Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, May 10, 2013

Student Affairs research symposium integrates student-learning theory and practice

Students, faculty and staff from Ann Arbor and beyond will meet Wednesday at the Michigan Union to explore ways to further student experiences and outcomes through research.


Division of Student Affairs 10th annual research symposium

• 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at the Michigan Union.

• All symposium events are free and keynote address is open to the public.

• Due to limited capacity, the post-symposium event is by invitation.

Online registration deadline, with option for lunch, is 5 p.m. Monday. Registration without lunch will be available at the door.

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The 10th annual Division of Student Affairs research symposium will delve into learning outcomes, leadership skills development, impact of and future needs in race and diversity, research, assessment, and intentional educational work that reaches across program and unit boundaries.

"We started this symposium as a way to share measurements of student learning outcomes," said Malinda Matney, DSA senior research associate and symposium founder and coordinator. "Students learn in a variety of contexts: in the classroom, through student organizations and programs, in community service, and in other interactions. This symposium allows us to connect the dots across these areas of student learning."

This year's Eric Dey Keynote Speaker is Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough, who is broadly recognized for his work on historically black colleges and universities and African-American male college students, and his role in creating the Black Male Initiative at Philander Smith College.

Kimbrough also has broken new ground in the application of social media to student engagement, and is one of 25 college presidents to follow on Twitter (@HipHopPrez), according to

"We are particularly excited to have Dr. Walter Kimbrough as our Eric Dey Keynote Speaker," Matney said. "We look forward to both his keynote address, and a special post-conference session, as we discuss the implications of work such as Dr. Kimbrough's within the University of Michigan setting."

Symposium sessions include integrating science into practice, career success for first-year students, moving to a culture of assessment, increasing intercultural understanding, mixed-methods evaluation for prevention programming, student eating and body image on campuses, cultivating communities of practice, research and practice in integrative learning, and personal safety education.

The annual symposium was established in 2004 to raise the visibility of student research and share findings, to promote collaboration on common student research dilemmas, to help staff develop program assessment and evaluation skills, and to incorporate research into their day-to-day work.