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Friday, March 24, 2023

Marion Ross Fedrick, EdD 2021, has been selected for the 2023 class of

Monday, March 20, 2023

Graduates of the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education excel in many different areas of our field. Below are the alumnae that we are aware of who are currently teaching in higher education classrooms across the United States.

Karley Riffe, PhD 2018

Karley Riffe is an assistant professor in higher education at the University of Cincinnati. She researches changes to the academic profession in the US. 

Kelly Rosinger, PhD 2015

Monday, February 27, 2023

by Jewel Caruso

Jim Morrison (EdD, 2011) was recently named the new chief strategy officer for the University of Oklahoma. This role will involve overseeing the coordinated implementation of strategic plans to “ensure university-wide alignment and progress across all three OU campuses.”

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

by Jewel Caruso

A research paper co-authored by Amy Stich and Melissa Whatley in 2020 recently appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

by Jewel Caruso

Hee Jung Gong (PhD 2021) recently accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the department of educational leadership, policy and technology studies at the University of Alabama.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

by Jewel Caruso

Danielle Buehrer (EdD, 2021) was elected to the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees this past December.

In their annual meeting in December, Buehrer was voted in by the majority of the College Delegate Assembly. She started her three-year term on January 1st, along with the rest of the Class of 2025.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

by Jewel Caruso

John Mitchell (EdD 2011) recently wrote an opinion piece in ITProToday called "Take a Ridge on the Workforce Rollercoaster." Mitchell uses a rollercoaster as a metaphor for the ever-changing job seeking environment, and how companies should change their mindset to adapt and be "armed with the best tools and resources on the hiring front." 

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

by Jewel Caruso

Ben Cecil (PhD 2022) and Justin Jeffery (PhD 2021) co-authored an article recently published in the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Leadership Studies. The paper, "International Student Engagement: Closing Gaps and Internationalizing Student Affairs," was released in the December 2022 issue.

Monday, January 9, 2023

by Jewel Caruso

Tracey Ford (EdD 2002) has been named the next associate vice chancellor for student affairs at The University of Texas System. She will assume this position in late March 2023.

In her role as associate vice chancellor, Ford "will serve as a resource to student affairs leaders across the right UT academic institutions and provide strategic direction in the support and expansion of programs addressing student affairs and campus life issues with a focus on student mental and physical health and well-being."

Thursday, January 5, 2023

by Jewel Caruso

Kate Collier (doctoral student), Sondra Barringer (former post doc), and Karley Riffe (alumnus) appear in The International Journal of Higher Education Research. The paper, "University presidents as agents of connection: an exploratory study of elite presidential ties in the United States, 2005-2020," explores how university presidents form relations between their institutions and external organizations. Using data from elite universities from 2005 to 2020, their results show growth in these connections over time.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Lindsay Coco (PhD 2015) has been named the inaugural University Alliance Fellow for the University of Utah.

Coco currently serves at the special assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. In her 17 years of experience, she has built first-generation student programming, scholars' programs, rural student success programs, and an early start college program. Previously, she was the assistant director for initiatives at UGA.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Solomon Hughes (PhD 2013) was featured in UGAToday covering his Emmy-nominated HBO series Winning Time. 

Hughes plays Kareem Abdul-Jabber, an iconic basketball player and social activist, who won a President Medal of Freedom. Hughes drew on personal experiences as a former player of the University of California-Berkeley, as a student and administrator in academic to hone his portrayal of Adbul-Jabber.

Monday, November 28, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Rachel Burns (PhD 2018) was recently quoted in an article for the Dallas Business Journal, "New research underscores disruption caused by college closures."

Monday, November 21, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Rhani Lott Choi (EdD 2020) joined the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as their education director in June 2022.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Angela D. Bell (PhD 2008) co-published an article with three other University System ofG Georgia faculty: Leslie E. Hodges, Donald L. Rubin, and Coryn Shiftlet. Their research, "Need-Based Aid, Participation in Education Abroad, and Program Type Choice" was published in the Journal of Student Financial Aid.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Art Malloy (EdD 2019) has been named the vice president for student affairs at the University of North Dakota and will start on January 9th, 2023.

Malloy is currently serving as associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He has been in the UNC System since 2019. Previously, Malloy was the dean of student success at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Friday, October 28, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

On October 27th, President Joe Biden announced 14 key appointments to the National Board for Education Sciences. Among these individuals was Denisa Gándara, an alumnus of McBee Institute's PhD Program.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Torie Johnson (EdD 2017) recently accepted a position with Baylor University as the new associate vice president for strategic communication and initiatives. Johnson, who currently serves as the associate commissioner for academic relations for the SEC, will transition into this role effective November 28th. 

Monday, October 10, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Greg Wolniak, associate professor, and Sarah Burman, doctoral candidate, report the impacts of COVID-19-related campus closures on students' sense of belonging and academic self in their article, "COVID-19 Disruptions: Evaluating the Early Impacts of Campus." Published in the Journal of College Student Development, the article capitalizes on a pre-existing longitudinal survey that tracks student perceptions that began in 2017 and continued in 2020.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

The Black Faculty and Staff Organization awards the Ed Wilker Memorial Egalitarian Award, which recognizes occupational excellence to UGA staff members yearly. McBee Institute alumni Narke Norton (MEd 2019) was this year's honoree.

Norton is currently the associate director for recruitment and diversity initiatives at the UGA Graduate School. In addition, he is currently pursuing a PhD. Norton also holds an associate of arts in political science (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College) and a bachelor of arts in political science (UGA).

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Heidi Leming (PhD 2013) kicked off a higher education podcast, "From the Vice Chancellor (VC)'s Shelf." Joined by other faculty and staff across the TBR System, they will discuss themes in the book Disruptive Transformation in Higher Education by Colin Stewart and Robert Dwayne Kelly.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Three McBee Institute graduates and a postdoctoral associate combined forces to research funding trends during the pandemic, Paul Rubin (PhD 2017), Meredith Billings (Postdoc Research and Teaching Associate 2017-2019), Lindsey Hammond (PhD 2020), and Denisa Gándara (PhD 2016). 

An article based on this work was recently published in American Behavioral Scientist titled "State Higher Education Funding during COVID-19: Exploring State-Level Characteristics Influencing Finance Decisions."

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Denisa Gándara (PhD 2016) released her first op-ed in Newsweek amid the large student loan forgiveness debate.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Charles Ambrose (EdD, 1989) was featured on the Complete College America (CCA) podcast CCA On the Air discussing student success at Henderson State University with CCA President Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Paul Rubin (PhD 2017) recently co-published a research article this month called "Analyzing Congressional Research Service Reports on Education: How is Information Used at Congress's Think Tank?"

Rubin and his co-authors provide insights into the content and sources that the Congressional Research Service (CRS) references when developing reports and providing information to federal policymakers. For this study, the researchers analyzed CRS Reports that focus on pre K-12 or postsecondary topics.

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