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Matthew J. Mayhew, PhD

Matthew J. Mayhew is the William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration with a focus on Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. He received his BA from Wheaton College, Illinois; his master’s degree from Brandeis University; and his PhD from the University of Michigan. Before coming to OSU, he served as an associate professor at New York University and an administrator at Fisher College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

He has focused his research on examining the relationship between college and its influence on student learning and democratic outcomes. To support the study of college and its impact on student development and learning, he has been awarded over $14 million dollars in funding from sources including the United States Department of Education; the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; the Merrifield Family Trust; and an anonymous non-religiously affiliated organization with interests in social cooperation. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development. He recently received the American Educational Research Association Religion and Education SIG Emerging Scholar Award.

Becky Crandall, PhD

Crandall PictureBecky recently earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with a specialization in Higher Education from North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on intercollegiate athletics, with particular attention directed toward student-athlete spirituality, development, and well-being. She also explores topics related to religion and spirituality in higher education, campus religious and worldview diversity, identity, and LGBTQ issues in higher education. Her professional background includes service as the Director of Student Involvement at Houston Baptist University and time spent as a Baptist campus minister/chaplain at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of Miami.

Laura Dahl

linkedinLaura Dahl is a second-year PhD student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University and works as the research director for the Study of Integrated Living Learning Programs (SILLP).  She received an MEd in College Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia and a BS in Applied Mathematics from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to OSU she worked at Rutgers University’s Douglass Residential College as Director of Research Programs and Advising for Undergraduate Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Her research interests include living learning programs, student intellectual and cognitive development, and the experiences of students in the STEM fields.

Ashley Staples

Ashley02Ashley Staples joined CoIL in 2015 and works primarily with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Study (IDEALS) and the organization’s social media presence. Her research focuses on the process of academic resilience and how institutions can innovate their practices to help more students complete their degrees. She received two BS degrees from the University of Maryland – College Park in Logistics and International Business,  and an MS in Higher Education from North Carolina State University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education from The Ohio State University.

Kai Zhao

Kai ZhaoKai Zhao is currently a PhD student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at OSU, holding a MA in Higher Education from Beijing Normal University and a BA in Material Science from University of Science and Technology Beijing. His research interests include the impact of college on student, education equity and international education.