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Description - Student Engagement in Higher Education by Shaun R. Harper

Student Engagement in Higher Education is an important volume that fills a longstanding void in the higher education and student affairs literature. The editors and authors make clear that diverse populations of students experience college differently and encounter group-specific barriers to success. Informed by relevant theories, each chapter focuses on a different population for whom research confirms that engagement and connectivity to the college experience are problematic, including: low-income students, racial/ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, LGBT students, and several others. The forward-thinking practical ideas offered throughout the book are based on the 41 contributors' more than 540 cumulative years of full-time work experience in various capacities at two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. Faculty and administrators will undoubtedly find this book complete with fresh strategies to reverse problematic engagement trends among various college student populations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415988513
ISBN-10: 0415988519
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 360
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Shaun R. Harper

Shaun R. Harper is an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He maintains an active research agenda that examines race and gender in higher education; African American male college achievement; racial/ethnic minority student retention; the effects of college environments on student behaviors and outcomes; student affairs at historically Black colleges and universities; and gains associated with educationally purposeful student engagement, both inside and outside of the classroom. His dissertation study on high-achieving African American men at predominantly White universities received the 2004 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award. In addition, Dr. Harper is recipient of the 2005 Emerging Scholar Award and the 2006 Annuit Coeptis Award for early career achievement, both given by the American College Personnel Association. He has presented over 100 research papers, symposia, and workshops at national higher education and student affairs professional conferences since 2000. He is the editor of three forthcoming books and author of 34 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other scholarly publications. Additionally, Dr. Harper currently serves as Director of Research on the NASPA International Board of Directors; an editorial board member for the Journal of College Student Development and NASPA Journal; and a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. Stephen John Quaye will soon begin a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the College Student Personnel Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently serves as a Research Assistant in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University. His research concentrates on the influence of race relations on college and university campuses, specifically the gains and outcomes associated with inclusive racial climates, cross-racial interactions, and color-conscious pedagogical approaches. Over the past three years, he has presented 17 sessions at national higher education and student affairs conferences. Stephen is lead editor (with Peter Magolda) of the forthcoming book, Educational Awakenings: Meaningful Rites of Passage of Graduate Students, and author of nearly a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other scholarly publications. He currently serves as a Department Editor for About Campus, Associate Editor of Higher Education in Review (a national student-run, peer-reviewed journal at Penn State), and an editorial board member for the Journal of the Professoriate.

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