Rebecca Owens, Instructor and Assistant to the Director, joined LSU in August 2008. Owens teaches higher education graduate courses at LSU and also serves as the coordinator for the online Master’s of Education with an emphasis in higher education administration. When she assumed this role in summer, 2014, they had 16 students. She now advises close to 50 students and has had 24 students graduate from the program. Owens designs courses in the curriculum and teaches Intro to Student Affairs, Administration and Organization, Assessment in HE, and the College Student. She is responsible for program assessment for the online degree and teaches Leadership in Higher Ed, Assessment, and Strategic Planning in the face to face format. Owens also works with the Dean’s Office where she assists with compliance review for program assessment and writes the College’s strategic planning report.
She received her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia in 1992 and spent 14 years at Texas Tech University where she was director of two departments whose mission was academic support services. While at Texas Tech she served on the steering committee to begin a Staff Senate, on numerous leadership committees both campus and state wide, and administered budgets in excess of two million dollars. She led efforts in student retention and student academic success while at Texas Tech. Dr. Owens brings a strong practitioner background to the higher education program where she teaches leadership and strategic planning. She also serves as the School of Education’s assessment coordinator.