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4th Edition

Linking Theory to Practice
Case Studies for Working with College Students

ISBN 9781138720961
Published October 6, 2017 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

Framed by an overview of theories that guide student affairs practice, the cases in this book present a challenging array of problems that student affairs and higher education personnel face on campus, such as racial diversity, alcohol abuse, and student activism. This revised fourth edition contains 20 new cases reflecting current campus issues, including identity, study abroad, social media, bullying, housing and food insecurity, student activism, and other perennial campus issues. An excellent teaching tool, this book provides a comprehensive and realistic set of challenges to prepare aspiring student affairs professionals for the increasingly complex college environment.

Features include:

  • A structure that sets the stage for case study methods and links student affairs theory with practical applications.
  • Cases written by well-known and respected contributors set in a wide variety of institution types and locations.
  • Over 35 complex case studies reflecting the multifaceted issues student affairs professionals face in today’s college environment.


Table of Contents


Case Index


Chapter 1 The Role of Theory in a Practical World – Frances K. Stage

Chapter 2 Theory and Practice in Student Affairs – Steven M.Hubbard

Chapter 3 Case Analysis in Action – Frances K. Stage and Steven M. Hubbard

Take Back the Night: A Gauge of the Climate for Women on Campus
Jillian Kinzie and Patricia Muller

Chapter 4 Cases in Organization and Administration

Politically Driven Assessment Findings
Kim Yousey-Elsener

How Exactly Does Teamwork Make The Dream Work?
Tanisha Johnson-Campbell

A Die-in for Action and Institutional Response
Tara L. Parker and Gus Burkett

Less Drinking or Professional Sinking?
Katie Branch

Strategic Program Planning: Retooling an Initiative to Reach Its Potential
Paula Steisel Goldfarb

Challenged by Colleagues
Nick Voelker

Student Dissent at Warren Community College
Florence A. Hamrick, Catrina A. Gallo, and William R. Spear

Chapter 5 Cases in Admissions

All Things are Not Equal: Balancing College Access and Completion
Tara L. Parker and Kathleen Neville

Data Based Admissions
Sara Randall Johnson

Navigating Politics and Mission in College Enrollments
Maurice Shirley

Creating a Diverse Class: A College in Crisis
Paula Steisel Goldfarb

The May Tattoo
Dave Eng

Chapter 6 Cases in Advising and Counseling

Identity Confusion on Study Abroad in South Africa
Teboho Moja

Academic Integrity and the Humanities
Michelle Dionne Thompson

Same-Sex Domestic Violence Reporting on Campus
Daniel Holub

Supporting Online Learners at Interurban University
Kristen Sosulski and Steven Goss

Did That Really Just Happen? Yeah, It Did
Tanisha Johnson-Campbell

Food and Housing Insecurity
Karina Malave

Policy and Communication Issues in Student Affairs
Megan Murphy

Should I Say No to My Dream Job?
Kevin Grubb

Chapter 7 Cases on Academic Issues

Community College Developmental Mathematics
Katherine Conway

Applying Academic Policy to Evolving Course Platforms
Sarah Randall-Johnson

Assessing and Addressing Issues for Working Class Transfer Students
Michael Funk

Racial Dynamics in the College Classroom
Tara L. Parker and Kathleen Neville

Protecting Academic Integrity
Megan Murphy

Disappointed, Dismayed, Dismissed? Investigating a Forgery
Justine M. Kelly-Fierro

Strategies When Faced With Declining Enrollments
Katherine Conway

Promoting Young Scientists
Valerie Lundy-Wagner

Chapter 8 Cases Regarding Identity

Student Media and the "Satirization" of American Indian Life
Sandi M. Wemigwase and Michael J. Dumas

Freedom of Speech?
Michael Funk

Our Identity
Dave Eng

Cyberbullying on Campus
Sara Klein

Implicit Bias in a Career Office?
Jennifer Leibowitz

Growing Presence of Muslim Students at St. Francis Xavier University
Mark Hummell

Chapter 9 Cases in Campus Life

They Won't Fire the Whole Staff
Kim Yousey-Elsener

A Case of Religious Intolerance at Greenwich University
Shadia A. Sachedina

Intercollegiate Athletics at Clayton College
Ginelle John

Hate in the Ivory Tower: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down
John P. Downey

The Design on the Door
Rebecca Novick

About the Editors

About the Case Study Authors


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Frances K. Stage is Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education at New York University, USA.

Steven M. Hubbard is Director of Student Affairs in the School of Medicine at New York University, USA.


"This book provides a theoretical and practical resource for scholar-practitioners to learn and practice decision-making and critical thinking. This needed revision, with new cases involving social media, campus violence, and student activism, will invite thoughtful discussion about a challenging array of problems."
—Susan V. Iverson, Professor and Coordinator, Higher Education Leadership, Manhattanville College, USA.

"Stage and Hubbard continue to build a bridge between theory and practice in higher education and student affairs. This updated edition provides a first-rate framework for analyzing practical dilemmas and challenges decision makers to consider nuances of institutional history, political context, legal ramifications, and other critical factors. The variety, realism, and contemporary quality of the new cases also make it an ideal text for graduate courses and other forms of professional development."
—Tracy Davis, Professor and CSP Program Director, Western Illinois University, USA.

Praise for the 3rd Edition
"This book is an excellent resource for helping students consider how to apply theory to practical settings. It will encourage thoughtful reflection and discussion about how higher education and student development theories should influence our decision making."
—Korine Steinke Wawrzynski, Director of Undergraduate Research, Michigan State University, USA.