This program is not accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Professional Competencies, Leadership, and Scholarship
UNC’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) program offers a Master’s of Arts (M.A.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Our curriculum focuses on developing core competencies necessary for professional advancement in higher education and student affairs, including student support services, academic careers, and policy work. Students have opportunities to work directly with award-winning, research faculty who all have higher education or student affairs administrative backgrounds. The HESAL faculty are dedicated to offering a program that values a practitioner-scholar model, mentoring and advising, and coursework that reflect theory, research, and practice. The HESAL program maintains a commitment to equity and social justice through the inclusion of multiple perspectives and pedagogies.
Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Yakaboski for being recognized as Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year and Patrick Bussiere for being recognized as a Graduate Student Rising Star within NASPA Region IV-West!
Congratulations to Dr. Lainey Brottem for defending her dissertation, “Liminal Space In Higher Education: Lived Experiences In The Space Between At-Risk Academics And Big-Time Athletics In Division I Power Five.” Committee members included Eugene Sheehan, Tobias Guzman, Jeri Kraver, and Matt Birnbaum (chair).
Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Christeson for a successful defense of her dissertation "The Relationship Between State College Readiness Policy and Student Outcomes: A Multilevel Growth Model." Committee members included Matthew Birnbaum, Ph.D., Amy Li, Ph.D., Thomas Morgan, Ph.D., and Eugene Sheehan, Ph.D.
Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Woulfe for passing her dissertation defense, "Persuasive Narrative: Examining Policy Actor Influences on Accreditation Reform Legislation." Great job! Committee members: Dr. Birnbaum, Dr. Li, Dr. Sileo, and Dr. Cohen
Congratulations to Andrea DeCosmo for successfully defending her dissertation on University President Discourse After an On-Campus Crisis. Commitee members include Matt Birnbaum, Gardiner Tucker, Travis Boyce, and Nancy Sileo
50 Years of HESAL
UNC’s HESAL program celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015, welcoming back graduates and former faculty members of the program. Originally named College Student Personnel Work (CSPW), and later College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA), the program became HESAL in 2001.