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.

 Zak Foste, PhD

 Zak Foste is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS).  His primary research interests are college men’s identity development, whiteness in higher education, and service-learning programs.  Zak received his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, his M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University, and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Western Illinois University.

Lini Zhang, PhD

Lini Zhang earned her Ph.D. in Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics from the University of Georgia in May 2017 and joined the College Impact Laboratory (CoIL) in early August at The Ohio State University as a post-doctoral researcher. Her research focuses mainly on three aspects: consumers’ luxury goods purchasing behavior, consumers’ financial literacy and financial well-being, and consumers’ financial help-seeking behavior.  In addition to doing financial literacy research at OSU, Lini also serves as a Financial Wellness Counselor at Denison University working on promoting students’ financial well-being through one-on-one meetings.

Laura Dahl

linkedinLaura Dahl is a third-year PhD student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University and works as the Graduate Research Associate with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Study (IDEALS).  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.

Antonio Duran

Antonio Duran is a second year PhD student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University and works as a Recruitment Associate with the Assessment of Collegiate Residential and Environments Outcomes (ACREO).  Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Antonio acquired his undergraduate degree at New York University and completed his master’s work at Miami University in Ohio. Antonio is particularly passionate about residential environments, having worked in residence life prior to coming to OSU. In addition, Antonio’s research interests include understanding the experiences of queer collegians of color and of educators who engage in critical pedagogical strategies.


Zach Hooten

Zach Hooten is a first-year PhD student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University and works as the Research Director for the Assessment of Collegiate Residential Environments and Outcomes (ACREO).  He is a three-time graduate of the University of Dayton, receiving his BA in Philosophy and Theology, MA in Theological Studies, and most recently MS Ed in College Student Personnel.  Zach has worked in Housing and Residence Life at the University of Dayton as an Area Coordinator and Butler University as Coordinator of Programming and Operations.  His research interests include learning design, graduate student leadership and development, and the residential experience.

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.

Stephen Dahl

Stephen Dahl is a first-year Masters student in the Sport Management program at The Ohio State University and serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the College Impact Laboratory (CoIL).  He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Political Science from the University of Dayton. His study interests include collegiate athletics as well as collegiate recreation and how they relate to a university landscape overall.

Jenn Sheridan

Jenn Sheridan is the Coordinator for the College Impact Laboratory.  Jenn graduated from the University of New Mexico and completed her Masters degree in College Student Personnel (now SAHE) from Miami University.  Jenn has worked for a TRIO program–Educational Talent Search–at Northern Kentucky University.  Following that, she worked at New York University in the Office of Residential Life & Housing Services.  Jenn enjoys contributing to the work of a dynamic research team.