Presenter Bios

Sue Rankin HeadshotSusan Rankin, Ph.D. is the Principal Investigator for Rankin & Associates.  She retired from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013 where she most recently served as an Associate Professor of Education and Senior Associate Research in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and served as Head Coach for Women’s Softball at Penn State from 1979-1996. Dr. Rankin has presented and published widely on the intersections of identities and the impact of sexism, genderism, racism and heterosexism in the academy and in intercollegiate athletics. Her most recent publications include the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People, The Lives of Transgender People, the 2011 NCAA Student-Athlete Climate Study, and the 2016 United States Transgender Survey. Dr. Rankin has collaborated with over 170 institutions/organizations in implementing climate assessments and developing strategic initiatives. She is the recipient of the ACPA 2008 Voice of Inclusion Medallion and 2015 Diamond Honoree recognizing her outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and student affairs.  Education: Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University (Higher Education Administration), M.S. Pennsylvania State University (Exercise Physiology), B.S. Montclair St. Teacher’s College (Health & Physical Education)



Allison BrckaLorenz, Ph.D. is the Project Manager for the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement and a research analyst for the National Survey of Student Engagement. In her work at the Center for Postsecondary Research, she helps people use data to make improvements on their campuses, uses data to highlight the experiences of traditionally marginalized subpopulations, and provides professional development opportunities and mentoring to graduate students. Her research interests focus on the teaching and learning of college students and the accompanying issues faced by faculty, and the experiences of small and understudied populations with an emphasis on the engagement of queer and gender variant students. Education: Ph.D. University of Iowa (Higher Education), M.S. University of Iowa (Math Education), B.S. University of Northern Iowa (Mathematics)


Ellen Bara Stolzenberg HeadshotEllen Stolzenberg, Ph.D. is Assistant Director for Research at the Higher Education Research Institute in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Dr. Stolzenberg’s research interests include students in transition, doctoral education, disciplinary and department culture, student well-being, faculty-student advising relationships, and study abroad. Education: Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles (Higher Education and Organizational Change), M.A. University of California-Los Angeles (Counseling and Student Affairs in Higher Education), B.A. Tulane University (Spanish, Linguistics)



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Ronald L. Huesman, Jr. Ph.D. is the Managing Director of the Student Experience in the Research University-Association of American Universities Consortium (SERU-AAU).  SERU-AAU is an academic and policy research partnership between the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California – Berkeley and the University of Minnesota.  The SERU-AAU consortium is a group of leading research extensive universities in the United States made up of researchers and scholars who collaborate to generate institutional, comparative, and longitudinal data on the student experience in the research university. In his role as the SERU-AAU Managing Director Ron has broad responsibilities for overall project and budget management of the consortium, leads SERU-AAU survey content and design, develops psychometric research and reports, and supports and maintains SERU-AAU policies and procedures. Ron is currently the Director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Minnesota. In that capacity he works collaboratively with many diverse units (e.g. Student and Academic Affairs) to design research studies, collect data, provide analysis, and report results to inform assessment efforts, policy development, and decision-making.  He also works closely with other institutions to develop comparable data for benchmarking purposes. His area of focus encourages the use of data and analysis to assist units in making informed decisions that support the University’s strategic mission of providing an exceptional student experience. Education: Ph.D. University of Iowa (Educational Assessment, Testing and Measurement), B.A. Concordia College (Psychology)


Mary Hoban HeadshotMary T. Hoban, Ph.D., CHES  is the Chief Research Officer for the American College Health Association (ACHA) and Director of the ACHA National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) Program Office.  She was recruited by the ACHA to manage a 10 year, $2.5 million CDC-funded HIV prevention project at the American College Health Association.  Dr. Hoban  and her team at ACHA has primary responsibility for managing data collection for the ACHA-NCHA, typically surveying more than 100,000 college students across the country every year.  ACHA also offers campuses a Patient Satisfaction Assessment Service and is launching the ACHA National Faculty and Staff Health Assessment this year.  Dr. Hoban’s unit also conducts surveys of ACHA members and other college health professionals about college health service provision and utilization across a wide range of topics.  ACHA is embarking on a new Data Warehouse project with the aim of connecting numerous internal and external data points across institutions. Previous to this position, Dr. Hoban worked at the University Health Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Education: Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park (Public and Community Health), M.A. University of Maryland, College Park (Public Health Education and Promotion), B.A. University of Maryland, College Park (Human Development and Family Studies)


Jason Garvey HeadshotJason C. Garvey, Ph.D.  is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences at the University of Vermont. His research examines student affairs and college classroom contexts with focus on assessing and quantifying student experiences across social identities, with particular attention to people with marginalized sexual and gender identities. His recent publications appear in the Journal of College Student Development, The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Dr. Garvey has taught graduate courses in student development theory I and II, student affairs administration, college students and environments, counseling and helping skills, assessment and evaluation, and research methods, among others. Prior to his faculty appointment, Dr. Garvey worked in student services across a variety of functional areas, including academic advising, LGBTQ student involvement and advocacy, undergraduate research, and student affairs assessment. He is a 2016 recipient of the Association-Wide Coalition Advocate Award, and is a 2017 Emerging Scholar, both with ACPA: College Student Educators International.  Education: Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park (College Student Personnel Administration & Certification in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation), M.A. Ohio State University (School Psychology & Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Sexuality Studies), B.A. University of Delaware (Educational Studies)


Mobley Jr. HeadshotSteve D. Mobley, Jr., Ph.D.  is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies at the University of Alabama.  Dr. Mobley, Jr.’s research highlights the understudied facets of historically Black college (HBCU) communities and underscores topics surrounding race, social class, and student sexuality. He also explores how low-income and first generation students access and persist within higher education environments and how African American collegians experience post-secondary contexts.His scholarly work has also garnered national attention as he is the recipient of three national dissertation awards.  His dissertation, Difference Amongst Your Own: The Lived Experiences of Low-Income African-American Students and Their Encounters with Class within Elite Historically Black College (HBCU) Environments has received recognition from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) respectively. Dr. Mobley, Jr. is a proud native of Washington, DC and has dedicated his life to enhancing the post-secondary educational experiences of underrepresented students. He also has extensive experience in the field of higher-education.  Prior to his time in the academy he served his home community as a college counselor and spearheaded numerous higher education initiatives in conjunction with several non-profits geared towards increasing college access for DC students.  He also has held appointments in academic affairs at Georgetown University and at the University of Maryland, where he taught courses in The College of Education, Undergraduate Studies, and the Academic Achievement Programs (A TRiO Initiative). He also places importance on being an active and engaged member of his professional community.  His association work has yielded him the opportunity to be an active and engaged member of the ASHE, AERA, and NASPA communities. Education: Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park (Educational Policy & Leadership), M.S.Ed. University of Pennsylvania (Higher Education Management), B.A. Howard University (Communication and Culture)


Erich Pitcher HeadshotErich N.Pitcher, Ph.D. serves as the Associate Director of Research and Communication with Diversity & Cultural Engagement at Oregon State University. In this Erich leads various research, assessment, and communication efforts to support the unit’s mission. Erich’s scholarship uses critical organizational perspectives to understand equity, diversity, and inclusion within higher education. Well-versed in LGBTQ+ issues and processes of racialization, they use critical perspectives to engage in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods inquiries to advance social justice. He serves on the Editorial Board of the American Education Research JournalNASPA Journal of Women in Higher Education and the Journal of Critical Studies in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Dr. Pitcher’s work can be found in Qualitative Studies in Education, Educational Studies and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Erich’s forthcoming book with Peter Lang, focuses on the lived experiences 39 trans* academics. Having worked at three different institutions in areas such as service learning, student success, LGBTQ+ student services, and diversity and inclusion, Erich brings a wealth of experience to this current role. Erich has a passion for working with students and theorizing everything, perhaps to a fault. On a more personal note, they are a devout foodie, novice gardener, home improvement specialist, and partner and pet-parent. Education: Ph.D. Michigan State University, East Lansing (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education), M.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis), B.A. Antioch College (Social Sciences, Gender and Sexuality Studies)


Joshua Wolff HeadshotJoshua Wolff, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, IL. I currently serve as the Chair of the Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues (Div. 44)/American Psychological Association (APA) Subcommittee on Accreditation, and co-chair of the Div. 44 Task Force on Religion. I have authored several research studies on campus climates for sexual and gender minority (SGM) students who attend non-affirming faith-based colleges which have disciplinary policies toward SGM expressions and identities. I have prioritized using my work (and that of others) to influence public policy for the welfare of SGM students in faith-based higher education, and have spoken to Congressional offices and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, on this topic. I have also written on this topic for Inside Higher Ed, Christian Higher Education, and the APA Psychology Benefits Society blog. Further, I was a contributor to the U.S. government’s (SAMHSA/HHS) report, “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth”, which discussed ways in which religious beliefs may impact health outcomes and treatment for SGM youth. My current research is directed at developing evidence-based public health strategies to reduce suicide rates and health risk behaviors for SGM people in non-affirming religious environments by building partnerships with clergy and faith leaders. Education: Ph.D. Biola University (Clinical Psychology), M.A. Biola University (Clinical Psychology), B.S. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Psychology)


Chris Woods headshotChris Woods, M.A. is the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs and LGBTQ Outreach at Columbia University.  He previously served as the Program Administrator of the NYU LGBTQ Student Center.  In addition to his professional roles, Chris has contributed to the field of LGBTQ student services in higher education by serving on the board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals as the Recorder (2016-2018) and previously as the Racial Justice Chair (2014-2016).  Chris has dedicated much of his academic and professional experiences to addressing the intersections of faith and sexuality on the college campus.  He has presented nationally at conferences and colleges/universities on topics centering queer and trans people of color, racial justice and intersectionality, bi/multiracial identities, and the intersections of faith, race, and sexuality.  Additional research interests include exploring the experiences of queer and trans survivors of sexual violence, specifically how they make meaning of their experiences and navigate campus/state resources. Education: M.A. Ohio State University (Higher Education and Student Affairs), B.A. New York University (English and Religious Studies)