Cindy Ann Kilgo

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Center for Postsecondary Research; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Academic Programs:
Higher Education and Student Affairs
Research Areas:
College Impact, High-Impact Educational Practices, Minoritized Students’ Collegiate Experiences, LGBTQ+ Collegians, Institutional Change Processes
ED 4268
(812) 856-8391

About Me

Cindy Ann Kilgo is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Higher Education and Student Affairs 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 Development, Higher 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 a Spencer Foundation funded three-year, longitudinal mixed methods study, Thriving in College: A National Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Students, exploring how LGBTQ+ students thrive in college (alongside colleagues Dr. Jodi Linley at the University of Iowa and Dr. Alex Lange at Colorado State University). They are also engaged in a variety of studies using large-scale quantitative datasets to examine collegiate experiences and outcomes for minoritized student populations through critical quantitative analyses.

They served as the Interim Co-Director for the National Survey of Student Engagement from January 2022 to July 2023. They currently serve on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of College Student Development [i] and [i] The Review of Higher Education. They also served on the Advisory Board for the Encyclopedia of Queer Studies in Education. They are a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), AERA Queer Studies SIG, AERA Critical Quantitative Methods SIG ASHE, and ACPA College Student Educators International. 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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