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University of Iowa News Release

May 27, 2004

Whitt, Graduate Students Co-Edit Student Affairs Text

When it was time for University of Iowa education professor Elizabeth Whitt to revise her 1997 "ASHE Reader On College Student Affairs Administration," she invited six current students and recent master's graduates to assist in the task.

Through their combined efforts, the resulting second edition is being published this spring by Pearson Custom Publishing.

Whitt, a professor in the UI College of Education's Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development, was assisted by:

--Melanie Guentzel of Austin, Minn., a doctoral candidate in Student Affairs Administration and Research.

--Becki Elkins-Nesheim of Bartlesville, Okla., a doctoral candidate in the UI's Student Affairs Administration and Research program.

--Susan Fullenkamp of Ankeny, Iowa, who has a master's degree in student development in postsecondary education and is currently an international student advisor at the UI.

--Steven Hubbard of Gowry, Iowa, a graduate of the UI's master's program in student development in postsecondary education and now a doctoral student in the higher education administration program at New York University.

--Angela Kellogg of Hudson, Iowa, who is a doctoral candidate in Student Affairs
Administration and Research.

--Susan Summers of Ottumwa, Iowa, who was a master's degree candidate in student development in postsecondary education at the time of the project. She graduated in 2002.

The book is a collection of readings about student affairs administration -- its foundations, history and evolution, -- and a variety of perspectives about effective student affairs practice. It is intended to be used primarily in graduate-level courses on student affairs preparation, in staff development activities and by anyone who wants an overview of student affairs work.

Whitt said she invited students to participate in the editing, in part, as a learning experience for them, and partly because she believed they had a great deal to contribute to the process.

"I thought the Reader would be better for collaboration, and I was correct," Whitt said. "I think the second edition of the Reader is much better than the first, which I did primarily by myself. The students had much to contribute and put a lot of time and thought into the task."

In addition to the work by the students and alumni, Whitt said the book benefited by having an advisory board of student affairs administrators and graduate faculty in student affairs preparation programs from across the country.

Whitt said this is the first time she's worked with students on co-editing a book, though hardly the first time she's worked with students on a collaborative project.

"I've worked with students on research projects pretty regularly since I've been at the UI, which is 1997," she said. "For example, the three doctoral students who worked on the Reader (Kellogg, Guentzel and Elkins-Nesheim) and I have been part of a research team doing a national study of academic and student affairs partnerships."

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