Research



TACUSPA is committed to supporting and advancing scholarship in student affairs through the development and dissemination of knowledge to the membership. This page highlights recent publications and other initiatives that support TACUSPA's research goals. 

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For more information contact:
Teresa Simpson, Lamar University, 2019-2021 Director of Research


Featured Publication


Engagement and Employability
Adam Peck, Editor

Engagement and Employability examines the central role student affairs plays in helping students gain and articulate career skills through cocurricular experiences. It focuses on the top skills employers seek when hiring recent college graduates. This comprehensive publication provides a discussion and numerous examples of how to identify, measure, and assess employability skills as an outcome of cocurricular experiences.

Hardcover | 2017 | 496 pages
ISBN: 978-0-931654-62-6



2019-2020 THOMAS MOORMAN FELLOWS

The purpose of the Thomas Moorman Fellowship Program is to provide intensive professional development experience, mentoring, and support to future leaders in the Association and the field of Student Affairs. The Program is funded by the TACUSPA Foundation.

Jordan Bryant, Lamar University

“Student Affairs research is my passion. Becoming the Thomas Moorman Research and Bench-marking Fellow has exposed me to an array of practitioners working on innovative and inclusive research projects within the profession. The experience of being a fellow is allowing me to become an active participant in crafting the future culture of student affairs.”   


Shelby Hearn, Texas A&M University

"The TACUPSA Thomas Moorman Research and Benchmarking Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to experience board meetings in a professional organization and build relationships with professionals in higher education. This experience has been extremely insightful and continues to further my understanding of professional development organizations in higher education."

Karina Ogunlana, Texas State University

“For me, the fellowship means an opportunity to engage with seasoned professionals in the field about how to move forward our association. As decisions are made about how to create community, create a strategic plan, and continue to exist in a world alongside COVID, I am grateful to have been a part of the conversations. I have learned a lot from being in community with the TACUSPA Board. And I know the things I have experience and learned are going to assist me when I transition into future leadership roles.”

CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH

Listed in alphabetical order by member/author.

Health, Safety, and Well-being

  • These Walls Will Talk: Diplomas and the Stories They Tell, R. Montelongo (2018)
  • Medical curriculum enrichment across the life-course using e-Delphi and the community priority index (CPI) ranking algorithm ,Salihu HM, Dongarwar D, Malmberg ED, Harris TB, Thomson, WA. (2019)
  • Advancing Holistic Review for Faculty Recruitment and Advancement,Harris TB, Thomson WA, Moreno NP, Conrad S, White SE, Young GH, Malmberg ED, Weisman B, Monroe ADH (2018)

Student Success

Financial Wellness

Career and Workforce Development

Policy and Advocacy

Supporting the Profession

Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice


Contributing Scholars

Jenni Bachelder

Doctoral Graduate Assistant
Florida State University

jmb17e@my.fsu.edu

Shelby Hearn

Graduate Assistant
Texas A&M University

shelbyhearn1927@gmail.com

Melissa Fadler

Associate Director - Recreational Sports

Sam Houston State Unviersity

mfadler@shsu.edu


Erik Malmberg

Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

Baylor College of Medicine


Barry S. McKinney

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities

The University of Texas at San Antonio


Ricardo Montelongo

Associate Professor

Sam Houston State University

rxm059@shsu.edu


Christine Self

Associate Director/Instructor

Texas Tech University

christine.self@ttu.edu


Art L. Simpson, Jr. 

Director Recreational Sports

Lamar University

drartsimpson@gmail.com


Teresa E. Simpson

Executive Director

Office of Community Relations, Economic Development and Student Access

Clinical Instructor, Educational Leadership

Lamar University

teresa.simpson@lamar.edu



Ashley Spicer - Runnels

Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Texas A&M University - San Antonio

ashley.spicer-runnels@tamusa.edu


Adam Peck

Associate Vice President/

Dean of Student Affairs

Stephen F. Austin State University

peckae@sfasu.edu



Elizabeth Wallace

Director, Student Affairs Retention & Assessment

Tarleton State University

wallace@tarleton.edu


Jerry Wallace

Assistant Dean

Director of Advising, Recruitment & Retention

College of Public Service

University of Houston - Downtown

wallacej@uhd.edu

Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators
tacuspa@tacuspa.net

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