Transformative learning disrupts a learner’s worldview. It involves the development of knowledge, skills, and emotions. What experiential pedagogies best facilitate this kind of transformative student learning? What pedagogies can best work to support learning around social justice and how can student affairs educators apply these directly in our interactions with students and indirectly in the design and implementation of our initiatives?

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, guest host Keith Edwards speaks with Jane Fried, Ruth Harper, and Vijay Kanagala about pedagogy for transformative student learning. These scholars will discuss learning, pedagogy, and applications for student affairs educators.

This free episode will air live on Wednesday, June 13 at 1 p.m. ET. To watch the archived video, just return to this page at any point after the episode airs.

If you have questions for our panelists, in advance of the episode please email or tweet @KeithEPhD with your question and Keith will incorporate it into the dialogue. We will also take questions during the episode via the Twitter backchannel at #higheredlive.


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.


Jane Fried

Jane Fried is Professor Emerita at Central Connecticut State University and Principal in her own consulting work, Learning with Mind and Heart. She has always believed that the major role of student affairs is to help students learn how to create meaningful lives through all the services and activities that the profession offers. Student affairs teaches students to create their own sense of self, plan for their futures, create positive interpersonal relationships and make meaning in their lives. Learning Everywhere on Campus transcends the in/out of classroom dichotomy and focuses on student learning. The pedagogies in this book focus on the design of experiential education and the contexts in which students learn significant life lessons. Jane has been coordinator of staff training and educational programs at the University of Connecticut, Director of Housing and Residence Education at the University of Hartford and director of two master’s degree programs in student development in higher education, one at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and the other at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. She is also the author of Of Education, Fishbowls and Rabbit Holes: Rethinking Teaching and Liberal Education for an Interconnected World (Stylus, 2016) and Transformative Learning Through Engagement (Stylus, 2012) and a major contributor to Learning Reconsidered, 1 and 2 (2004; 2006).


Ruth Harper

Ruth Harper is Professor Emerita at South Dakota State University, where she coordinated the student affairs administration and college counseling master’s degree programs for 24 years. She is committed to inclusion and involvement and takes particular interest in American Indian college student success and the unique role of tribal colleges. She advised her campus Genders & Sexualities Alliance for several years and currently serves on the board of the new local chapter of PFLAG. Ruth is co-author of three books: Learning Everywhere on Campus: Teaching Strategies for Student Affairs Professionals (Routledge, 2018) with Jane Fried; More Than Listening: A Casebook for Using Counseling Skills in Student Affairs Work (NASPA, 2010) with Nona Wilson; and Assisting Students with Disabilities (Corwin/ASCA, 2007) with Julie Baumberger. Before coming to SDSU, Ruth worked as an administrator at Nebraska Wesleyan University and as a counselor at the University of Nebraska. Her degrees are from Cornell College (IA), the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Kansas State University.


Vijay Kanagala

Vijay Kanagala, PhD, is an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs administration at the University of Vermont. A former student affairs practitioner with extensive experience in multicultural student affairs, Kanagala focuses his research on three interconnected topics: the college access, success, and completion of low-income, first-generation college students; intersectionality of education, immigration, and social identities such as race, class, gender, and religion; and contemplative pedagogy, education, healing, and empowerment.