How does a campus’s physical, organizational, and socially constructed environments affect students? What environmental conditions influence student success? How can campus “architects” in and beyond student affairs work to foster inclusion, safety, engagement, and community? And, what adjustments to these models are required when students’ primary learning environment is virtual?

In Designing for Learning: Creating Campus Environments for Student Success, the acclaimed 2nd edition of their groundbreaking book Educating by Design (2001), Strange and Banning provide a practical guide based on research and theory that shows how colleges and universities can build learning environments that foster student success.

Join host Heather Shea Gasser as she connects with two thought leaders in campus ecology and environmental design, Dr. C. Carney Strange and Dr. James H. Banning on Student Affairs Live.


Episode Host

Heather Shea Gasser

Heather Shea Gasser

Heather Shea Gasser’s career in student affairs spans 16+ years and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she is a true Student Affairs Generalist. Heather is currently serving as the assistant director of RISE (Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment), a living-learning community at Michigan State University while also a full-time doctoral student in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2000. She currently serves as the Director of Membership Development for ACPA-College Student Educators International and blogs for Feminists in Student Affairs. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heathergasser


C. Carney Strange

Carney Strange is professor emeritus of higher education and student affairs at Bowling Green State University in Ohio where, from 1978 to 2013, he taught graduate courses on student development and the design and impact of campus environments. An ACPA Senior Scholar and NASPA Faculty Fellow, he was selected as a Diamond Honoree (1999) and Pillar of the Profession (2006), and was the recipient of the ACPA: College Student Educators International 2010 Contribution to Knowledge Award. He has published widely in the field, serving as co-editor and author of Achieving Student Success: Effective Student Services in Canadian Higher Education (2010, McGill Queens University Press) and Serving Diverse Students in Canadian Higher Education (In press, McGill Queens University Press). He was also senior co-author of Educating by Design: Creating Campus Environments That Work (2001, Jossey Bass) and Designing for Learning: Creating Campus Environments for Student Success (2015, Jossey Bass).


James H. Banning

James H. Banning is professor emeritus at Colorado State University where he taught in the Department of Psychology and the School of Education.  In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Banning has served as the Director of the Counseling Center at the University of Colorado – Boulder, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and Vice President for Student Affairs at Colorado State University.  Dr. Banning completed his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado in psychology and has been a frequent contributor to the literature of campus ecology.