Higher Education Student Affairs
HESA Program FacultyCore HESA faculty: | Deborah E. Hunter | Kathleen Manning | Jill Tarule |
Additional HESA faculty and instructors: | Sean Hurley | Lucy Singer | Sherwood Smith |
Tribute to former HESA faculty member Jackie Gribbons.
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Leadership and
Dr. Hunter joined the UVM HESA faculty in
1985 after serving as a student affairs administrator at the
University of Louisville and the University of Indianapolis. She
served as the Coordinator of the HESA program from 1987-1997 and
after an appointment as Associate Dean of UVM’s College of Education
and Social Services, she again assumed the role as HESA Program
Coordinator from 2002 until 2010. In addition to her
involvement with the HESA Program, she is currently Chair of the
Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences, one of three
departments within UVM’s College of Education and Social
Services. She teaches The (Un) Changing Academy and
Controversies of the Academy, as well as a course, Leadership and
the Creative Imagination, in the Educational Leadership and Policy
Studies doctoral program.
The University of Vermont honored Professor Hunter with the 1998 Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching Award and the Jackie M. Gribbons Award for Extraordinary Service to the College of Education and Social Services in 2007. In addition, Dr. Hunter has been honored with various professional awards including: The Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award from ACPA: College Student Educators International; a Distinguished Accomplishment Citation from the NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education ; and the Dorothy Truax Award and the Ruth Strang Research Award from the National Association for Women in Education. Dr. Hunter has held leadership positions from each of these professional associations: Chair of ACPA's Commission on Professional Preparation; NASPA's Advisory Board and National Conference Committee; Chair of the 1997 NAWE National Conference, and Chair of NAWE'S Division on Teaching and Research.
Professor Hunter's most recent research explores the careers of women faculty and how they have crafted fulfilling personal and professional lives. Her scholarship has been published in the Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Counseling and Development, Review of Higher Education, and NASPA Journal (now called the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice). She co-authored NASPA monograph on student affairs research. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hunter has juggled responsibilities as Associate Dean of the College of Education and Social Services, President of the Faculty of the College of Education and Social Services, and two terms as Co-Chair of the President's Commission on the Status of Women. Her Ph.D. with a double major in Higher Education and Educational Inquiry Methodology and her master's degree in Student Affairs were earned at Indiana University, which honored her with the Elizabeth Greenleaf Distinguished Alumnus/a Award.
After growing up in the New York City suburbs, I never anticipated living on a dirt road in a farmhouse that was built in 1810 with my husband and twin 18 year old sons, complete with a big red barn and sheep, a peacock, 2 huge dogs, 4 cats and 60 trout named “Fred”! No wonder I am so happy when I am on campus: I am not surrounded by strange animal noises, mud, and mess! I love to welcome my UVM colleagues to my home to enjoy Vermont’s beautiful countryside.
Professor and HESA Program Coordinator
Dr. Manning has experienced student affairs from the perspectives of an administrator and a faculty member. Prior to 1989, she worked in residence life, student union management, campus activities, orientation, and judicial affairs. Since 1989 she has served as a professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program. From 1999 to 2003 and 2010 to present, she served as the HESA Program Coordinator. Dr. Manning has taught and consulted internationally through Fulbright Awards at Beijing Normal University in China and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has sailed on three voyages of Semester at Sea including as the coordinator of the Student Affairs at Sea Program in the summers of 2010 and 2011.
Dr. Manning's research and writing interests include organizational theory, social justice, models of student affairs practice, qualitative and research methodology. She published Organizational Theory in Higher Education (2013), Where I Am From: Student Affairs Practice from the Whole of Students’ Lives (2007, with Susan Borrego), One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (recently published as a second edition, with Jillian Kinzie and John Schuh), Research in the College Context: Approaches and Methods (2003, co-edited with Frances Stage); Rituals, Ceremonies, and Cultural Meaning in Higher Education (2000); Enhancing the Multicultural Campus Environment: A Cultural Brokering Approach (1992, with Frances Stage); and Giving Voice to Critical Campus Issues (1999). With HESA alumnus F.M. Munoz, Dr. Manning is also a chapter author in Harper, Schuh, and Jones's Student Services: A handbook for the profession (2010) and Stewart's Building bridges, re-visioning community: Multicultural student services on campus (2010). She has chapters published in How Accreditation Influences Assessment (edited by Ratcliffe, Lubinescu, & Gaffney), Diverse Methods for Research and Assessment of College Student (1992) (edited by Frances Stage), Cultural Perspectives in Student Affairs Work (1993) (edited by George Kuh), and Spirituality and Campus Life (2002) (edited by Margaret Jablonski). She has published in the About Campus, the NASPA Journal
(now the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice), Journal of College Student Development, and Review of Higher Education. Recent research projects include a study of white social justice allies with Garrett Naiman of University of California at Berkeley and Project DEEP with George Kuh of Indiana University and a team of national recognized researchers.
Dr. Manning's national and local awards include the Robert H. Shaffer Award from Indiana University, NASPA's Outstanding Contribution to the Literature or Research (2007), NASPA's Pillar of the Profession, Fulbright Fellow (2003), Fulbright Senior Specialist (2004-2009), NASPA's Faculty Fellow (2007-2010), ACPA's Annuit Coeptis Senior Scholar (1997), and Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Excellence in Teaching (1992).
Prior to her work in Vermont, Dr. Manning served as the Assistant Dean of Students at Emerson College/MA, Executive Assistant to Student Life at Trenton State College/NJ, Director of Student Activities at Curry College/MA, and a Residence Director at SUNY Albany/NY, Syracuse University, and Mount Holyoke College.
Dr. Manning has a doctorate in Higher Education and Student Affairs with a minor in anthropology from Indiana University and a masters degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from the State University of New York at Albany. During the 1994-95 academic year, she served in an administrative assignment as the Chair of the Commission on Racial Equality and Multicultural Education. She served as the Executive Editor of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice from 2009 - 2012 and Program Chair for the 2002 NASPA National Conference in Boston.
Dr. Manning teaches the classes Higher Education Administration, The Student Affairs Profession, Practicum, and Anthropology of Education and Social Services. She has also taught classes in International Higher Education, Cultural Pluralism, Leadership, and Race, Class, and Gender.
As an avid sailor and skier, I truly enjoy living in Vermont. I can never decide which I prefer, the Vermont summers or winters (yes, I love the snow and the cold). I don’t consider myself a great outdoors-person, but I get re-charged by walking along the lake, sailing on Lake Champlain, or just being outside. With my partner, Keith, I live in this terrific condo near the lake and the bike path.
Dr. Jill Tarule brings her expertise as a professor in human development and leadership to the HESA program. Her emphases as a faculty member are on leadership, organizational development, and qualitative research. Dr. Tarule’s is a coauthor of Women's Ways of Knowing, The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind, a book that has recognized by the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the Association of Women in Psychology. She also co-edited Knowledge, Difference and Power: Essays Inspired by Women’s Ways of Knowing in 1996.
Dr. Jill Tarule joined the HESA faculty after service as an administrator in a variety of positions. She came to the University of Vermont as the Dean of Education and Social Services in 1992, after serving as a faculty member and administrator in Vermont and elsewhere. Under her leadership, the College for Education and Social Services developed innovative programs for professionals statewide, saw significant growth in graduate education, created new professional development schools, and played a major role in education and social services policy. After 13 years as the Dean of CESS, in 2005 Dr. Tarule became an Associate Provost at UVM, a position she held for four years. Before coming to UVM, she was a Dean and Special Assistant to the President at Lesley College (now Lesley University), and a Dean of Graduate Studies at Goddard College. She is also a former chair of the board of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and of the New Dean's Institute of that organization. Dr. Tarule currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Goddard College.
Tarule is a champion for collaborative learning and social justice as well as a human-strengths perspective in the professional education of leaders and educators. Committed to the land-grant mission, she and the CESS faculty worked with the Vermont State Department of Education, Vermont State Colleges, and Agency of Human Services in a vast array of projects and research focused on serving the children, adults, families and communities of Vermont.
Her early research and scholarship focused on adult learners. Among her publications in the 1980’s, she coauthored (with Rita Weathersby) Adult Learners: Implications for Higher Education, an ERIC/AAHE Monograph and a chapter called “Steps Toward Change: The Process of Transition” in Educating Learners of All Ages (edited by Greenberg, O’Donnel, and Berquist). Her current scholarship focuses on leadership, with two strands: women and leadership and moral leadership. Recent publications include three book chapters (with Jane Applegate and Penny Early) on women as leaders and an article in 2010 (with Judy Cohen, Betty Rambur, and Carol Vallett) on “The Moral Cascade: Distress, Eustress and the Virtuous Organization” and, with the same authors, a chapter on “Theories/Models of Organizational Stress.”
She was honored with the Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award in 1999 and holds an honorary doctorate from University of New Hampshire for her work on adult learners. She also received the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Gender Equity Award and the Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education. Tarule, a native of Vermont, attended Bennington College and earned degrees from Goddard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Tarule teaches The American College Student and the Capstone Seminar. She also teaches classes in Adult Education and Women and Leadership.
I grew up in a small Vermont town, and have been delighted to be in Vermont as a professional. My passions are focused on ensuring that higher education – where I have worked for nearly my entire professional career – and to some extent all institutions continue to develop in ways that further and ensure equity, justice and reflective thinking and practice. The chance to engage with HESA students as they experiment with different parts of the academy in the practicum experiences is a delight, providing an opportunity to support new professionals as they work, themselves, and learn about how the academy works and what they care about and can do within it.
ADDITIONAL FACULTY IN THE HESA PROGRAM:
Sherwood Smith is presently an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont (UVM). The position covers both administrative responsibilities as Director for the Center for Cultural Pluralism, as well as research and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses for the Department of Integrated Professional Studies.
Sherwood first arrived through a New England Board of Higher Education Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for 1995-1996 and taught in the Higher Education Program (HESA). After completing his doctorate in June 1996 from Ball State University in Indiana, he stayed on at the University of Vermont as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then as faculty. Before his appointments at UVM, Dr. Smith was the Assistant Director of Residence Life for Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania for three years.
As part of his doctoral program he developed and taught a graduate course "Multicultural Issues in Adult Education," lectured on the history of African-Americans in adult education, and taught undergraduate seminars. In the past Sherwood has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, Cooperative Extension Agent in Grant County in Washington, and Adjunct Faculty for the School for International Training's college program in Kenya. Currently, Sherwood teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at UVM including The Challenge of Multiculturalism for Educators at the graduate level and two courses, one focus on the development issues related to prejudice and the other focused on cross-cultural awareness and culture influences on development in the Human Development and Family Studies Program.
His research interests focus on experiential issues related to identity development and attitude change, evaluation methodologies related to social justice education, and multicultural education theory to practice issues. His work has led to numerous presentations for a variety of professional conferences, including the American Association of Adult and Community Education, American College Personnel Association, Lilly Conferences, and International Educators (NAFSA). He is actively involved in faculty and staff development training on multicultural issues as part of his work as the Director for the Center for Cultural Pluralism, which is part of the Provost's Office.
Since 1992, during the summer he has worked with the Intercultural Communications Institute in Oregon doing workshops and trainings focused on intercultural understanding. Some of his publications include:
Taylor-Archer, M. and Smith, S. (2002). Our Stories: The Experience of Black Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses. JDOTT University of Ohio, Contract Station
Smith, S.E. and Colin III, S.A. (2002). An Invisible Presence, Silenced Voices: African Americans in the Adult Education Professoriate. In V. Sheared and P. Sissel (Eds.). Making Space Merging Theory to Practice in Adult Education. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishers.
A love of travel and interest regarding international issues has taken him to Antarctica, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Kenya, Nepal, Spain, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Thailand. He speaks English, Swahili, and a little Spanish.
Sean Hurley is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences where he teaches graduate courses in research methodology and statistics. His research interests include quantitative research methodology (particularly techniques for interpreting data obtained from field studies in Education, such as multilevel modeling and missing-data augmentation), improving academic and social outcomes for youths living in poverty, and applying principles from cognitive psychology to formal learning settings.
Dr. Hurley teaches Research Methods in Higher Education in the HESA program.
Lucy A. Singer joined the UVM General Counsel’s Office in 2005 and current serves as Senior Associate Counsel. She holds a bachelor's degree from Southwest Missouri State University; a graduate degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Louis University School of Law. After completing a federal clerkship with the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Ms. Singer was in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri, where her practice focused on education law for K-12 public school districts and private institutions and representation of institutions of higher education in Missouri and Illinois. In 1999, Ms. Singer became Associate General Counsel for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she provided legal advice and service to the University.
Ms. Singer teaches the Legal Issues Module in the HESA program.
Jackie was Professor Emerita and one of the founders of the HESA program. She passed away on January 9, 2014. Vermont Women in Higher Education interviewed Jackie in 2008 in a video that reflects Jackie's spirit and impact on generations of students in the HESA program.
Jackie Gribbons VWHE 2008 Video
Professor Gribbons was a faculty member of the HESA program since its inception in 1970 until her retirement in 2007. As the previous Coordinator of the Practicum Internships, she developed over 200 credit internships and provided the leadership, organization, and quality control for this nationally acclaimed practicum program. When she took early retirement in 1993 following 27 years of service as an administrator at UVM, she continued her faculty assignment with the HESA program as an advisor to HESA students. In 2007, she retired from the HESA faculty but continued her contact with HESA alumni and continued to serve on several University committees.
Professor Gribbon's areas of scholarly and professional interest included staff development and training, strategic planning, women in higher education, leadership development, and staff supervision and recruitment. Professor Gribbons developed and taught a year-long career development seminar to assist second-year HESA students in their professional preparation.
A national leader in higher education, she was the President of the National Association for Women in Education (NAWE) and Vice President for Association Advancement and Director of Planned Giving. She served as the Vermont State Coordinator for the American Council on Education's National Identification Program for the advancement of women in higher education. Her leadership and contributions brought her numerous national and state awards and citations, including three leadership and service awards which carry her name at the UVM, State of Vermont, and Bowling Green State University. Professor Gribbons held a M.A. degree in Counseling and Physical Education from Case Western Reserve University.
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