HESA hosts 7 for doctoral Visiting Days

By: Trisha Teig

The 2017 Doctoral Visiting Days hosted seven attendees. The participants traveled from near and far, with folks flying from as far away as San Diego, to as close as driving across town from FAMU. These folks are from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, from being a professional in the field for over five years to just completing their master's degree. The group members currently hold jobs in a range of student affairs areas including in housing, student conduct, academic advising, victim advocacy, and more! 

The candidates enjoyed a welcome, tour, and graduate class experience upon their arrival on Thursday, February 9th. The evening was wrapped up with a meet and great dinner with current students in Salley hall lounge. The candidates interviewed for an impressive array of graduate assistantships on Friday morning and relaxed after interviewing with some delicious fried chicken Friday lunch at Fresh Foods. Participants were treated to panels from the faculty and current students after lunch, allowing them to ask questions and get a better understanding of our program from a variety of perspectives. The afternoon concluded with a reception with candidates, current students, employers, and faculty in attendance. Yummy cupcakes and good conversation abounded! The Visiting Days events wrapped up with a delicious breakfast and final chat with the candidates and current students at Maple Street Biscuit Co. Saturday morning.

The 2017 Doctoral Visiting Days was a resounding success due to the hard work and planning of the Visiting Days committee and the support of the current students and faculty. THANK YOU to everyone who participated in different elements of the event. We are all so proud of our program and want to show prospective new students the Higher Education program at FSU at its best! I believe the personal touch and care taken with our Visiting Days allows future students to see the friendly, supportive, and welcoming environment we have to offer. We are excited to see which of our prospective students decide to join us in the Fall! 

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Trisha Teig is a doctoral student in higher education and graduate assistant in the Leadership Learning Research Center (LLRC) at FSU. She is the 2017 Doctoral Visiting Days chair. 

Posted on February 27, 2017 .

Graduate Students Present at the Dalton Institute

By: Connor Jones

The Dalton Institute, hosted by Florida State University, is a unique opportunity to interact with other Student Affairs practitioners investigating issues regarding college student values and ethics. When the first call for presentations went out, I knew I had to be a part of it. As a first-year Master’s student in the Higher Education program I felt this would be a good opportunity to present on something interesting while gaining practical experience I could use in the future. So with that in mind I approached another first-year in the program, Darrell Deas, Jr., about presenting at Dalton.

Connor Jones presents at the 2017 Dalton Institute.

Connor Jones presents at the 2017 Dalton Institute.

Darrell Deas, Jr. presents at the 2017 Dalton Institute.

Darrell Deas, Jr. presents at the 2017 Dalton Institute.

Darrell came around to the idea and proposed an interesting idea for our presentation. What if we incorporated the (at the time) recent Disney movie, Zootopia, into our presentation? With that, and our decision to focus on Consciousness of Self from the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, our presentation started to take shape. Our presentation was titled, So You Want to Be a Bunny Cop: Using Consciousness of Self to Create a more Inclusive Campus Environment, and was accepted for a presentation slot at the Dalton Institute.

Of course, I got the flu two days before we were scheduled to present but with the support of my presentation partner (and just like…all of the DayQuil) we were still able to pull it off. We incorporated clips from the film to illustrate moments of Consciousness of Self, then connected it back to tools that Student Affairs practitioners can use to help the students they work with become more conscious of self. The feedback we got at the end was positive and presenting at the Institute was a great experience. I would highly recommend this for other Master’s students looking to gain experience presenting at a conference in the future (also if you have not seen Zootopia, go watch it on Netflix right now, it is awesome).

Connor Jones is a first-year Master's student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. Connor came to Florida State after completing his undergraduate work at Boise State University and holds professional interests in civic engagement, service-learning, technology, spirituality, leadership development, and student activities. He definitely got pumped up for his presentation by listening to Joe Esposito's You're the Best Around, from the Karate Kid soundtrack.

Posted on February 17, 2017 .

Higher Education program well-represented on the national stage!

FSU's Higher Education program continues to be well-represented at conferences and scholarly meetings, with many students have been accepted to present and to serve in a variety of professional and scholarly areas. Here is just a sample. Way to represent the LifeNet!

International Leadership Association (ILA)
Nov. 2-5, 2016
Atlanta, GA

V. Chunoo, "Examining the Role of Cultural Responsiveness in Leadership Education"

Sally Watkins & V. Chunoo, "College Involvement and Socially Responsible Leadership"

Dorsey Spencer, Trisha Teig, Maritza Torres, Sally Watkins, & Erica Wiborg represented FSU as finalists in the Case Study Competition.

Sally Watkins was one of 16 participants in the ILA Emerging Scholars Research Consortium.


Leadership Educators Institute
Dec. 11-13, 2016
Long Beach, CA

V. Chunoo & Sally Watkins, "What They Talk About When They Talk About Leadership"


El Mundo Zurdo Conference
Nov. 3-5, 2016
San Antonio, TX

Estee Hernández, "Ni de aquí, ni de allá: (Re)claiming Indigeneity, challenging erasure" (with Christine Vega)


Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference
Jan. 30-31, 2017
Las Vegas, NV

Sophia Rahming, "The Influence of Acculturation and Minoritization on an Afro-Caribbean Female Student's Academic Achievement and Persistence: A Case Study"


Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO)
Feb. 28-Mar. 3, 2017
Chattanooga, TN

LaFarin Meriwether, Chandra Myrick, & Brittany Philbert, "Housing While Black: Supporting Staff of Color Through Social Unrest"


ACPA-College Student Educators International
Mar. 26-29, 2017
Columbus, OH

Danielle Morgan Acosta is serving as convention chair.


American Educational Research Association
Apr. 27-May 1, 2017
San Antonio, TX

Jason Montalvo, "'You Are Not Served!': Hispanic Serving Community Colleges Serving White Students"

Estee Hernández is co-facilitating two roundtables:

  • "Started from the border now we here: Testimonios from Mexican American scholarship girls" (with Nydia Sanchez)
  • "Education is first: Latino parents' educational consejos and perceptions of HBCUs" (with Taryn Ozuna Allen, Robert Palmer, and Dina Maramba)

NASPA Region III Summer Symposium
June 15-18, 2017
Lake Buena Vista, FL

Allison Peters is serving as the symposium co-chair.


Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I)
June 17-20, 2017
Providence, RI

LaFarin Meriwether, Chandra Myrick, & Brittany Philbert, "Housing While Black: Supporting Staff of Color Through Social Unrest"

Posted on November 11, 2016 .

FSU Most Recognized Institution at 2016 NASPA-FL Conference

FSU, including some of our Higher Education family, continue to bring in the recognitions! The Division of Student Affairs helped FSU become the most recognized institution at the 2016 NASPA-FL Drive-In Conference, which met October 13-15, 2016 at Florida International University in Miami. 

Among the awards taken home by the FSU delegation:

Chandra Myrick - Mid-Manager of the Year
Lena Papadopoulos - Outstanding Service to Students
Craig W. Beebe - Graduate Student of the Year
Leadership LOGIC - Program of Distinction

FSU also received less formal recognitions for submitting the most award nominations by a single institution, and Victor Martinez was recognized as the "Most Engaged Social Media Individual" for the conference.

Congratulations to everyone on their awards! We are proud to work and study at an institution that does such important work everyday. 

Posted on October 20, 2016 .

Dr. Kathy Guthrie Honored as ACPA Diamond Honoree

Dr. Kathy Guthrie, associate professor of higher education at Florida State University

Dr. Kathy Guthrie, associate professor of higher education at Florida State University

Dr. Kathy Guthrie, associate professor of higher education, has been selected as a Diamond Honoree by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Diamond Honorees are selected for their "outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs." 

The Diamond Honoree program is both a recognition and a fundraising effort for the ACPA Foundation, which supports professional development, recognition, and research in higher education and student affairs. Contributions to Dr. Guthrie's nominations can be made on the ACPA Foundation website

Dr. Guthrie is a program favorite as a teacher, supervisor, mentor, and researcher. Congratulations, Dr. Guthrie!

Posted on October 19, 2016 .

Dr. Brad Cox Receives Grant to Study Autism in College Students

Dr. Brad Cox, Association Professor of Higher Education at Florida State University

Dr. Brad Cox, Association Professor of Higher Education at Florida State University

Our very own Dr. Brad Cox, associate professor of higher education, was recently awarded a grant of $300,000 to study autism in college students. Cox has established the College Autism Network (CAN) to advance studies that promote student success and access for college students with autism-spectrum disorders. This project is just one many opportunities for students in the Higher Education program at Florida State to participate in research and contribute to the improvement of higher education for all students. 

FSU recently announced Dr. Cox's accomplishment the FSU News website. We're proud to learn from and work with this amazing scholar! 

Posted on October 19, 2016 .

Reflections from #FSUPracticum14 in Tampa Bay, FL & London, UK


FSU HESA visiting the University of South Florida - St. Pete during the local practicum.

FSU HESA visiting the University of South Florida - St. Pete during the local practicum.

It feels a bit surreal to reflect back and think that our cohort’s practicum adventure has already come to a close. Beginning in April, we met for two hours a week to prepare for our visits to other institutions in the Tampa Bay area as well as in greater London. What began with a vibrant discussion for specific issue areas related to students at these institutions grew into not only a time for academic growth and personal reflection, but also to solidify friendships and enjoy time with each other outside of our traditional campus setting.

Our trip to Tampa began with a dinner, at which we were fortunate to welcome Dr. Susan Komives, distinguished alumna and member of the LifeNet, to join us for discussion. Dr. Komives spoke candidly about some of her work in leadership studies, but also about her own practicum experience with Dr. Hardee during her time as a master’s student at Florida State University. It is so interesting to hear the impact of the FSU LifeNet and our university has had on many of the institutions we visited. Dr. Komives mentioned specifically Arland F. Christ-Janer, a pioneer within the field of higher education, and the impact he had at New College of Florida and the Ringling School of Art and Design.

FSU HESA '15 after dinner with Dr. Susan Komives - great way to kick off our Practicum Trip!

FSU HESA '15 after dinner with Dr. Susan Komives - great way to kick off our Practicum Trip!


While in Tampa, we had a great time visiting the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg, New College of Florida, the Ringling Museum of Art, Hillsborough Community College, and the University of Tampa. We not only were able to tour these campuses, but also speak with senior student affairs officers about their institutions, job responsibilities, and career path to their current role. So much of what we discussed related back to many of the discussions we had throughout class this past year and provided great insight into our specific issue areas for our research paper as a component of the practicum course.


Of course, not all time was spent working, and we were able to enjoy a number of meals together while in Tampa. On Monday evening, we also had the chance to participate in a walking ghost tour of St. Petersburg. This was one of the best experiences I think we had as a group, having the chance to relax and enjoy time with each other before we all parted our separate ways for the summer for different NODA, ACUHO-I, or other internship opportunities.


For some of us, practicum did not end in Tampa Bay and we reconvened at the Florida State University London Study Centre, located just blocks from the British Museum in the historic neighborhood of Bloomsbury. The week we spent in the UK was not only a chance to explore the differences and unique attributes of the UK higher education system, but also immerse ourselves in a new culture and learn from the city and professionals around us.


During our time in the UK, we were able to meet with a number of professionals and visit a number of institutions. Beginning at Leighton Park School, we were provided an overview of the UK secondary education system and the unique challenges with finances and access that students face in applying for university in the UK. We also had the chance to meet with some of these students over lunch and hear more about their path to university and the differences in the application processes between the US and UK. With this background information in hand, we then visited the University of Reading, Richmond, the American University in London, the Foundation for International Education, and the University of Oxford. We also had the privilege of meeting with Dr. Paul Gentle of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the UK. The discussion with Dr. Gentle provided a great end to a wonderful week of visits in the UK, and gave us a number of different strategies to take back and employ in our assistantships on campus related to leadership.


Dr. Guthrie and the International Programs Team provided a number of cultural opportunities while in the UK as well, ranging from theatre tickets to see Wicked at the Apollo Victoria theatre, to a day trip to Brighton Beach where we were able to enjoy a great day filled with an unusual (but welcomed!) amount of British sunshine. Having the opportunity to integrate what we learned during the week with these cultural experiences made for an enriching trip to the UK. We were able to accomplish a great deal in only a week in London!


Having had a few weeks since practicum ending to reflect, I think that practicum was perhaps my favorite experience of my first year in the program at Florida State. I believe that my professional practice will be different now, having visited a range of other institutions both domestically and internationally. It was a great way to end an even greater first year in the master’s program. It feels a bit odd knowing that each of us are apart this summer doing our own internships and creating our own experiences, but I look forward to August when we can reconvene to share and laugh about our summers together while welcoming in the FSU HESA Class of 2016!

Ben Cecil (far left) - 2nd year Master's Student  Graduate Assistant in the Center for Global Engagement  

Ben Cecil (far left) - 2nd year Master's Student 
Graduate Assistant in the Center for Global Engagement  

Posted on June 29, 2014 .