How can student affairs professionals bring critical perspectives to student development theory to better inform their student affairs practice?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Keith Edwards speaks with Elisa Abes, Susan R. Jones, and D-L Stewart, editors of the new book Rethinking Student Development Theory Using Critical Frameworks. This episode will explore “third wave” theoretical perspectives, use those theories to critically examine common student development constructs, and examine implications for student affairs practice.

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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.


Elisa Abes

Elisa S. Abes is an Associate Professor at Miami University in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program in the Department of Educational Leadership. Over her 15-year faculty career, her research and teaching have focused primarily on student development theory, in particular critical approaches to identity development. Along with peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Elisa is the co-editor (with Drs. Susan R. Jones and D-L Stewart) of Critical Approaches to College Student Development Theory (Stylus, 2019); editor of Critical Perspectives on Student Development Theory (Jossey Bass, 2016); and co-author (with Dr. Susan R. Jones) of Identity Development of College Students: Advancing Frameworks for Multiple Dimensions of Identity (Jossey Bass, 2013). Elisa is currently researching disability identity among college students, including college students with physical and intellectual disabilities. In doing so, she interrogates intersectional ableism and explores student affairs practice rooted in disability justice. Elisa has earned multiple university and professional association awards for her teaching, research, and service.


Susan R. Jones

Dr. Susan Robb Jones is professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program in the Educational Studies department and an affiliate faculty member in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include psychosocial perspectives on identity, intersectionality and multiple social identities, service-learning, and qualitative research methodologies. She has published over 25 journal articles, 28 book chapters, and 6 books. She is the co-editor (with Drs. Elisa Abes and D-L Stewart) of the book titled Rethinking College Student Development Theory Using Critical Frameworks (Stylus, 2019); co-author (with Dr. Elisa S. Abes) of the book titled Identity Development of College Students (Jossey-Bass, 2013); and co-author (with Drs. Vasti Torres and Jan Arminio) of the book Negotiating the Complexities of Qualitative Research: Fundamental Elements and Issues (Routledge, 2006; 2nd edition, 2014. Jones is one of the co-editors of the New Directions Student Services sourcebook (20XX-2019) and one of the co-editors (Schuh, Jones, & Harper) of the 5th edition of Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession (Jossey-Bass, 2011; and the 6th edition (Schuh, Jones & Torres, 2017), arguably the leading text book for graduate programs in higher education and student affairs. She has presented on her work at such conferences at ACPA, NASPA, ASHE, and NCORE.


D-L Stewart

Dr. D-L Stewart is a professor in the School of Education, Co-Coordinator of Student Affairs in Higher Education, Co-Director of Campus Initiatives for the Race and Intersectional Studies for Educational Equity (RISE) Center, and affiliated faculty in the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Colorado State University. Over the course of his faculty career, he has focused most intently on the history and philosophy of higher education; and, institutional systems and structures that affect the postsecondary experiences, growth and development, as well as success of racially minoritized and queer and trans* students. Dr. Stewart examines these topics through intersectional, critical, and poststructural frameworks that incorporate ableism, religious hegemony, and classism alongside racism, patriarchy, and queer- and trans-antagonism. In addition to over 50 journal publications and book chapters, D-L is an author or editor of four books, most recently, Black Collegians’ Experiences in U.S. Northern Private Colleges: A Narrative History, 1945-1965 (Palgrave, 2017) and co-editor with Elisa Abes and Susan R. Jones of a forthcoming text, Rethinking College Student Development Theory Using Critical Frameworks (Stylus, 2019).