Thomas C. Hunt Building a Research Community Day


Higher Education and Student Affairs Faculty as Academic Planners: Perspectives on Course Planning and Facilitation

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Counselor Education and Human Services


Recommendations from existing literature on higher education and student affairs (HESA) graduate training routinely implicate graduate preparation faculty members as responsible for improving new practitioners’ professional development and transition to full-time work. However, scant empirical research explores how HESA faculty members engage in curriculum development and pedagogical processes related to the courses they teach. Emergent results for this session are from a larger, in-progress qualitative study of HESA faculty members as academic planners. Using semi-structured interviews with 44 HESA faculty members from the United States and Canada, I report on how HESA faculty members make decisions about objectives, content sequencing and materials, and instructional strategies in Master's-level courses.


higher education and student affairs; teaching and learning; graduate preparation


Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


Presentation: 11 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2022

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