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CSPA Faculty Profiles

Graduate Faculty

Sasso

Dr. Pietro Sasso 

Dr. Sasso holds an M.S. in Student Affairs and Counseling from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Old Dominion University. He brings over 10 years of progressive administrative responsibility working in several functional areas including student activities, residence life, and student success.  He is the author and editor of Today’s College Students, Higher Education & Society, Colleges at the Crossroads: Taking Sides on Contested Issues, and The Dynamic Student Development Meta-Theory:  A New Model for Student Success. His research interests include identity construction of traditional undergraduates (college student development), alcohol misuse in higher education (student health outcomes), the impact of the college fraternity experience, and masculinity in higher education. He teaches EPFR 514: College Student Learning and Development, EPFR 503: Research Methods in Higher Education, EPFR 516: Individual and Group Dynamics, EDAD 594: Final Research Project, and EDAD 594: Final Research Project. He currently serves as the Program Director of the CSPA program.

Puchner

Dr. Laurel Puchner

Dr. Puchner holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. She teaches qualitative research methods and educational psychology in a variety of graduate programs, including K-12 administrator preparation and college student personnel administration. She has published in the areas of women’s literacy in developing countries, professional development of teachers, action research, and teacher education for social justice. She is currently doing research on how higher education leaders view their own and their institutions’ efforts to promote diversity and to meet the needs of diverse students. She has been active in SIUE’s Safe Zone for the past 12 years, serving primarily in the areas of training and curriculum development.

Yu

Dr. Tianlong Yu 

Dr. Yu holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His research includes social foundations of education, moral education, multicultural education, and comparative education. He teaches EPFR 522: Diversity in Higher Education.

Affiliate Faculty

Waple

Dr. Jeffrey Waple

Dr. Waple earned a doctorate in educational administration in 2000 from Illinois State University, a master’s in guidance and counseling in 1995 from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor’s in biology from Heidelberg University in 1991.Dr. Waple has over 20 years of professional service in student affairs and currently is the Vice-Chancellor at SIUE where he provides leadership the entire Division of Student Affairs. He teaches EDAD 574 Leadership and Administration of Higher Education.

Kempland

Dr. Monica Kempland

Dr. Kempland received her PhD in Higher Education Administration from St. Louis University and her MS in Kinesiology-Sport and Exercise Behavior.  Dr. Kempland advises students majoring in Health Education, Exercise Science, and Nutrition at SIUE.  She has over eight years of academic advising experience, specializing in advising those interested in health-related professions. Dr. Kempland’s research interest is focused on student development theory, pre-professional health advising, and anxiety reduction among college-aged students.  Dr. Kempland has published and presented her research nationally and regionally, and is a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions and the National Academic Advising Association. She teaches EDAD 554 Practicum and EPFR 514: College Student Learning and Development.

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