“Job Fit” is often a term used in search processes that can be used as a tool for exclusion, consciously and unconsciously. “Job Fit” can be a euphemism and code word for stereotypes and assumptions about others and help keep our individual and organizational fears, values, and culture free from critical examination.

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Keith Edwards speaks with Brian Reece, Vu Tran, Elliott Devore, and Gabby Porcaro, editors the book Debunking the Myth of Job Fit in Student Affairs and Higher Education. This episode will critically examine the idea of “job fit” and explore legal, ethical, and employment concerns related to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and more.

This free episode will air live on Wednesday, June 12 at 1 pm ET. To watch the archived video, just return to this page at any point after the episode airs.

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Episode Host

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards

Over the past 18 years Keith (he/him/his) has spoken and consulted at more than 200 colleges and universities, presented more than 200 programs at national conferences, and written more than 20 articles or book chapters on curricular approaches, sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education, and leadership. His research, writing, and speaking have received national awards and recognition including ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree. His TEDx Talk on Ending Rape has been viewed around the world. Keith is also a certified executive and leadership coach for individuals who are looking to unleash their fullest potential. Keith was the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from 2007 – 2015 where he provided leadership for the areas of residential life, student activities, conduct, and orientation. He was an affiliate faculty member in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught graduate courses on diversity and social justice in higher education for 8 years.


Brian Reece

Brian J. Reece (he/him/his) is the associate director of residential life at Colgate University, where he also serves both on the President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and as a member of the University’s Equity Grievance Panel. In addition to his day job, where he supervises professional live-in staff and oversees educational initiatives as part of the four-year residential liberal arts educational experience, he is also a PhD student in curriculum, instruction, and the science of learning at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Brian has previously earned a master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in prevention science and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Oregon as well as a master’s degree in higher education administration and an honors bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Delaware. He is the current chair of ACPA’s Commission for Social Justice Education and a reviewer for the Journal of Critical Scholarship in Higher Education and Student Affairs.


Vu Tran

Dr. Vu Tran is a scholar and educator who explores the complexities of issues pertaining to age identity, adultism, and intergenerational relationships in higher education contexts. He pursued and successfully completed a PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University, where he critically examined issues of adultism in higher education through a three-study dissertation. He positions his work on age from an interdiscplinary and intersectional lens, where issues of ageism and adultism are considered in context with other forms of systemic oppression such as racism and sexism. Vu’s journey with social justice education is ten years and counting, including the University of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations, The University of Vermont’s Next Step Social Justice Retreat, the Social Justice Training Institute, and ACPA’s Commission for Social Justice Education. He has been invited to speak about issues of age and adultism to professional staff as well as student organizations. Most recently, he presented a Pecha Kucha talk at the ACPA 2018 Annual Convention entitled “Why It’s Hard to Discuss Age in Higher Education.”


Elliott DeVore

Elliott DeVore [he/him/his] is a PhD student in counseling psychology at the University of Tennessee. Previosuly, Elliott earned a master’s degree in education and student affairs and graduate certificate in social justice in higher education from Iowa State University, interned at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and worked professionally as a Residence Director at the University of San Francisco, where he developed and facilitated student workshops on power, privilege, and oppression and peer support and personal development. His present line of research broadly investigates the impacts of structural oppression on the health behaviors, outcomes, and experiences of gender and sexual minorities, and intergroup dialogue.


Gabby Porcaro

Gabby Porcaro (she/her/hers) serves as the Assistant Director for Queer and Trans Student Initiatives at Roger Williams’ University. Gabby’s work as a social justice educator is situated in intersectionality. Gabby works to challenge white supremacy, heteropatriachy, and various forms of violence and oppression in all spaces. Gabby received her bachelor’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and her master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Virginia Tech.