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.
I have found my calling as a faculty member. After working in residence life and student conduct in higher education, I now have the opportunity to work as a faculty member at Clemson University. I teach law, ethics, research, 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.
None of the books in the library image here is my biography.
Some Stuff I Have Written
Broadly speaking, my research focuses on community and senses of belonging in higher education. I have written on issues related to transitions for new faculty, the role of hazing in students' on campus involvement, and the career transition experiences of emerging student affairs professionals. My current areas of interest include college access and senses of belonging for first generation students; the roles of race, rurality, and poverty in the college-going process of students; and student affairs / higher education in popular culture.
WHEN HOME IS WHERE THE WORK IS
August 11, 2020
This OpEd focuses on the importance of higher ed administrators in attending to live-in residence life professionals during the time of pandemic. It includes recommendations on how to support staff in and beyond the work they are being called to do.
NAVIGATING ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE IN THE JOB SEARCH
Boettcher, M. L. (2019). Navigating organizational culture in the job search.
College Student Affairs Journal, 37(2), 98-113.
FROM COLLABORATIVE TO COLLEGIAL COMMUNITIES: TRANSITIONING FROM STUDENT AFFAIRS PRACTITIONER TO FACULTY
Boettcher, M. L., Kniess, D., & Benjamin, M. (2019). From collaborative to collegial communities: Transitioning from student affairs practitioner to faculty. Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs, 35(1) 5-22.
THE CULTIVATION OF SUPPORT NETWORKS BY STUDENTS OF COLOR IN A RESIDENCE HALL SETTING AT A PREDOMINANTLY WHITE INSTITUTION
Boettcher, M. L., Earnest, K., Eason, A., & Lewis, L. (in press). 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.
REFLECTIONS AND RESOURCES TO SUPPORT NAVIGATING TRANSITIONS
Boettcher, M. L., Walker-Donnelly, K., & Nunamaker, T. (2019). Reflections and resources to support navigating transitions. New Directions for Student Services.
CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON HAZING IN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: A GUIDE TO DISRUPTING HAZING CULTURE
Salinas, C., & Boettcher, M. L., Eds. (2018). Critical perspectives on hazing in colleges and universities: A guide to disrupting hazing culture. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
Teaching is awesome.
EDSA 8080: LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN STUDENT AFFAIRS
EDSA 8550: APPLIED RESEARCH AND EVALUATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION
EDSA 8190: CONTEMPORARY COLLEGE STUDENT
EDL 9620: GOVERNANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Here is some more stuff.
THE CONTEMPORARY COLLEGE STUDENT PODCAST
Student Affairs grad students exploring today's issues.
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