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Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | Kathleen Manning

Kathleen Manning

Kathleen Manning, Ph.D.Professor

Contact Information:
208 Mann Hall

Dr. Kathleen Manning is a professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program. She has been a member of the HESA faculty since 1989. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she worked in residence life, student union management, campus activities, orientation, and judicial affairs. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Teaching Excellence, the NASPA Pillar of the Profession, and NASPA Outstanding Contribution to Literature/Research Award. Dr. Manning is widely published including her latest book, Higher Education Organizational Theory. The second edition of One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (with Jillian Kinzie and John Schuh) is currently in press. Additional books include Where I’m From (with Susan Borrego), Research in the College Context: Approaches and Methods (2003, co-edited with Frances Stage); Rituals, Ceremonies, and Cultural Meaning in Higher Education (200

Areas of Expertise:

Higher Education; International and Global Studies; Leadership; Organizational Development; Race and Racism; Research Methods; Social Justice; Student Affairs

  • Higher Education Administration: My scholarship focuses on higher education organizations, student affairs (particularly social justice and anti-racism), anthropology and education, and qualitative research methods.


Selected Publications

  • Manning, K., Kinzie, J., and Schuh, J. (in press). One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and innovative models of student affairs practice. New York, NY: Routledge.  [abstract]
  • Manning, K. (2013). Organizational Theory in Higher Education. New York, NY: Routledge.  [abstract]
  • Manning, K. & Muñoz, F.M. (2011). Conclusion: Re-visioning the Future of Multicultural Student Services. In D. Stewart (Ed.), Building Bridges, Re-visioning Community: Multicultural Student Services on Campus. Washington, D.C.: American College Personnel Association Media.  [abstract]
  • Manning, K. & Muñoz, F.M. (in progress). Organizing Student Affairs. In S. Harper, J. Schuh, & S. Jones (Eds.), Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.  [abstract]
  • Manning, K. (May/June 2009). What's Your Analysis? Philosophical underpinnings of student affairs work regarding difference. About Campus, 14(2).

Selected Presentations

  • Manning, K. (November 2009) Diversity, Cultural Pluralism, Social Justice, Color Blind, What's Your Brand of Difference? Presented at the Vermont Women in Higher Education Conference, Lake Morey, VT.
  • NASPA National Conference presentation, How About Changing Your Student Affairs Organization? Some Ideas from the Field
  • ACPA/NASPA Join Conference, Re-organizing, Renovating, and Restoring Student Affairs Divisions: Traditional and Innovative Models for Practice

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

Cultural Pluralism in Higher Education; Higher Education Administration; Lab Experience in Higher Education; The Student Affairs Profession


  • Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University
  • M.S. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from SUNY Albany

Awards & Honors

  • Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award from Vermont Women in Higher Education: Service to higher education institutions in Vermont. (2009)
  • Hero Award from LGBTQA Services, University of Vermont: Awarded for my work on the preferred name project. (2009)
  • Outstanding Faculty Women Award from Women's Center, University of Vermont: Awarded by the Women's Center at UVM to a faculty member. (2009)
  • J. William Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2004-2009. from Council for International Exchange of Scholars, :  China Exchange, May-August 2004 (Beijing Normal University)  Hong Kong Exchange, June 2005 (Chinese University of Hong Kong) (2009)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Literature or Research from National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation: "Nominees for this award must demonstrate professional commitment to student affairs administration. Their literature and/or research will be judged by how well student affairs practitioners use it. The literature and/or research should be applicable to national use and not restricted to local or regional application." ( (2007)
  • Faculty Fellow from National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation,: The NASPA Faculty Fellows group was established in 2002 to provide consultation and contributions to NASPA in the following areas: * Direct policy input on such issues as quality assurance in student affairs, diversity, and graduate preparation; * Promote scholarship as part of the professional responsibility for all faculty and practitioners; and * Provide direction concerning NASPA research priorities and initiatives. (2007)
  • Pillar of the Profession from National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation, : "Each year at the annual NASPA Conference, the NASPA Foundation recognizes a series of distinguished individuals who have served as leaders, teachers, and scholars in student affairs and higher education. Each individual is nominated and supported for designation as a Pillar by colleagues, students, friends, or others who find him or her deserving of this honor. "( (2005)

Professional Associations

  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)