On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Tony Doody talks with Dallin George Young (Assistant Director for Research, Grants, and Assessment at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition) and Mark Allen Poisel (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock) to explore the latest research and good practices related to capstone and culminating experiences. You’ll learn how to support students with inside and outside classroom experiences that bring together and showcase proficiencies linked to post-graduate success.

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


Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Dallin George Young

Dallin George Young is the assistant director for research, grants, and assessment at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina. He is responsible for the original research agenda of the National Resource Center and has overseen national and international administrations of Center surveys including the National Survey of First-Year Seminars, National Survey of Sophomore-Year Initiatives, National Survey of Senior Capstone Experiences, and the National and International Surveys of Peer Leaders. His research agenda focuses on outcomes of postsecondary education, the impact of professional standards in higher education, and assessment. His work in these areas has led to authorship of research reports, book chapters, and research articles as well as a number of presentations to the higher education community. He has also consulted with several campuses on topics related to developing and improving high-impact practices in the first college year.

Before joining the National Resource Center, Dallin worked in doctoral internships in the Office of the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College and in the Department of Student Affairs Assessment at the University of Georgia. Prior to this, he held professional positions in student housing at Dixie State College of Utah, University of South Carolina, and California College of the Arts. Dallin holds a BA in liberal arts and sciences from Utah State University, a MAEd from Virginia Tech, and a PhD from the University of Georgia.


Mark Allen Poisel

Mark Allen Poisel began his role as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in August 2017.  Dr. Poisel is the Chief Student Affairs and Enrollment Services Officer at the university. He provides leadership, management, and supervision of enrollment areas, outreach and TRIO grants, student services and programs, and traditional student affairs function. Dr. Poisel’s prior work experience include leadership positions in academic and student affairs at Augusta University, Pace University, University of Central Florida, the Florida Department of Education, The Florida State University, and Indiana State University.

Dr. Poisel has centered his career on student success initiatives. He has served as a keynote speaker at 16 conferences and symposia, conducted over 60 presentations and workshops, and served as a consultant to other institutions of higher education on the topics of student success and strategic planning.  He has published several articles and co-edited two books on transfer student success. He currently serves on the advisory board for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students and is a past board member of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Finally, his teaching experience includes courses on individual and team leadership.