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May 2019
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2019 SPA Journal

The 2019 Student Personnel Association (SPA) Journal is officially published! You can find it on the IU SPA website here. It is also hosted on IU's research database, ScholarWorks, which you can access here. Please take some time to read the articles and share the Journal with your networks!

Dr. Shaun Harper is elected President of AERA

Dr. Shaun Harper (M.S.Ed. ‘00; Ph.D. ‘03) has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Harper is also the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, and a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). His presidency began at the conclusion of the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Dr. Danielle DeSawal receives 2019 Faculty Awards

Dr. Danielle DeSawal (Ph.D. '07), Clinical Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program, recently received the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). This award recognizes a faculty member for demonstrated support of college unions and campus community building. DeSawal also received the Dean's Medallion for exemplary contributions to the Indiana University School of Education and was recently promoted to Clinical Professor in April.

Jacqueline Mac receives APAN Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Jacqueline Mac, current doctoral student in the Higher Education program and research associate with the National Institute for Transformation and Equity, recently received the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Award by the Asian Pacific American Network (APAN). This award recognizes a graduate student in Student Affairs or related field that increases awareness and education as it relates to people of color. Her colleagues share that “she courageously speaks out against marginalization and does so in a way that invites everyone into dialogue and balances the tasks of listening to one’s concerns while creating a plan to move towards a solution.”

Natasha Saelua receives API KC Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Natasha Saelua recently received the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the NASPA Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community. Her nominators share, “Natasha has significantly contributed to her program and to the field. She has been a strong, fierce proponent for advancing equitable practices that support underserved communities, specifically Pacific Islander (PI) populations. As a Samoan American woman, Natasha reliably utilizes her platform to uplift her community and her values. She represents all that is positive within our Asian Pacific Islander Collective.” Natasha is currently the Assistant Director of Analysis and Reporting for the National Institute for Transformation and Equity.
Dr. Sarah Hurtado receives Maris B. and Mary Higgins Proffitt Outstanding Dissertation Fellowship
Dr. Sarah Hurtado (Ph.D. ‘18) has recently been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Maris B. and Mary Higgins Proffitt Outstanding Dissertation Fellowship from the IU School of Education. She received this well deserved honor for her study, “Addressing Sexual Violence on Campus: Exploring the Role and Responsibility of Faculty Members.” Her dissertation chair was current HESA faculty member, Dr. Lucy LePeau. Dr. Hurtado is currently an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Denver.
Dr. Daniel Maxwell receives Butts-Whiting Award from ACUI

Dr. Daniel Maxwell (Ed.D. ‘16) received the 2019 Butts-Whiting Award from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). The Butts-Whiting Award is annually presented to outstanding individuals who have led and advanced the mission and values of the profession through their commitment to ACUI. His colleagues note that Maxwell is “a champion of the association, advocating for, and encouraging research in the field to grow and be used to make critical decisions.” Maxwell currently serves as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Houston-Crystal Lake.

Dr. Katie Branch receives the Annuit Coeptis Award from ACPA

Dr. Katie Branch (Ph.D. ‘97) recently received the Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award from ACPA. This award honors three senior professionals who demonstrate evidence of contributions to the field of student affairs with regard to: (a) administrative service or teaching; (b) research and publication; (c) professional association service; (d) demonstrated leadership; and e) Phil Tripp’s commitment to mentoring and encouraging young student affairs professionals. Brach is currently an Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

HESA Alumni are named NASPA Pillars of the Profession

Dr. Matthew Wawrzynski (M.S.Ed. ‘91), Dr. Sarah B. Westfall (M.S.Ed. ‘95), and Dr. Robert Schwartz (Ph.D. ‘90) were named NASPA Pillars of the Profession at the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference. This award honors members of the profession who are individuals of sustained professional distinction in the higher education field, have served in leadership roles in NASPA, are being recognized or remembered by colleagues, friends, students, or student organizations for extraordinary service, and have made significant lifetime contributions to the higher education field.

Stephanie Keiner serves as 2019 NODA Annual Conference Committee Chair

Stephanie (Osborne) Keiner (M.S.Ed. ‘06) is the Chair of the 2019 NODA Annual Conference Committee.  NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention, is holding their annual conference in Houston, Texas on October 20-23.  This has been a two year commitment. Keiner currently serves as the Director of Orientation Services at IUPUI.

Eric Maguire is appointed Vice President of Enrollment at Wake Forest University

Eric Maguire (M.S.Ed. '98) has been appointed as vice president of enrollment at Wake Forest University. In his new role, Maguire will have broad responsibility for recruiting, admitting and enrolling undergraduate students. Maguire is a first-generation college student known for his success in recruiting highly talented undergraduates, prioritizing academic excellence and increasing socioeconomic, racial and ethnic diversity. Maguire will begin his new role on July 1, 2019.

BGSA Black Excellence Awards

Donté Miller and Raniesha Wassman received Doctoral Student of the Year and Master's Student of the Year, respectively, at the 2019 Evening of Black Excellence. These awards are presented to a master’s and doctoral student who have made great contributions in several areas. Awardees have held their own academically but have also been actively engaged within the community. Essentially, these graduate students have been an all-around success and inspiration.

Find us on LinkedIn!

Indiana University’s HESA Program now has a LinkedIn! Build your professional network by connecting with us here!

2019 HESA Resume Book

For the third year, our program is excited to share the 2019 HESA Masters Resume book! We have another outstanding group of students searching for jobs. Please take a moment to review their resumes and message students if you have an open position that would be a possible match. We hope this resource will provide you with a glimpse of our graduating M.S.Ed. 2019 class. You can view the 2019 HESA Resume Book here.

Markie Pasternak is featured on Channel 13 News!

Markie Pasternak (M.S.Ed. ‘18) was recently featured on WTHR Channel 13 for having Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. You can view her story here!

Usha Venkat's Photo is featured on BBC News

Usha Venkat (M.S.Ed ‘01) recently took a picture that was published on BBC News on the theme of ‘Wonderful World’. The caption read: “My husband and I are avid nature lovers. We visited Monet's Garden in Giverny, France, in June 2018. The beauty of the lush garden with rows of flower beds and majestic plants is breathtaking and peaceful. The famous water garden is full of asymmetries and curves that are inspired by the Japanese gardens.”

HESA Welcomes Personal Updates! 
We’d love to hear about your personal updates and share them in our HESA Highlights! Please e-mail updates to Amy Nunez at

Ariza, J., LePeau, L., Li-A-Ping, M., & Museus, S. (2018). The Power and Potential of Culturally Engaging Approaches in Student Affairs Graduate Programs. About Campus, 23(5), 13-20.

Inkelas, K. K., Jessup-Anger, J. E., Benjamin, M. & Wawrzyski, M.R. (2018). Living Learning Communities that Work. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

LePeau, L. A., Hurtado, S. S., & Williams, L. (2019). Institutionalizing Diversity Agendas: Presidents’ Councils for Diversity As Mechanisms for Strategic Change. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 56(2), 123-137.

Lozano, J. (2019). Bridging the divide: exploring the connections between student governments and higher education governing boards. Studies in Higher Education, pp. 1-14.

Robbins, C. K., & LePeau, L. A. (2018). Seeking “better ways”: early career faculty researcher development. Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, 9(2), 113-126.

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