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Jennifer R. Keup is the director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, where she is responsible for all operational, scholarly, and strategic aspects of the Center. 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. 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). 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. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA. Jennifer also is the 20-year partner of Peter Keup and a proud mother of two young, male feminists ages 10 and 13. Connect with Jennifer on Twitter @jrkeup
Jodi Koslow Martin is the Vice President for Student Engagement at North Park University in Chicago, where she oversees all student affairs functions and serves as chief retention officer. Prior to her appointment at North Park University, she worked in both student and academic affairs at Aurora University for almost fourteen years. Jodi has been a volunteer in ACPA and a peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission. Jodi holds a B.A. in English and Communication from St. Norbert College, a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. She got married the same year she was able to rent a car and, ten years later, had a daughter. Connect with Jodi on Twitter @jkoslowmartin.
Jennifer Stripe is the Vice President for Student Affairs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a not-for-profit institution enrolling more than 4,400 students in graduate programs in psychology and behavioral health sciences. In her role, she is responsible for all student affairs functions for students on six ground campuses and online. Prior to her appointment at TCSPP, Jennifer worked for STRATUS, a higher education strategic planning group, and at UCLA. Her career in student affairs has spanned a variety of functional areas including student development, health and wellness programs, orientation and new student programs, student leadership, and enrollment services. Jennifer earned a B.S. in communications education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a M.Ed. in college student personnel from Ohio University in Athens. She and her partner married in 2009 and have a son, Beckett. Connect with Jennifer on Twitter @jstripeportillo.
Sara E. Hinkle currently serves as the assistant vice president for Student Affairs at West Chester University (PA), where she supervises five different departments, serves as the liaison to Academic Affairs, and oversees Student Affairs assessment efforts. Since 1995, she has worked at eight different institutions and worn a multitude of hats, with responsibilities spanning the following areas: orientation and new student programs, academic advising, student leadership and activities, service-learning, multicultural programming, international student services, residence life, judicial affairs, counseling, career development, off-campus and commuter students, and teaching. Sara is an active leader in the field-at-large, having held several leadership roles within ACPA- College Student Educators International (American College Personnel Association) and contributed over 40 national presentations and publications to the student affairs knowledge base. She currently serves as a review board member for the Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Sara earned a B.A. in psychology from Gettysburg College, an M.S. in counseling from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University Bloomington.
Heather Shea Gasser’s career in student affairs spans 15 years and five different campuses. As a generalist, she worked in several different functional areas including sustainability programs, residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services. Currently the assistant director of RISE (Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment), a living-learning community at Michigan State University, Heather oversees academic success, assessment, and recruitment and retention activities. She is also a second-year doctoral student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) PhD Program at Michigan State. She is also the co-host of the bi-monthly webcast, Student Affairs Live, which broadcasts online on the HigherEdLive.com network. She graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in graphic design and marketing and also received her master’s degree from CSU in the SAHE (Student Affairs in Higher Education) program in 2000. Heather is extensively involved with ACPA-College Student Educators International, currently serving as the Director of Membership Development. Connect with Heather on Twitter @heathergasser
Amy Howton is the Associate Director of the University of Cincinnati’s Women’s Center where she has served for the past eleven years. Her work experience has focused on feminist leadership and activism development, program development & evaluation, and sexual assault survivor advocacy. She has an M.A. in Women’s Studies and an EdD in Counselor Education; her action research dissertation, “Reform From Within: An Ecological Analysis of Institutionalized Feminism at our University” explored organizational change strategies. Connect with Amy on Twitter @amyjhowton.
Kristen Abell is a web developer at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has been in student affairs for fifteen years, in a variety of roles. She’s worked primarily in housing and women’s centers at three different universities over that time. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, women’s studies and English and a master’s in social welfare from the University of Kansas. Kristen has been blogging since 2006, and she is a cofounder of and blogger at the Student Affairs Women Talk Tech collaborative blog. In addition to technology, Kristen blogs frequently about the issue of mental illness, especially depression. She edited and contributed to the Committed e-series and book on mental illness in student affairs with colleague Sue Caulfield. Connect with Kristen on Twitter @Kristen_Abell.
Dear Jane is an advice columnist for the #SAFeminist blog. She has over fifteen years experience working in student affairs and is interested in professional development for her colleagues. She is excited to make her advice columnist debut and looks forward to answering your questions here. Look for Jane to make her appearance in March! Connect with Jane on Twitter @DearJaneColumn.