HESA Highlights - April 2018
Sarah B. Westfall receives Robert H. Shaffer Distinguished Alumni Award
Sarah B. Westfall (‘95) has received the 2018 Robert H. Shaffer Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is presented annually to a graduate of the IU Higher Education doctoral program who exemplifies outstanding service to the student affairs profession.

Westfall has served as Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Kalamazoo College since 2007. She served as Dean of Students at Denison University from 2004 to 2006, and as Associate Dean of Students there for four years prior. After starting her career at Ohio University, she worked at Carleton College, and in a variety of administrative capacities at Ivy Tech State College and Indiana University, where she started the Freshman Interest Groups program in the mid-1990s. She has also taught at Indiana University and at Iowa State University.

Sarah earned her BA degree in communication from DePauw University, and an MS (Ed) in College Student Personnel Administration, and PhD in Higher Education from Indiana University. She was a participant in the Management Development Program at Harvard Institutes for Higher Education in 2004.

Sarah has published extensively in the field of student development, including The Small College Dean. She has also recently written about diversity and inclusion, crisis management, and case management in small college environments. She served on the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program Peer Review Committee for several years. She is active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, including national conference leadership. She also serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. Perhaps most importantly, Sarah thinks colleges and universities are fascinating.
Kimberly Sluis is awarded the Elizabeth A. Greenleaf Distinguished Alumni Award
Kimberly Sluis (M.S.Ed ‘01) was recently named the recipient of the 2018 Elizabeth A. Greenleaf Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is presented annually to a graduate of the master’s degree program in Higher Education and Student Affairs who exemplifies “the sincere commitment, professional leadership and personal warmth” of Betty Greenleaf, for whom the award is named.

Kimberly Sluis serves as North Central College’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. In her senior leadership role, she oversees all aspects of student development, including counseling and medical services, campus safety and residence life, orientation and first-year programs, the campus behavioral intervention team, student conduct, Title IX, campus ministry, career development, social impact, multicultural affairs and first-generation student support. Sluis also manages the College's strategic plan and spearheads a variety of campus initiatives and projects. In addition to her administrative work, Sluis teaches classes in conflict resolution, cross-cultural transition, and higher education administration.

Sluis joined North Central College in 2006 as the Director of Residence Life. Before being promoted to Vice President, she also held positions as the Assistant Dean for Student Life and Dean of Students. Prior to working at North Central College, Sluis worked in residence life at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sluis holds a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and a B.A. in Sociology from North Central College. She is also an alumna of the 2014 Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

In addition to her work at North Central, Sluis serves on the alumni board for the University of Pennsylvania's Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Program; and is a member of the Board of Directors for local non-profit 360 Youth Services. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served for three years as a health and water sanitation volunteer in Ghana, West Africa.
Dr. Lucy LePeau receives Trustees’ Teaching Award
Dr. Lucy LePeau, Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Program and Associate Director of the National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE), was recently awarded the Trustees’ Teaching Award from the Indiana University School of Education. This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrated evidence of outstanding teaching in the previous year. Nominations are based on evidence of student engagement and learning, colleague evaluations/observations, innovations in teaching, service related to teaching, and teaching publications.
Dr. Sam Museus receives Robert H. Shaffer Award
Dr. Sam Museus, Associate Professor in the Higher Education Program and Director of the National Institute for Transformation and Equity (NITE), was recognized with the 2018 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member from NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. This award is presented to a faculty member who has worked with graduate students, has a distinguished record of scholarly achievements, and has made significant contributions to professional associations.
Dr. Katie Branch is selected as a 2018 Diamond Honoree
Katie Branch, PhD 1997, was recognized at the ACPA-College Student Educators International 2018 Convention held in Houston, TX , as an ACPA Foundation Diamond Honoree. Diamond Honorees are recognized for outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and students affairs, especially leadership that influences the quality of college students' experiences. After completing her doctoral in IU's HESA program, she became a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island and served as the director of its graduate program in College Student Personnel from 2007-16. Her research interests are college student development and learning, environmental theory and assessment, socio-cultural student diversity, and the utilization of participant-generated visual methods in qualitative inquiry. Currently, she is working on a co-produced book entitled Applying Student Development Theories Holistically.
Dr. Myra Morgan receives 2018 Annuit Coeptis - Senior Professional Award
Dr. Myra Morgan (M.S.Ed ‘77) received the Annuit Coeptis - Senior Professional Award at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Convention in Houston. Individuals who receive this award are honored for their contributions to the fields of administration, teaching, research, and publications. The award celebrates the lives of Philip A. Tripp and Ursula Delworth, who dearly loved to challenge their contemporaries and junior colleagues in a spirit of personal and professional sharing, good humor, and intellectual debates. Dr. Morgan currently serves as the Interim Senior Director of the J. Wayne Reitz Union Student Affairs at the University of Florida.
Dr. Cameron Beatty is named 2018 Emerging Scholar at ACPA
Dr. Cameron Beatty (M.S.Ed ‘10) received the Emerging Scholars Award at the American College Personnel Association Convention (ACPA) in March. The Emerging Scholars Program supports, encourages, and honors early-career individuals who are emerging as contributors to student affairs and higher education scholarship and who are pursuing research initiatives congruent with the mission, interests, and strategic goals of ACPA. Dr. Beatty is currently an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Student Affairs program at Salem State University.
Samantha Silberstein selected as AERA Graduate Student Representative
Samantha Silberstein has recently been selected to serve as the Division J Graduate Student Co-Representative for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Silberstein's responsibilities in her new role will include coordinating Graduate Student Seminars at the annual meeting, preparing articles for Division J’s newsletter The Pen, and serving on the Graduate Student Council. We are excited to share that one of our current doctoral students has received this recognition at AERA. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on April 13th – April 17th in New York, NY.
Dr. Jeremy Snipes receives Honorable Mention at AERA
Dr. Jeremy Snipes’ (‘17) dissertation titled, Ain't I Black too: Counterstories of Black Atheists in College, has been selected for an honorable mention for this year's AERA Division J Outstanding Dissertation Award. This award recognizes a doctoral student who, through the dissertation work advances knowledge in higher education, makes innovative use of research methods, integrates relevant research and theory into the research, or generates and/or extends theory in potentially useful ways for researchers, policy makers, and/or practitioners, and produces a well-written and well-organized dissertation. The committee loved the richness of Snipes’ findings and the strong theoretical grounding of the study, as well as the dissertation's focus on an important critical issue. Snipes’ dissertation will be recognized at the Division J meeting of the AERA conference in New York.
Mara Dahlgren named Chester A. Berry Scholar
Mara Dahlgren (M.S.Ed ‘13) has recently been awarded the 2018 Chester A. Berry Scholar Award. This award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding writing that honors ACUI’s first executive director’s timeless and intellectual contributions in the field of college unions and student activities. Mara is being recognized for surveying members of ACUI to construct a more comprehensive history of the College Union Movement. This research offeres insight into the origins of college unions, growth and geography, the naming of facilities, and trends in construction.
Matthew Holley receives the IUPUI Chancellor’s Diversity Scholar Award
Matthew Holley (MSEd ‘00, PhD ‘16) has been awarded the 2018 IUPUI Chancellor’s Diversity Scholar Award which recognizes an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies the value of diversity in his or her scholarship and service and maintains a record of high accomplishment and leadership. Matthew is being recognized for his work related to sexual orientation and gender identity within healthcare and the training of medical students. Matthew will receive his award at the 2018 Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation on April 20, 2018 in Indianapolis.
Kathleen Manning is appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder
Professor Kathleen Manning, (‘98) retired from the University of Vermont's Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program, will be briefly coming out of retirement for Fall 2018 to teach the class, Higher Education in the United States, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her visiting professor appointment at Boulder follows a successful Fulbright Fellowship at University College Cork, Ireland during the Fall 2017. Dr. Manning continues her scholarship in retirement, most notably with the 2018 publication of Organizational Theory in Higher Education. She was invited to submit the entry to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Higher Education, Volume 5, on organizational structure.
HESA Highlights Welcomes Personal Updates!
Usha Venkat’s Photo is featured on BBC News
Usha Venkat recently took a picture of the 'Super Blue Blood Moon' from her living room window in Bloomington using her iPhone. The photo was published in the World - BBC News.

We’d love to hear about your personal updates and share them in our HESA Highlights! Please e-mail updates to Amy Nunez at ajnunez@iu.edu.
McClellan, G.S., Creager, K.L., Savoca, M. (2018). A Good Job: Campus Employment as a High Impact Practice. Stylus Publishing.

Book Chapters:
Maguire, E. (2018). Going Test-Optional: A Case Study. In J. Buckley, L. Letukas, & B. Wildavsky (Eds.), Measuring Success (pp. 171-192). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
LePeau, L. A. (2018). Examining the Experiences and Characteristics of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Leaders Identifying as Social Gadflies. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000072

Museus, S. D., Wright-Mair, R. & Mac, J. (2018). How Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) are creating the conditions for students to thrive. Philadelphia, PA: Penn Center for Minority Serving Institution. Retrieved from https://www.indiana.edu/~cece/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/How-AANAPISIs-Are-Creating-the-Conditions-for-Students-to-Thrive.pdf
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