At the heart of student development theory is the question: What changes occur in students as a result of their campus environments, interactions, and experiences? Theories about moral, ethical, identity, and intellectual development help student affairs educators understand the challenges facing the students with whom they work. These theoretical frameworks also form the foundation of intentional programs, practices, and processes facilitated on campuses. The quintessential text on student development, Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice (or “the green book” as it is affectionately known among student affairs master’s students) has recently undergone a significant update. The third edition (just released last month) includes new chapters on social class, disability, and emerging identity theories, with expanded coverage of faith and gender identity. Further, a new framework provides guidance for facilitating dialogues about theory, teaching theory, and the importance of educators as consumers of theory.
Joining Student Affairs Live co-host Heather Shea Gasser on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 1p.m. ET for a conversation about the latest information on student development are Lori Patton Davis, Kristen Renn, Florence M. Guido, and Stephen John Quaye, the four authors of Student Development in College.
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Heather Shea GasserHeather 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
Dr. Lori Patton Davis
Dr. Kristin A. Renn
Dr. Kristen Renn is Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, where she also serves as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director for Student Success Initiatives. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of student learning, development, and success. She is an ACPA Contribution to Knowledge Award recipient, past member of the Governing Board, and recently completed her term as Associate Editor for International Research and Scholarship for the association’s flagship journal, the Journal of College Student Development. You can follow Kris at @KrisRenn