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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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. Lori Patton Davis

Dr. Lori Patton Davis is a higher education scholar whose research agenda focuses on African Americans in higher education, race and racism, college student access and success, and the influence of campus environments on student experiences. She currently serves as Associate Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program at Indiana University. Dr. Patton Davis is perhaps the most well-known researcher and scholar in the area of culture centers and is editor of the book, Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education, which highlights various types of racial/ethnic specific culture centers in higher education, their continued relevance, and implications for their existence in relation to student retention and success. She is also co-author of Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice (2nd Ed)(Jossey-Bass) and co-editor of the forthcoming book, “Critical Perspectives on Black Women and College Success” (Routledge). Connect with Dr. Patton Davis on Twitter at @LoriPattonDavis

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


Florence M. Guido, PhD

Florence M. Guido, PhD is Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado. She loves a good joke and a good story. Her constructivist research interests focus on women in higher education, college students’ ethnic identity, and organizational leadership. Flo developed the idea for the first edition of Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice, for which she is co-author. She is also co-author of Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2nd edition.  Her photographs grace the covers of the 2nd and 3rdeditions of Student Development in College. You can follow Flo on twitter @gowithflo.

Dr. Stephen John Quaye

Dr. Stephen John Quaye is a parent of a remarkable, inquisitive, kind four-year-old named Sebastian. Stephen is also a believer in the power of personal storytelling and strongly believes that hearing and sharing our stories with others can foster connections and learning across differences. He values the power of dialogue as a vehicle to promote change in society. He also loves bow ties, baking (he makes a pretty mean scone and key lime pie), reading, and writing poetry. Finally, he is a faculty member in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Miami University, where he works with graduate students to help them find their passions and voices. His Ph.D. is from Penn State University, his master’s degree is from Miami University, and his bachelor’s degree is from James Madison University. You can follow Stephen at @esjayque.