, we had 42 PhD students, 2 EdS students, and 28 master’s students. Our community is big in size and in success. This section of the newsletter celebrates HESA students’ collective achievements during the 2016-2017 year.

HESA PhD students
HESA doctoral and education specialist students:
  • Published book chapters and research manuscripts
  • Presented at local and regional conferences
  • Presented at national conferences including ASHE, AERA, ACPA, and NASPA
  • Were nominated for awards, such as the UI Diversity Catalyst Award
  • Passed comprehensive exams and defended dissertations and dissertation proposals
  • Collected new data for their research
  • Co-taught master’s courses and undergraduate courses
  • Placed in research competitions, including the College of Ed’s MLK Research Symposium
  • Won awards, including the 2016 Outstanding Staff Contribution Award in Tippie College of Business, the Minority Student Award in the College of Education, the Al Hood Promising Scholar Award, the ACPA Coalition for LGBT Awareness Research Recognition Award, and the Black Brilliance Award from the Celebrating Black Excellence Gala
  • Were selected as AERA Division J Grad Rep for the next 2 years
  • Were selected for the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar
  • Were selected as Obermann Graduate Fellows
  • Were selected for competitive ACT summer internships
  • Were awarded dissertation completion fellowships and other competitive research fellowships and scholarships

HESA M.A. students
HESA master’s students:
  • Attended and presented at national and regional conferences, including ACPA, NODA, ISPA, UMR-ACUHO, NACA, and AFLV
  • Participated in case study competitions and were recognized for their communication in the competition
  • Won awards, such as the UMR-ACUHO AIM High Award for Outstanding Research or Assessment and the UI Student Supervisor of the Year Award
  • Were elected to the ISPA executive board and the UI Diversity Committee
  • Completed major projects outside their workplaces, including a school district needs assessment
  • And passed comps!

CRUE Summer Symposium

The CRUE Symposium on Experimental Research in Higher Education brought speakers from across the U.S. to share their cutting-edge experimental studies. The speakers came from a range of disciplinary backgrounds; they included Ben Castleman (behavioral economics), Jennifer Cromley (educational psychology), Mary Murphy (social psychology), Mike Weiss (policy and statistics), and Nick Bowman (social psychology and higher education). These studies tested initiatives that sought to improve college enrollment, admissions decisions, sense of belonging, academic achievement, and persistence. Some interventions were seemingly small in scope (such as text messages reminding high school seniors to complete their FAFSA forms), while others were larger in scale and cost (such as a combination of full-time college enrollment, first-year seminars, learning communities, academic advising, tutoring, career counseling, and financial aid). Other topics included a course-based cognitive-motivational intervention and the negative effects of bureaucratic hassles in college.

CRUE Symposium

Nick Bowman, Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, and Director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education

Davis and Young Named 2017 Albert B. Hood Outstanding Alumni

The Albert B. Hood Outstanding Alum Award honors Al’s legacy of campus leadership, mentoring, teaching, research, and service to the profession while at the University of Iowa for more than 30 years. We received numerous nominations this year and thoroughly enjoyed reading about the ways Hawkeye Alumni are making a difference in the lives of students. Two alumni were named 2017 Albert B. Hood Outstanding Alums - Dr. Tracy Davis and Dr. Michael Young.

T Davis
Tracy L. Davis (MA 1992, PhD 1997, Student Development in Postsecondary Education) has had 20 years of an exemplary career as a faculty member at Western Illinois. His nomination from Dr. Deb Liddell detailed the far reach of his accomplishments. He has published three books, 15 book chapters, 11 refereed articles, and 11 blogs and book reviews. He is responsible for the creation and funding of Western’s Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men’s Development. He was selected as an ACPA Senior Scholar, and won both the NASPA and the ACPA dissertations of the year award. He is a tireless advocate for social justice, and a tremendous representative of the very best of our academic program.



M. Young
Michael D. Young (PhD 1978, Higher Education) is Interim Vice President of Student Affairs at Sonoma State University. Dr. Young’s nomination came from Dr. Leslie Shelton (MA 1972, Student Development in Postsecondary Education), who detailed the ways Dr. Young has made a significant contribution to the field over a 46 year career. His promise was first recognized in 1978, when he received the highly selective UI Hancher-Finkbine Medallion. Upon graduation, Dr. Young joined Wesleyan University as the Associate Dean of the College and Registrar from 1978 to 1989. In 1990, he became the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara and served in this role for 25 years, retiring in January 2015. His proudest professional accomplishment began when he first came to UC Santa Barbara, where he found Student Affairs fragmented and students did not trust the administration. He said, “I was able to assemble an extraordinary group of professionals who consciously worked as a team. They shared leadership, were effective collaborators, took on issues in meaningful ways, and had shared values.”


Congratulations Dr. Davis and Dr. Young!

Faculty Happenings

Liddell Returns to the Faculty

Deb Liddell and family
Since 2014, Dr. Debora Liddell has served as the DEO of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies. After 15 years coordinating the Student Development in Postsecondary Education and HESA programs, Deb had a smooth transition into the departmental administrative leadership role. As DEO, Deb saw the three departmental programs (HESA, Educational Leadership, and Schools, Culture, and Society) through two self-studies and a full external review. She served the College by leading important committees, such as the Dean Search Committee and the College of Engineering external review committee. She served students by continuing to supervise practica, advising students, and creating innovative funding opportunities to support doctoral students. Deb’s term as DEO ended June 30, 2017, and HESA welcomes her back to the full-time faculty. Deb also serves as Editor of the Journal of College Student Development, as co-PI (with UI alum Dr. Diane Cooper and senior personnel Dr. Cassie Barnhardt) on a grant to assess the Emory Integrity Project, and is an ACPA Senior Scholar.

Photo: The family met up in DC for APA. Deb and John with their granddaughter Grace, and their children and partners — Chris and Fiona (back), Gina and Meredith. John has retired from the University and in September will open a limited private practice in the community.

Morphew Head of Education School at Johns Hopkins

Jodi Linley and Chris Morphew
Dr. Christopher Morphew joined the HESA faculty as Professor and DEO of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies in 2009. For the past three years, Chris has served as Executive Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the UI College of Education. Now, he has taken a new post as Dean of the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The Iowa HESA community misses Chris already!

Photo: Jodi Linley takes a graduation day selfie with Chris Morphew, who emceed the 2nd Annual HESA Hooding Ceremony.


Paulsen retirement ceremony
Paulsen Retirement

In our last biannual newsletter, we announced Dr. Mike Paulsen’s retirement.

In May, we held a ceremony for Mike and presented him with a memory book containing images and messages from colleagues and former students throughout Mike’s career.

Photo: Ernie Pascarella telling stories of his long friendship with Mike, as Mike and his wife Laurey Easland listen.

Alumni Updates

We love hearing about alumni’s lives! Below are snapshots from alumni of all our graduate programs (SDP, Higher Ed, SAAR, HESA). Please send us your news using the Alumni Survey.

Michele Armstrong (MA 2013) was promoted last year to Assistant Dean of Students at Brown University.

Erik Buol (MA 2013) is Area Coordinator within Housing and Residential Education at the University of Utah.

Eva Chatterjee-Sutton (MA 1992), Vice President and Dean of Student Life at Washington & Jefferson College, was appointed to the Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference Board, as well as the City Wide Development Commission for Washington, PA, and the Washington/East Washington Planning Commission.

Lona Davenport (MA 2010) is Diversity Program Coordinator the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Tracy Davis (MA 1992, PhD 1997) - In addition to the Al Hood Award, Davis celebrates these achievements: ACPA Coalition on Men & Masculinities renamed the coalition’s scholarly award the Tracy L. Davis Outstanding Emerging Research Award; Davis was named an ACPA Senior Scholar; Davis published the following:

Davis, T. & Klobassa, V. (2017). Honoring the face behind the mask: Interrogating masculine performatives as counter-hegemonic practice. In P. L. Eddy, K. Ward, & T. Khwaja (Eds.), Critical Approaches to Women and Gender in Higher Education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Foste, Z. & Davis, T. (2017). Am I doing this right? A qualitative exploration of how college men make meaning of gendered expectations. Men and Masculinities, 20 (1), Â

Laker, J. & Davis, T. (2016). Unfinished business, dirty laundry, and hope for multicultural campus communities. In G. McClellan & J. Stringer (Eds.), Handbook of Student Affairs Administration (4th Edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Davis, T. & Wilson, J. (2016). Gender schema theory. Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Becki Elkins (PhD 2004) is now an Assistant Professor in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

Mary Elliott (MA 2004) is now Director of Residence Life at Colorado School of Mines.

Kelly Giese (MA 2011) was promoted to Area Coordinator within the Division of University Housing at UW-Madison in January 2017.

Michael Hevel (PhD 2011) was awarded a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2016-2017, and was promoted to Associate Professor and Interim Department Head.

Bill Huff (MA 2006) is the Member Engagement & Marketing chair for the ACPA18 Convention Steering Team.

Nancy Humbles (MA 1997), retired Director of the UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment, was awarded the UI Distinguished Alumni Award.

Alicia Joens (MA 2006) celebrates her 10 year anniversary as a Career Advisor with the Pomerantz Career Center at the University of Iowa.

Joshua Jones (Ed.S. 2014) is started KU's Ed.D program and will continue to work full time as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Affirmative Action Coordinator while obtaining the Ed.D in Higher Education Administration.

Cindy Ann Kilgo (PhD 2016) became an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama and published the following scholarship with several Iowa HESA colleagues:

Roksa, J., Trolian, T. L., Pascarella, E. T., Kilgo, C. A., Blaich, C., & Wise, K. (2017). Racial gaps in critical thinking: The role of academic and diversity experiences. Research in Higher Education, 58(2), 119-140.

Roksa, J., Kilgo, C. A., Trolian, T. L., Pascarella, E. T., Blaich, C. B., & Wise, K. S. (2017). Engaging with diversity: How positive and negative diversity interactions influence students' cognitive outcomes. The Journal of Higher Education, 88(3) 297-322.

Kilgo, C. A., Culver, Young, R. L., & Paulsen, M. B. (2016). Students’ perceptions of “Good Teaching Principles for Undergraduate Education” by paradigmatic development. Research in Higher Education, 58(4), 430-448.

Kilgo, C. A., Mollet, A. L., & Pascarella, E. T. (2016). The estimated effects of college student involvement on psychological well-being. Journal of College Student Development, 57(8), 1043-1049.

Miller, G. N. S., Kilgo, C. A., Archibald, M., & Pascarella, E. T. (2017). Amending the liberal arts: An analysis of learning outcomes for professional majors. In P. Marber & D. Araya (Eds.), The evolution of liberal arts in the global age. New York, NY: Routledge.

Evan Knopespel (MA 2014) serves as one of the coordinators for ISCORE (Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity), primarily working as team leader for the group of students who attend the national NCORE conference and co-instructor for a semester-long course the same students take.

Anthony Kuznik (PhD 1971), retired President of a Community and Technical College, retired a second time, after serving nine years on the local school board.

John Lewis (EdS 1970) retired from his private business.

Gina Marino (MA 2016) is Director of Alumnae & Volunteer Development at Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

Jarvis McCowin (MA 2015) is now the Coordinator of Inclusion at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, where he coordinates campus wide diversity, equity, and inclusion education efforts along with implementing strategies to diversify the workplace environment.

Scott Mertes (MA 1997) published the article referenced below and presented at three Michigan conferences about transfer student attainment and the LUCES academy. Mertes, S.J. & Jankoviak, M.W, (2016). Creating a college-wide retention program: A mixed methods approach. Community College Enterprise, 22(1), 9-25.

Jesse Meyer (MA 2012) is a Director of Development at the University of Notre Dame.

Kristi Mindrup (PhD 2012) is now a Council of Representatives member of the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.

Alyssa Mittleider (MA 2012) earned a CYtation Award from Iowa State University.

Eric Moschella (MA 2000) is Associate Provost for Student Success at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Jenny Noyce (MA 2013) was named the Hire Big10+ Outstanding New Career Professional.

Katie Radtke (MA 2015) began working at Marquette University in March 2017 as the Coordinator for New Student and Family Programs. Her supervisor is a fellow HESA alumna, Kelly (Behmer) Neumann (MA 2001)!

Kelsey Ryder (MA 2014) was awarded the 2016 Outstanding New Professional Award from IASFAA (Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators).

Mike Schluckebier (PhD 2013) won the 206 University of Iowa's Honors Advising Award.

Nancy Schneider (MA 1988) is Director of Academic Advising & Retention in the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

Teri Schnelle (MA 2013) was promoted to Associate Director, Assessment and Strategic Initiatives, in the Office of the Vice President for Student Life at the University of Iowa.

Tricia Seifert (PhD 2006) published the following scholarship:

Goodman, K., Watt, S., & Seifert, T. (in press). A call to propagate courses focused on spirituality, religion, and secularity in student affairs preparation programs. In K. Goodman, M. E. Geiss, & E. Patel (Eds.), Educating about religious diversity and interfaith engagement: A handbook for student affairs. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Seifert, T. (2017, February 24). The little engine that could . . . And will. #RyersonSA: Thoughts on life outside the classroom blog. Retrieved from:

Seifert, T., Bowman, N., Wolniak, G., Rockenbach, A., & Mayhew, M. (2017). Ten challenges and recommendations for advancing research on the effects of college on students. AERA Open, 3(2), 2332858417701683.

Seifert, T., *Moore, K., *Beaulieu, J., & Arnold, C. H. (2017). Paddling with purpose: Perceptions of student success & retention efforts. Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly, 5(1), 20-30.

Anne Sparks (MA 2015) completed training as a Trans-Alliance facilitator at the University of Iowa. She now teaches staff and faculty about Trans identities.

Susan Stork (MA 1987) was a contributor to Reengagement: Bringing Students Back to America's Schools, Andrew O. Moore, Littlefield Publishers, 2016.

Ellen Sunshine (MA 2001) was promoted to Associate Director of Orientation and Student Engagement within the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

Brandy (Killian) Swanson (MA 2007) works for Metropolitan State University of Denver as an Advising Coordinator for Training and Development and serves as the Region 10 Representative for NACADA's Advisor Training and Development Commission. Brandy is also the 2017 Interim Chair for COWY ACADA, an allied member of NACADA serving academic advising professionals in Colorado and Wyoming. Brandy has two children, Ellerie and Aidan (AJ).

Teniell Trolian (PhD 2016) became an Assistant Professor at University at Albany, SUNY, and published the following scholarship with several UI HESA colleagues: An, B. P., Loes, C. N., & Trolian, T. L. (2017). The relation between binge drinking and academic performance: Considering the mediating effects of academic involvement. Journal of College Student Development, 58(4), 492-508. doi: 10.1353/csd.2017.0039

Roksa, J., Trolian, T. L., Blaich, C., & Wise, K. (2017). Facilitating academic performance in college: Understanding the role of clear and organized instruction. Higher Education, 74(2), 283-300. doi: 10.1007/s10734-016-0048-2

Trolian, T. L., & Barnhardt, C. L. (2017). Shaping students’ civic commitments: The influence of college cocurricular involvement. Journal of College Student Development, 58(2), 141-158. doi: 10.1353/csd.2017.0012

Brian Tu (MA 2013) is now Assistant Director of Residential Life at Florida International University.

Jörg Vianden (MA 1999) finished a one-year sabbatical working with colleagues in the Center for Lifelong Learning at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg in Germany. Upon his return to UW-La Crosse, Jörg has assumed the Department Chair position for Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education.

Lisa (Mendenhall) Williams (MA 2012) is Chair of the 2017 ACUHO-I Academic Initiatives Conference.