Cindy Ann Kilgo

Associate Professor; Interim Co-Director, National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Center for Postsecondary Research; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Academic Programs:
Higher Education and Student Affairs
Research Areas:
College impact: (1) influence of high-impact educational practices on college students' learning and development, (2) minoritized students' collegiate experiences, (3) institutional change toward more inclusive and just campus environments
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About Me

Cindy Ann Kilgo is an Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs and Interim Co-Director of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at Indiana University. They are also a faculty affiliate with The Kinsey Institute. Their research areas include high-impact educational practices, the college experience for minoritized student populations, and the facilitation of institutional change processes toward more inclusive and equitable campus environments. Their research has been published in the Journal of College Student DevelopmentHigher Education, Research in Higher Education, The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and The Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, among other publication outlets. Their book, Supporting Success for LGBTQ+ Students: Tools for Inclusive Campus Practice, was released in October 2020. They were named the recipient of the 2021 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Early Career Award and a 2022 recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award. They are currently working on several projects using secondary, large-scale quantitative datasets to examine collegiate experiences and outcomes for minoritized student populations, as well as a Spencer Foundation funded longitudinal, qualitative study focused on college choice processes and anticipatory socialization initiatives that transgender students experience. They are a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), AERA Queer Studies Special Interest Group, ASHE, and ACPA College Student Educators International. They are the current Chair of the AERA Queer Studies SIG. They currently serve on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of College Student Development and The Review of Higher Education. They also served on the Advisory Board for the Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education. At Indiana University, they serve as the faculty advisor for Grad Queers and served on the Board of Advisors for the Queer Student Union for the 2021-2022 academic year. They completed their Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The University of Iowa, M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina, and B.S. in Psychology from Georgia Southern University.

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