Shelton named International Emerging Scholar by College Student Educators

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Leslie Jo Shelton

Leslie Jo Shelton, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, was recently named a College Student Educators International Emerging Scholar.

The program is an internationally competitive award that supports, encourages and honors young professionals who contribute to student affairs and college scholarships.

In addition to monthly meetings with her junior cohort and events with past recipients and current senior scholars, Shelton will conduct a grant-funded research study and engage in ACPA leadership service. Her study focuses on understanding college student identity development through a photovoice approach with grounded theory, where photos that are meaningful to participants are shared and discussed. Her ACPA service obligations include reviewing manuscripts for the Journal of College Student DevelopmentCo-coordinated a conference presentation related to college/student affairs, professional development, and serving as a scholar-in-residence for an ACPA coalition group.

Shelton said she is excited to be part of the two-year Emerging Scholars program because it reflects her commitment to meaningful research that informs higher education and student affairs practice. It also facilitates their commitment to growth and service through professional association leadership opportunities.

“As a young scientist and lifelong learner, participating in Emerging Scholars will help me continue to build lasting, meaningful relationships and engage as a member of the ACPA scientific community,” she added.

Shelton is the program coordinator for the U of A Higher Education M.Ed. program at the College of Education and Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminology and a Women’s Studies certificate from Ohio University, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Ohio University, and a doctorate in higher, adult and life education from Michigan State University . Her teaching and scholarship areas focus on college student learning and development within a social justice and inclusion lens.

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