BiographyPrior to joining the University of Rhode Island (URI) faculty in 1997, Dr. Katie Branch was a scholarly practitioner in student affairs at The Ohio State University, University of Maine, and Indiana University. She had substantive post-master’s professional work in residential life and multicultural student services, and experience in academic advising, commuter student programs and services, financial aid, international education, internship programs, orientation, student leadership programs, and women’s services.
While a faculty member at URI, she was selected as an Emerging Scholar by ACPA-College Student Educators International, served an elected term on the Commission for Professional Preparation, and provided leadership for the 2005 Next Generation Conference. She was selected as an ACPA Diamond Honoree in 2018, and an Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional in 2019. Additionally, she served as co-chair of the College Student Access, Success & Outcomes section within the Postsecondary Education division for the American Educational Research Association 2014 annual meeting, an invited participant in a Learning Outcomes Think Tank hosted by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, and a reviewer for the Journal of College Student Retention.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Branch’s teaching and research interests center on adult development and learning in relationship to diverse students in tertiary education settings, environmental theory and assessment in higher education, and college student persistence and educational attainment. She has expertise in qualitative inquiry, including using photography as a visual research method.