Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference Call for Proposals


Dear Colleague,

Are you interested in learning how to improve your assessment skills and exploring cutting edge research on the student experience? Join us for the 8th annual Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference (SAARC) on Friday, June 8th, 2018 at the Ohio Union. We are very excited to announce that this year’s conference keynote speaker is Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart of Colorado State University.

We are welcoming a broad range of proposals related to student affairs research and assessment, but are especially interested in proposals related to our conference theme, “Giving Voice: Designing Inclusive Assessment” as well as proposals on unique data collection methods. Inclusive assessment refers to ways in which assessment or research is conceptualized, designed, analyzed and used to tell our students’ stories in a way that represents our diverse student populations.

This conference is aimed at faculty, staff and students of all levels of experience, across a wide variety of departments. This is a reminder that we are accepting proposals until March 19, 2018 and are looking for presentations that represent diverse perspectives of student affairs.

Click here to submit your proposal.

Registration is now open for the 8th annual Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference!

For questions or more information, contact Austin Simon ( or Liz Lubinger (

May Term Study Abroad: Sustainability and Social Justice in Ecuador

Join HESA on a Sustainability and Social Justice study abroad trip in Ecuador during May term (May 7-20)!

The trip is open to graduate and undergraduate students and supported in partnership with EHE, Ed Studies, and OIA.

The application is due November 7th and additional details can be found on OIA’s program site and the attached flier.

There is a $2,650 program fee. The program fee includes your roundtrip airfare from Columbus to Ecuador, airfare within Ecuador from Quito to Cuenca, all ground transportation within Ecuador, including airport transfers, all admission to program events/activities, daily breakfast, most lunches/dinners, all accommodations, and supplemental health insurance. The fee does not cover non-program meals, personal expenses, and your passport if you do not currently possess one.

Please feel free to reach out to Marcos Rivera.252 or Dr. Marc Johnston-Guerrero.55 with any questions.

A Welcome from Dr. Anderman

Welcome back to OSU for a wonderful autumn semester! Whether you are attending OSU for your first term or you are anticipating graduating in December, we are excited that you have chosen the Department of Educational Studies to be a part of your academic journey.What makes our department so unique is the wide array of programs we offer that share the common goal of impacting education, leadership, and the communities in which we live.We welcome and embrace different cultures, ideas, perspectives, and we are proud to be an inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff.We encourage you to engage in diverse conversations that may challenge your own thoughts and ideas; the learning outcomes will be much greater than anticipated. Our faculty and staff are here to be great resources for you and to provide the guidance and support that you need to be academically successful. We want to be a place where you always feel valued and appreciated as a student, and ultimately as a scholar and professional in your field of study.

As you begin the new semester, be sure to take advantage of everything the university, the college, and the department have to offer to you. The university has a variety of resources for you to connect socially and interact with other graduate students across different disciplines. Make sure to utilize our department’s student services office for any assistance with understanding department policies, Graduate School procedures/policies, or just needing referrals to other campus resources as well. There are many ways for you as a student to get involved and truly experience what it means to be a Buckeye.

Furthermore, we are proud of the tremendous accomplishments of our students and faculty, and know that this growth will progress throughout the year. Some of these highlights are:
• Accreditation of our Counselor Education program by CACREP
• Accreditation of our School Psychology program by APA
• Approval of new Masters specialization in Biomedical Education
• New EdD specialization in Higher Education and Student Affairs
• New fully online Masters of Learning Technologies program
• Numerous partnerships with OSU’s Office of Student LifeSupport for student well-being and success through the Walter E. Dennis Learning Center, FEEP (the First Education Experience Program), the SMART Lab (for stress management and resilience training), Suicide Prevention program, and numerous other initiatives and programs.

We are looking forward to having another fantastic year of triumphs and accomplishments.




Eric M. Anderman Chair

SAARC 2017

Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference (SAARC)
Presented by The Ohio State University Office of Student Life

Making Data Meaningful: Addressing Critical Issues

Friday, June 9, 2017
Ohio Union

The 7th annual Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference is Friday, June 9, 2017. Join over 250 campus colleagues to learn how to incorporate assessment into your everyday work and improve your practice. Be part of an event that will allow you to share your assessment practices and gain valuable feedback and ideas for improvement.

Register here.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kristen Renn
Michigan State University

Dr. Renn’s research focuses on the experiences, learning and development of minoritized students in higher education. As MSU’s University Innovation Alliance Liaison, she also studies student success, with a particular focus on low-income students and racially minoritized students. She recently completed a landmark study of women’s colleges and universities worldwide. Dr. Renn is also co-PI of the National Study of LGBTQ Student Success. In tune with the conference theme, Dr. Renn will talk about Making Data Meaningful: Addressing Critical Issues. Dr. Renn will also moderate our lunch panel: This year, we are excited to welcome four outstanding higher education professionals who continue to inform the field of student affairs assessment and research with their vision and commitment to equity and social justice.

Tweet questions to the panelists throughout the program: @OSU_CSSL using #SAARC2017.

What Universities Can Be

Robert J. Sternberg
Tuesday April 25, 12:00-1:00pm
EHE College Commons (260 Ramseyer)

Robert Sternberg will discuss the main themes from his new book, including “a new model for preparing students for active concerned citizenship and ethical leadership”.

Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. He was previously President and Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Wyoming. Before that, he was Provost, Senior Vice President, Regents Professor of Psychology and Education, and George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair of Ethical Leadership at Oklahoma State University. He is also Honorary Professor of Psychology at Heidelberg University.


RA Position- Center for the Study of Student Life

The Center for the Study of Student Life anticipates hiring a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) for the 2017-2018 academic year. The GRA will report to a Research Associate. Examples of major projects for the 2017-2018 academic year include but are not limited to either implementing or analyzing data from the following studies:

  • College Prescription Drug Study– The CPDS is a multi-institutional study of prescription drug misuse among college students at up 25 institutions across the country. Tasks include recruiting institutions to participate, troubleshooting survey administrative issues with institutions via phone and email, preparing samples, completing IRB application, administering survey, cleaning and coding data, analyzing data and preparing reports.
  • Student Life Survey– Survey of Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students on involvement in co-curricular activities, experiences at Ohio State and other topics determined by relevant annual trends.
  • Wellness Assessment– Survey of Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students on the interrelationship between the nine dimensions of wellness (

The GSR will perform the following duties:

  • Coordinate and perform quantitative analysis, reporting and distribution of new and existing research projects
  • Prepare report and presentations
  • Write and implement surveys
  • Prepare Institutional Review Board applications and amendments
  • Develop manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Participate in staff meetings and retreats
  • Complete ad hoc requests as assigned


  • Enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in education, the social sciences, public health or a related field
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis, including multivariate regression, and social science research methods
  • Experience using SPSS and/or STATA
  • Management, including cleaning and coding of large datasets
  • Strong writing skills


  • Experience writing surveys and with survey software, such as Qualtrics
  • Experience writing protocols for the Institutional Review Board
  • Demonstrated experience publishing and/or presenting  research
  • Knowledge of higher education and/or student development theories

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Review of applications will bein on April 15, 2017. Please submit a cover letter, curricula vita/resume, a writing sample (preferably including an empirical analysis) and a list of three professional references.

Applications may be submitted via email to:
Dr. Anne McDaniel
Interim Executive Director
Center for the Study of Student Life

Student Achievement Recognition Awards

The College of Education and Human Ecology and the Department of Educational Studies present the Student Achievement Recognition Awards. We will be presenting the Dr. William E. Loadman dissertation prizes for the best dissertations in each program area. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday April 25, 2017
Lunch @ 11:30am (Ramseyer 136)
Program @ 12:15pm (Ramseyer 100)

Please RSVP by Wednesday April 19th at

Contact Tiffany Murray.978 with any questions.

Call for Proposals for the Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference

The Ohio State University and the Center for the Study of Student Life present the 7th Annual Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference (SAARC). This is a one day conference taking place on Friday June 9th at the Ohio Union. The theme of the conference is Making Data Meaningful: Addressing Critical Issues.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kristen Renn
Michigan State University

This conference is aimed at faculty, staff and students of all levels of experience across a wide variety of departments.

We’re looking for presentations that represent diverse perspectives of student affairs. It’s not too late to submit your proposal- we are especially interested in topics related to one or both of these categories:

  1. Assessment basics and skill-building
  2. This year’s theme: Making Data Meaningful: Addressing Critical Issues

Submit your proposal by March 31st here.

Register for the conference here.

Questions or more information: Franzi Ludemann- or Tawama Washington-