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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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Holly Hawk (PhD 2020) recently accepted a new position at Clemson University in the School of Accountancy as a clinical assistant professor. 

Hawk previously taught in the Tull School of Accounting at the University of Georgia. She earned her Masters of Accountancy with a concentration in Audit and Systems from UGA and her BBA with a concentration in Accounting and Technical Communications from Mercer University.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Karley Riffe (PhD 2018) announced her relocation from Auburn University to the University of Cincinnati. She will be joining the faculty as an assistant professor in higher education.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Barrett J. Taylor's (PhD, 2012) new book, Wrecking: Deinstitutionalization and Partial Defenses in State Higher Education Policy (Rutgers University Press, 2022) is now available in paperback and e-book.

In the publication, Taylor shows how social changes set a collision course in higher education and offers a unique and compelling perspective linking higher education policymaking to broader social and political forces. 

Thursday, August 11, 2022

McBee IHE graduates, students, and faculty gathered for a discussion of enrollment management on Friday, July 29 over lunch. Graduates Kelley Lips and Rebecca Sandidge led the conversation and provided an overview of the strategic place of enrollment management in higher education institutions.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

John Fuchko III (PhD 2019) was appointed the interim president for Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. 

Fuchko outlined his approach to this new role in his open letter on the CSU president's webpage. He stated his commitment to the institution's tagline is to be Creative to the Core. "As each of us strives to fulfill Columbus State University's mission, let's be guided by a shared commitment to creativity and innovation," wrote Fuchko.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Heidi Leming (PhD 2013) authored a chapter in the recently released book Delivering on the Promise of high-Impact Practices: Research and Models for Achieving equity, Fidelity, Impact and Scale.

Monday, July 25, 2022

The McBee Institute welcomed four graduates back into the classroom virtually on July 21 to speak to students about their preparation for and experiences in noncampus roles.

The panel consisted of Rachel Burns, senior policy analyst at SHEEO; Patrick Crane, vice president of strategic initiatives in the North Carolina Community College System; Samaad Wes Key, program officer for postsecondary success at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Emmanuel Little, the director of training, diversity, equity, and inclusion for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Atlanta.

Friday, July 15, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Samaad Wes Keys, PhD 2014, was selected for UGA's 2022 40 Under 40 class presented by the UGA Alumni Association.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Melissa Whatley (PhD 2019) announced her latest publication in the Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education which was co-written with Heidi Fischer of Old Dominion University.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Melissa Whatley (PhD 2019) received the 2022 Best Article Award from the CIES Study Abroad and International Students (SAIS) Special Interest Group.

The article, "Balancing finances, politics, and public health: international student enrollment and reopening plans at US higher education institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic", was co-written with Santiago Castiello, a higher education scholar-practitioner.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Ashley Burnside (EdD 2019) has been named the director of the center for student success at the University of Southern Mississippi starting July 1, 2022.

She will lead projects on the success and retention-based initiatives, student outreach, staff operations, and retention-based scholarship awarding.

Monday, June 27, 2022

by Jewel Caruso

Dominique A. Quarles (PhD 2019) has been named Georgia Southern University's associate vice president for inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer starting August 1, 2022.

The institution has committed to making inclusive excellence a strategic pillar and a core value. Quarles' position is essential to achieving that goal.

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