Dr. Tricia A. Seifert - Bio

Having hiked up to the “Great One” in the Bridger Range in Montana, I’m ready to ski down on June 26.


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Tricia Seifert is an associate professor in the Adult & Higher Education program at Montana State University and Head of the Department of Education. She also maintains a faculty appointment in the Leadership, Higher & Adult Education department at the University of Toronto. She is the principal investigator on the Supporting Student Success research study, which examines college and university organizational structures and cultures with regard to supporting student success. This study has received over a quarter of million dollars in external funding from federal, provincial and professional associations in Canada. Her research team blogs about the study’s findings and implications for practice at www.supportingstudentsuccess.wordpress.com and can be followed on Twitter @CdnStdntSuccess and @TriciaSeifert

Dr. Seifert and her team have used findings from the Supporting Student Success research study to develop the Blueprints for Student Success in College and University website (http://www.blueprintsforstudentsuccess.com/#/page-1/). The objective of this website and the corresponding interactive workshops is to help high school students and those transitioning to college and university learn about the programs and services available for students as they strive to attain their postsecondary academic and personal goals. She has continued this work with her research team in Montana, launching the Blueprints for Student Success – Montana Facebook page where they pair questions from high school students about the transition to higher education with advice from current postsecondary students.

In 2015, Dr. Seifert received the Award of Honour from the Canadian Association for College and University Student Services, the association’s highest honor, for her significant achievement and distinguished contribution to the development and promotion of student services as well as her active participation within CACUSS. She also received the 2015 Distinguished Commission Directorate Member Award from ACPA, College Student Educators International for her work as Faculty in Residence on the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development. She is the recipient of the 2012 Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and the 2010 Emerging Scholar Award from ACPA, College Student Educators International.

Dr. Seifert uses a mixed methodological approach and teaches courses in quantitative research methodology and student affairs administration. She serves as the Associate Editor for International Research and Scholarship for the Journal of College Student Development and is the past Associate Editor for New Directions for Institutional Research. Her research has been published by the Journal of College Student Development, Research in Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of Higher Education.

Dr. Seifert earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science with honors from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University, and her Ph.D. in Student Affairs Administration and Research from the University of Iowa.

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