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WCE Assistant Professor Andrew Ryder Receives National Recognition as an Emerging Scholar

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Andrew Ryder, assistant professor of Higher Education at the Watson College, has been named an Emerging Scholar Designee by ACPA - College Student Educators International, a leading international professional association for the study and practice of student affairs and higher education.

The award “supports, encourages, and honors early-career individuals who are emerging as contributors to student affairs and higher education scholarship and who are pursuing research initiatives congruent with the mission, interests, and strategic goals of ACPA.”

As an Emerging Scholar Designee from 2016-2018, Ryder will receive a $3,000 grant to support his continued research on a set of policy-based indicators of campus climate to augment an existing national assessment of campus climate for personal and social responsibility.  

He will also create a video presentation on his scholarship on assessing campus climates that the organization will host on its website, and co-plan a conference symposium in partnership with ACPA's Senior Scholars, with a focus on teaching and helping practitioners contribute to and identify venues for scholarship and writing.

“There are a number of tremendously gifted early-career scholars engaged in innovative research in higher education and student affairs,” Ryder said. “I’m extremely humbled to receive this recognition.”

Susan Faircloth, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at the Watson College said Ryder is very deserving of the award. “Dr. Ryder is a great asset to the department, college and university. I am confident that this is the first of many honors for him,” she said.

Ryder is the second Watson College faculty member to receive the award from ACPA. James DeVita, assistant professor in WCE’s EL Department and program coordinator for the Higher Education program, was selected as an ACPA Emerging Scholar in 2013.

For more information about the program, visit: www.myacpa.org/award/emerging-scholars-award.