I am a first-generation college student (and graduate student and faculty member). My career is the result of a series of seemingly random choices rather than a strategic plan. As a result, I have a healthy relationship with imposter phenomenon.
After working in residence life and student conduct in higher education, I have found my calling to work as a faculty member currently at Clemson University. I teach law, ethics, and the contemporary college student course in our student affairs program as well as a variety of doctoral courses. I am the luckiest person I know.
In my research, I study student affairs and higher education practice and its overlap with policy, law, and ethics. Within that overlap, I work on projects related to:
Career Decision-Making (Grad Students & Practitioners)
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging
Higher Education & Student Affairs in Popular Culture
The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Work Environments and Navigating Institutional Culture
None of the books in the library image here is my biography.
Student Affairs and Higher Education in Popular Culture
Boettcher, M. L., Kelly, E., & Reed, S. (2022). The Niceties: Scripted provocation. The National Teaching and Learning Forum 32(1), 1-3.
Boettcher, M, Swanson, H., Brown, C., Wein, S., & Zina, N. (2022). Keeping Hogwarts Open: The complexities of Harry Potter in higher education. Journal of College Character, 23(4), 349-355.
Acosta, J., Boettcher, M. L., & ** Jenkins, L., (2022). [Review of the play The
niceties, by Eleanor Burgess]. College Student Affairs Journal, 40(3), 152-155.
Hood, K., Johnson, D., McKenzie, R., & Boettcher, M. L. (2022). [Review of the novel Real Life by Brandon Taylor]. New York Journal of Student Affairs. https://commons.library.stonybrook.edu/nyjsa/vol22/iss1/3/?fbclid=IwAR0ANSHSeBEiM6Tn7yQPwZtuNhXoDFuTY2R3qcczgQTLjyp_x8y9rvM4ntQ
Belonging in Higher Education
Boettcher, M. L., Lange, A., Hanks, S., & Means, D. R. (2022). Rural Black and Latinx
students: Engaging community cultural wealth in higher education. Journal of
Research in Rural Education, 38(1). https://doi.org/10.26209/jrre3801
Combs, J., Boettcher, M. L., Lange, A., & Hanks, S. (2020). Rural, Black, and distant: Building relationships to foster higher education access. In C. R. Chambers & L. Crumb (Eds.) African American Rural Education, 119-132. Emerald Publishing Limited.
Boettcher, M. L., Dillard, S., Dobbins, K., Jones, K., Lang, N., Palmer, H., Philip, E., Richmond, K., Wilkes, D., Xi, W. (2020). Homegoing: First generation college students navigating identity. New York Journal of Student Affairs, 20(1). https://journals.canisius.edu/index.php/CSPANY/article/view/501
Boettcher, M. L., Earnest, K., Eason, A., & Lewis, L. (2019). The cultivation of
support networks by Students of Color in a residence hall setting at a
predominantly White institution. The Journal of College and University Student Housing, 45(2).https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol45no2/index.php#/30
Books & Book Chapters
Boettcher, M. L. & Salinas, C. (in press). Law and ethics in academic and student affairs: Developing an Institutional Intelligence approach. Routledge.
Boettcher, M. L., Wagner, R., Howard, J. L., & Cawthon, T. W., Eds. (2019). Social justice practice in residential communities [Monograph]. New Directions for Student Services, 2019 (168). https://www.ccthomas.com/details.cfm?P_ISBN13=9780398092924
Salinas, C., & Boettcher, M. L., Eds. (2018). Critical perspectives on hazing in colleges
and universities: A guide to disrupting hazing culture. Routledge/Taylor and
Boettcher M.L., Holmes A. C. (2021) Social justice interventions in college and university residence halls. In: Mullen C. (Eds.) Handbook of Social Justice Interventions in Education. Springer International Handbooks of Education.
Beatty, C. C., & Boettcher, M. L. (2019). My culture is not a costume: Institutional practices and racism. New Directions for Student Services, 2019(165), 39-49.
Boettcher, M. L., Babb, S., & Perez, C. (2019). Multicultural and diversity competence: Theory and its application. In N. Zhang & M. Howard-Hamilton, (Eds.) Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Student Affairs Practice: A Professional Competency-Based Approach (pp. 64-82). Charles C. Thomas Publisher.
Media, Opinion Pieces, & Editorials
Teaching is awesome.
EDSA 8080: Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Affairs
EDL 9500: Education Policy, Law, & Ethics
EDSA 8190: Contemporary College Student
EDL 9620: Governance in Higher Education
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