Complex Cases in Student Affairs provides students and professionals with a deeper understanding of how problems in student affairs might be addressed through the application of relevant theory/research and practical considerations of professional practice. Featuring 22 original cases situated at a range of different types of institutions, this important text covers many functional areas, represents the experiences of a diverse set of student populations, and addresses a variety of complex and intersecting issues that student affairs professionals regularly face. A clear process for applying theory to practice along with case-specific questions prompts readers to engage with the issues presented in the cases, identify and analyze problems, and construct robust solutions. Whether you are a student affairs or higher education graduate student, faculty member, early student affairs professional, or staff supervisor, reading, analyzing, and crafting resolutions to the cases in this book will better prepare you to effectively consider and address the challenges of the field.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction
1 Why a Case Study Approach?
Michael G. Ignelzi and Melissa A. Rychener
2 Analyzing a Case Study
Stacy A. Jacob, Stefanie M. Centola, and Kara Werkmeister
3 Resolution of a Case Study
Molly A. Mistretta and Kara Werkmeister
Part II: The Cases
4 Student Veteran Support and Discrimination
Kara Werkmeister and Stacy A. Jacob
5 Black Student Experiences at a Rural Branch Campus
Jordan W. Brooks and Molly A. Mistretta
6 Student Athlete Struggles to Find Footing on Campus
Kerri Butler and Molly A. Mistretta
7 An Alcohol Incident During Orientation
Annie C. Cassin and Melissa A. Rychener
8 Supporting LGBT Students at a Religiously-Affiliated College
Renee K. (Austin) Coyne and Michael G. Ignelzi
9 Provisional Admissions Decisions at a Branch Campus
Correy Dandoy and Stacy A. Jacob
10 Rigid Academic Policy Within a Changing Institution
Caitlin Barbour Ginter and Molly A. Mistretta
11 From Foster Care to the Ivory Tower: A Homeless Student’s Struggle
Sara Gould and Molly A. Mistretta
12 Hazing in the Band
Kristin M. Gregory and Stacy A. Jacob
13 Controversial Speech in the Student Newspaper
Deron T. Jackson and Melissa A. Rychener
14 Student Conduct: Inclusion for Student Organizations and Students with Disabilities
Todd E. Kamenash and Michael G. Ignelzi
15 Keep Them on Campus: The Unintended Consequence of a Residence Hall Policy
Lenee McCandless and Melissa A. Rychener
16 Social Media Scandal
Felicia P. McKinney, Emma K. Coomes, and Stacy A. Jacob
17 Roommates from Different Worlds
Ryan Morgado and Stacy A. Jacob
18 Disability Service Animals and Emotional Support Pets
Janine N. Muri and Michael G. Ignelzi
19 Swept Away by an International Student Crisis
Lauren Perri and Melissa A. Rychener
20 Orientation Leaders and Staff Diversity
Emily Price and Stacy A. Jacob
21 The College Admissions Process: Search and Satisfaction
Denise N. Sanata and Molly A. Mistretta
22 Identity Expression: Safer to Wait Until Graduation?
Meridia D. Sanders and Melissa A. Rychener
23 A Young Black Woman's Experience in a Historically White Sorority
Lesli Somerset and Molly A. Mistretta
24 Helping Students, Setting Professional Boundaries in an Unsupportive Environment
Morgan E. Weber and Michael G. Ignelzi
25 Student or Athlete? An Advising Dilemma in the Basketball Program
Brandy A. Wilson and Michael G. Ignelzi
Index for Case Chapters
Michael G. Ignelzi is Professor of Student Affairs in Higher Education in the Department of Counseling and Development at Slippery Rock University, USA.
Melissa A. Rychener is Coordinator of the Intercultural Preparation and Competency Curriculum at Duquesne University, USA.
Molly A. Mistretta is Assistant Professor of Student Affairs in Higher Education and Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the Department of Counseling and Development at Slippery Rock University, USA.
Stacy A. Jacob is Assistant Professor of Student Affairs in Higher Education and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Counseling and Development at Slippery Rock University, USA.
"The compelling case studies in this book offer graduate students and other readers dynamic, immersive opportunities for exploration and learning. Guided by the editors' introductory sections emphasizing multiple lenses and perspectives, systematic analyses of these cases will advance professionalism, sound judgment, and prudent foresight."
—Florence A. Hamrick, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey