Join us in congratulating Dr. Allison Dunn and her co-authors doctors Lori Moore, Summer Odom, Gary Briers, and Krista Bailey for having their paper Competencies Needed for Entry-level Student Affairs Leadership Educators selected as the Distinguished Research Paper at the 2020 annual conference of the Association of Leadership Educators.
Dr. Dunn currently serves as an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University. The award-winning paper was part of her dissertation research and focuses on identifying the leadership educator competencies entry-level student affairs practitioners need to be successful leadership educators. Although student affairs practitioners are actively engaged as leadership educators, the formal study of leadership and training to do so are not traditionally included in a student affairs master’s program. Thus, this research is integral in helping to bridge the gap between leadership theory and practice within the context of student affairs. This research is also key to strengthening the professional preparation and development of student affairs leadership educators.
As a former student affairs practitioner herself, Dr. Dunn personally sees the value of leadership education scholars and student affairs practitioners joining forces on both research and education initiatives. Ultimately, these mutually beneficial partnerships strengthen leadership education in both curricular and co-curricular spaces, and provide opportunities to advance each field.