1st Edition

Men and Masculinities Theoretical Foundations and Promising Practices for Supporting College Men's Development

Edited By Daniel Tillapaugh, Brian L. McGowan Copyright 2019
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    There continues to be much concern about the retention and persistent of men in college, particularly Black, Latinx, and Native American men. In addition, queer and trans* men also have found institutions to be problematic spaces. For those who do persist, we know that men are overrepresented in student conduct cases and engage in risky behaviors around alcohol, drug use, and sexual relationships. Additionally, we know that college men have historically avoided engaging in help-seeking behaviors for their academic and personal success. This book addresses the ways that theory can be put into practice for powerful, transformative learning to support college men and their development.This book synthesizes the research of the past three decades on college men to inform college student educators on the developmental needs of college men and illuminates how young men are socialized prior to their arrival to campus, but perhaps more importantly, how the collegiate environment becomes a training ground for the socialization of masculinities by students, their peers, and their environments.Beyond that, it sets out how practitioners can help young men understand why and how they have been socialized around their gender identity, but also what their gender identity and sense of masculinity means for their future selves. The book highlights programs and services designed to have college men engage with and dialogue around issues of hegemonic, toxic, or unhealthy aspects of masculinity. These promising practices can offer college men opportunities to understand their power, privilege, and identity in ways that can be affirming and healthier, leading to more life-giving chances. This is all the more important in the context of an ever-evolving society where traditionally held norms and expectations around gender--particularly masculinities--are shifting. This book equips student affairs staff, faculty, and administrators to better support college men’s development. It offers readers insights, ideas, and models for adapting and developing programs, services, and initiatives that may meaningfully meet the needs of specific student populations, while recognizing that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to this work.

    Foreword—Ryan P. Barone Acknowledgments Introduction—Advancing Men and Masculinities Work—Daniel Tillapaugh and Brian L. McGowan Part One. Theoretical Foundations for College Men and Masculinities 1. Theoretical Complexities of Men and Masculinities—Daniel Tillapaugh, D. Chase J. Catalano, and Tracy Davis 2. Considerations of Student Development in Men and Masculinities Work—Brian L. McGowan, Daniel Tillapaugh, and Frank Harris III Part Two. Program Design 3. Building a Campus Coalition—Keith E. Edwards, Zak Foste, and Chris Taylor 4. Toward an Intersectional Model of College Men and Masculinities Programming—Kyle C. Ashlee and Rachel Wagner 5. Assessment and Evaluation—Lucas Schalewski, Brian Lackman, and Jamie Utt Part Three. Specific Program Content and Delivery 6. Developing Engaging Retreat Experiences for College Men—Peter Paquette and Vernon A. Wall 7. Reimagining Dialogue-Based Praxis—Wilson Kwamogi Okello and Stephen John Quaye 8. Men’s Peer Education and Mentoring Programs—Taj Smith, Vern Klobassa, and Cristobal Salinas Jr. 9. Academic Curriculum—Jason Laker 10. Comprehensive Initiatives and Programs for College Men—Cameron C. Beatty, Jonathan A. McElderry, and Jason J. Dorsette 11. Contemporary Issues for College Men and Masculinities— Z Nicolazzo Afterword—Tracy Davis Editors and Contributors Index


    Daniel Tillapaugh, PhD, is assistant professor and chair in the Department of Counselor Education at California Lutheran University, where he primarily teaches in the Counseling and College Student Personnel Program. A graduate of the University of San Diego with a PhD in leadership studies, the University of Maryland with a MEd in counseling and personnel services, and Ithaca College with a MusB in music with an outside field of sociology, he worked as a student affairs administrator for 10 years before becoming a full-time faculty member. His research interests include intersectionality and student development in higher education, college men and masculinities, and college student leadership development and education. From 2012 to 2016, he served as the chair for the Coalition on Men and Masculinities, an entity group of ACPA–College Student Educators International, which focuses on the dissemination of research and practice on college men and mascu­linities. He has been recognized by ACPA as an Emerging Scholar Designee from 2016 to 2018 for his research on college student development.

    Brian L. McGowan is an Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University. Dr. McGowan earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Indiana University with a minor in Sociology. His research seeks to illuminate how minoritized populations experience higher education. More specifically, his research explores Black men’s achievement, identity development, interpersonal relationships, and inclusive teaching and learning practices in postsecondary educational settings. Dr. McGowan’s scholarship and professional practice have been praised through awards and honors including the Tracy L. Davis Outstanding Emerging Research Award from ACPA’s Coalition on Men and Masculinities, UNCG’s School of Education Distinguished Research Scholar Award, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation Award, and the Emerging Professional Award from The Ohio State University Higher Education and Student Affairs Program. He co-edited Men and Masculinities: Theoretical foundations and promising practices for supporting college men’s development (Stylus, 2019) and Black Men in the Academy: Narratives of resiliency, achievement, and success (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016). In 2017, Dr. McGowan co-edited a special issue of the Journal of College and University Student Housing dedicated to social justice. Dr. McGowan has delivered over 50 presentations and invited talks at professional conferences and postsecondary institutions across the country on issues related to equity, inclusion, diversity and social justice. Dr. McGowan is active in several professional associations, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the ACPA-College Student Educators International. He most recently served on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Prior to joining American University, he was a tenure track professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Indiana State University. He also served as a project associate for the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research primarily working with the National Survey of Student Engagement. Dr. McGowan has also held several positions within student affairs administration including housing and residence life, new student orientation, and career services. Given his expertise in retention and persistence of college men of color, Dr. McGowan was invited to be part of three conversations with 150 educational researchers, evaluators, and community advocates through Research, Integration, Strategies, and Evaluation (RISE) for Boys and Men of Color, a $10 million-dollar national field advancement initiative in 2016 and 2017.

    "Tillapaugh and McGowan have compiled an essential resource for everyone who works with college men, from the newest faculty member or student affairs professional to the experienced veteran. Starting with a history of masculinities studies within college student development, they introduce new voices that challenge us to examine our assumptions with an intersectional lens. Perhaps most useful is their practical advice for creating campus coalitions and taking our work into the future."

    Jan Deeds, Ph.D., Director

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln Women’s Center

    “Tillapaugh and McGowan have written a theoretically rich and practically useful text that is a must read for any student affairs staff facing the challenges of helping men during the college experience. With so much negativity about men in the media these days, Tillapaugh and McGowan bring hope that things can get better by presenting new theory, program designs, and specific programs to expand services for men on campus. This book is highly recommended to any professional wanting to start, improve, and expand their work with men.”

    Jim O'Neil, Professor, Educational Psychology

    University of Connecticut

    "The core principle and intent of Men and Masculinities is to equip student affairs staff, faculty, and administrators to better support college men's development by offering insights, ideas, and models for adapting and developing programs, services, and initiatives that may meaningfully meet the needs of specific student populations, while recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to this work.

    A seminal work of meticulous scholarship especially and unreservedly recommended."

    Midwest Book Review

    “What this book asks readers to do is to consider the role that higher education professionals (i.e., faculty and staff) play in the socialization process for men and their masculinities. How do faculty and staff members address the systemic issues that produce deeply problematic behaviors in the lives of college men, especially from an intersectional perspective? This [book] is beautifully constructed… [It] is a call and challenge to educators on college campuses to identify how they positively contribute to equitable practices concerning men and masculinities. It is no longer enough to view conversations about men and masculinities as one-dimensional. This text elucidates the complex and pluralistic orientations that professionals should take concerning the structures in society that frame issues of gender, as well as its connection to other identities.”

    Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice

    "Tillapaugh and McGowan’s book is timely and encourages higher education educators to critically assess how their epistemologies might impact their perception of masculinities as well as how they design programmatic initiatives to support college men. Along this same line, student affairs practitioners will find this book helpful to broaden their views on men and masculinities and to include students from underrepresented identities in this important discourse. Tillapaugh and McGowan’s book is important, and we strongly recommend it for those interested in the topic of men and masculinities as well as those working directly with college students."

    Journal of College Student Development