Danielle DeSawal is the Master's Program Coordinator and Clinical Professor for Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University. Danielle's research interests focus on professional practice in student affairs, college unions, and advising student organizations on campus. She has presented numerous educational sessions and has keynoted as well as consulted with institutions on student affairs practice and is currently working with ACUI on a research project focused on student learning and success in the college union. She has co-edited a New Directions for Student Services monograph on the trends and issues facing the college union and co-edited a text for NASPA focused on the use of professional competencies in student affairs through supervised practice.
Danielle has held leadership positions within national professional associations. She was recognized by ACPA as a Diamond Honoree, and has been honored by Indiana University with the faculty award from the Commission on Multicultural Understanding and the Gordon Faculty Award through the Division of Student Affairs. She has also been recognized for her outstanding teaching and received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award. She is currently part of a team of professionals working on establishing a certification process for the profession and served on the NASPA Future of Student Affairs Task Force.
Prior to joining the faculty Danielle worked on a federally funded grant investigating Latino/a college students collegiate experiences, served as the Educational Program Coordinator for ACUI, and worked with the First Year Experience program at the University of Arkansas. She currently teaches courses in higher education administration, student development, and professional development in student affairs, student organization advising, and leadership development. Danielle holds her B.S. in Consumer and Family Studies Education from Colorado State University, her M.ED in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Higher Education Administration.