post-electionnewfbtwitterThe aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election has been felt on our college campuses. Nearly a month after Election Day, campuses remain locations where dialogue, engagement, political action, and student activism are all in a pivotal moment.  This election has brought about concerns about safety balanced against a need to engage in conversation across difference. In what ways are campuses providing space for reflection, self-care, and dialogue simultaneously? How does online/social media platforms affect student political learning and promote dialogue (or stifle debate)?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea Gasser connects with panelists to discuss these questions and more related to the aftermath of the 2016 election. Joining Heather are Dr. Cassie Barnhardt, Dr. Adam Gismondi, Alex Lange, Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Antonio Pee, and Vu Tran.

Please contribute to the conversation by emailing questions before the show to or by tweeting live during the show using the #higheredlive hashtag. We’ll do our best to infuse questions from viewers (with attribution) into the live conversation.


Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades 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 identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_


Dr. Cassie L. Barnhardt

Cassie L. Barnhardt is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Iowa. She holds her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in Student Affairs from Michigan State University, and two bachelor’s degrees also from the University of Michigan. Cassie’s research focuses on various aspects of civic and public engagement including the multiple ways in which college students learn about and enact social responsibility, as well as the ways that universities, as organizations, contribute to democracy and civic life. Cassie has published in Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, among others. Some of her work has been pursued with financial support from the John Templeton Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.  Cassie teaches graduate courses on the administration of student affairs, organizational behavior and management in postsecondary institutions, and research methods.


Dr. Adam Gismondi

Adam Gismondi earned his PhD from Boston College’s Higher Education program, where he wrote his dissertation on the role of social media in student political learning and engagement.  He has been published in several journals and magazines, including Forbes and the Journal of College and Character, and his forthcoming book chapter co-authored with Dr. Laura Osteen, titled “Student Activism in the Technology Age,” will be released in 2017.  Adam formerly worked in student affairs at Florida State University and the University of Florida and served on the adjunct faculty at Boston University.  His current role is at the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life.  He has also been involved professionally as a member of the SXSWedu Advisory Board, a HASTAC Scholar, and as President of the William & Mary Greater Boston Alumni Chapter. Adam can be found on Twitter @AdamGismondi and blogs periodically at


Alex C. Lange

Alex C. Lange (pronouns: they/them/their) continues to have an impatient, enduring hope for a more caring, just world. In their day-to-day work as a scholar-practitioner, they serve as Assistant Director to Michigan State University’s LBGT Resource Center, working with and alongside queer & trans collegians to promote campus climates and experiences that help all students to thrive.  They also serve as the Coordinator of Organizational Effectiveness for the Division of Student Affairs and Services.  Their professional and research interests include better understanding how those with dominant/privileged identities make meaning of their identities, the use of overlapping epistemologies to better understand and complicate student development narratives, and the role of praxis in student activism.  Alex has a Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Law and American Society from the Wilkes Honors College @ Florida Atlantic University.  They believe that our efforts for social justice must be intersectional, integrative, and interdisciplinary and must be grounded in a complex public love.  You can find them on Twitter at @itsAlexCL or check out their blog for more musings.



Antonio Pee

Antonio serves as assistant director for residence education at Michigan State University. In this role, Antonio leads the North residential neighborhood and oversees the training needs of the residence education team. Antonio is active in several higher education professional associations and has several years of experience working with new and young professionals through placement exchanges. Connect with Antonio on Twitter at @AntonioLPee.


Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier currently serves as the Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, in which she oversees all divisional facilities, finances, assessment, strategic planning, human resources, the Norris University Center, and Division Services (SAIT, Student Affairs Marketing, Special Projects, Night Safety Transit), as well as oversees all communications and board matters for the Vice President. She earned her B.S. degree in Genetics and her M.Ed. degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University-College Station, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Administrations and Foundations from Indiana State University. Dr. Payne-Kirchmeier teaches college student development in the Master of Science in Higher Education program at Northwestern University.

During her administrative tenure, Dr. Payne-Kirchmeier has been highly involved in professional associations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), ACPA College Student Educators, and served as Conference Host and President of the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO). She currently serves as the NASPA IV-E Regional Director-elect, is a member of the NASPA Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP) Editorial Board, serves on the Center for Women Board for NASPA, and chairs the Certification Commission for NACAS.

A long-time advocate for women’s rights and feminism in higher education, Dr. Payne-Kirchmeier is also deeply invested in politics in higher education. Most recently, Dr. Payne-Kirchmeier was honored to facilitate a discussion at the 2016 ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition with Donna Brazile and Ana Navarro. As she puts it, the Presidential election “is like my Super Bowl”.


Vu Tran

Vu Tran is a Doctoral Candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University.  His teaching, research, and service aims to extend foundational conceptions of social justice education, and help alleviate social divisiveness.  Vu is currently working on a multiple-manuscript dissertation, which involves the following research projects: 1) A critical discourse analysis of adulthood in higher education journals, 2) A case study of adultism at a student affairs conference, and 3) A narrative study of age as a factor in social relationships for college students.

Vu is the current Chair-Elect for the ACPA Commission for Social Justice Educators, and identifies as 30-something, Asian American, college-educated, currently able-bodied, English-speaking, heterosexual, man, male, middle-classraised Catholic, and Vietnamese. You can follow him on Twitter at @VuderTran.