Scholarly Activities

Many members of our HESA community actively participate in professional development. Please find announcements about recent publications and upcoming conference presentations below.

To submit a publication or conference presentation for the next newsletter, please e-mail Program Coordinator Dr. Gudrun Nyunt at

Andrews, M., & Hu, X. (in press). “A descriptive profile of online faculty training practices in the Illinois community college system.” The Journal of Educators Online.
(Melissa Andrews is a recent graduate of the Community College Leadership Ed.D. program. This article, which she worked on with Dr. Xiaodan Hu, is based on her dissertation.)

Hu, X., & Blanco, S. A. (2020). “Recognized to serve: Do (emerging) Hispanic-serving community colleges expand access?” Community College Journal of Research and Practice, advance online publication.
(Dr. Xiaodan Hu is an Assistant Professor in our program. Sergia A. Blanco, who graduated from the Counseling’s Master program in May, served as Dr. Hu’s graduate assistant.)

Koo, K., & Nyunt, G. (2020). “Culturally sensitive assessment of mental health for international students.” In H. K. Ro & E. M. Broido, New Directions for Student Services, 169: Voices from the margins: Conducting inclusive assessment for minoritized students in higher education (43-52). Jossey-Bass.
(Dr. Nyunt is a clinical assistant professor in our program. She published this article with her colleague Dr. Katie Koo, a fellow University of Maryland College Park alum.)

Niehaus, E., & Nyunt, G. (In Press). “Adding to our Methodological Toolkit: Identifying Meaningful Individual-Level Change in Educational Experiences.” Journal of College Student Development, 61(5).
(Dr. Nyunt, a clinical assistant professor, published this article with her colleague and fellow University of Maryland College Park alum.)

Kristy Wittman Howell
Kristy Wittman Howell

Conference Presentations

History of Higher Education Society Conference
November 5-8, 2020, virtual

  • Dr. Kristy Howell (CCLP – Class of 2020) will be presenting a paper, titled “Open Doors and Closed Communities: Creating Community Colleges in White-Flight Towns.”

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference
October 20-22, 2020, virtual

  • Dr. Kristy Howell (CCLP – Class of 2020) and her colleague Krystal Anton will be presenting a session, titled “A More Bird-Safe Campus: The JCCC Bird Collision Study in Practice and the Classroom.”

Association for the Study of Higher Education
November 18-21, 2020, virtual

  • Dr. Gudrun Nyunt, our clinical assistant professor, will be presenting a paper, titled “Interacting across Differences after Short-Term Study Abroad,” with Dr. Elizabeth Niehaus from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Mac Benavides, a doctoral student at Kansas State University.
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