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Higher Education Program Core Faculty

Program Faculty


David Ayers

David Ayers

Associate Professor

Research interests include: sociocultural theory, sociology of higher education, cultural studies, sustainable organizations, adult education and transformational learning, program planning, and organization theory.

John R. Broderick

John R. Broderick

President Emeritus and Distinguished Lecturer

Research interests include: college and university presidency, external and internal relations, and governmental relations.

Kim Bullington

Kim Bullington

Undergraduate Chief Departmental Advisor & Programs Manager for the Batten College of Engineering & Technology

Research interests include: at-risk students, military/veteran students, nontraditional students, student loan issues, and STEM education.



Felecia Commodore

Felecia Commodore

Assistant Professor

Research interests include: HBCUs, leadership, black colleges, black women, governance, administrative practices, MSIs, organizational behavior, and decision-making.

Mandalyn Giles

Mandalyn Giles

Director of Assessment & Planning

Research interests include: assessment, planning, and research methods.

Dennis Gregory

Dennis Gregory

Associate Professor

Research interests include: higher education law, international education, comparative education, student affairs, student conduct, and sexual violence.



LAURA SMITHERS

LAURA SMITHERS

Assistant Professor

Research interests include: liberal education, student success, datafication, predictive analytics, philosophy of higher education, and critical qualitative inquiry.

Jennifer Grimm

Jennifer Grimm

Director of Academic Initiatives for the Center for High Impact Practices

Research interests include: high-impact practices, experiential learning, peer education, and student development.

Dionicia Mahler-Rogers

Dionicia Mahler-Rogers

Associate Director for Student Engagement & Enrollment Services

Research interests include: leadership development, mentorship, and systems thinking.



MITCHELL WILLIAMS

MITCHELL WILLIAMS

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Research interests include: rural community colleges, the community college role in economic development, the community college and poverty-related issues and social justice.

ALAN

ALAN "WOODY" SCHWITZER

Professor

Research interests include adult and college student development.

DAN ST. JOHN

DAN ST. JOHN

DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT AT EVMS

Research interests include professional helping skills.



DON STANSBERRY

DON STANSBERRY

Vice President of Student Engagement & Enrollment Services

Research interests include: leadership, student affairs administration, and student success.

Bill Nuckols

Bill Nuckols

Director of Community Outreach and Engagement for ODUOnline

Research interests include: higher education law, policy, finance, and student debt.


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