Higher Education doctoral students attend ASHE research conference


Higher Education Program faculty and graduate students at the 2013 ASHE Conference in St. Louis.

Last fall, the College of Education's Higher Education Program was well represented at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) held in St. Louis. The ASHE conference is an opportunity for graduate students to present their research to a national audience and receive peer-reviewed feedback for their work. The Bill J. Priest Center supported students who presented at the conference through travel scholarships, and the center also sponsored the pre-conference Barbara K. Townsend Lecture.

Several graduate students and five fulltime faculty from the program participated in the conference by serving on the ASHE Program Committee; introducing ASHE award winners; working as session discussants and chairs; presenting research papers, roundtables, and poster sessions; and providing leadership to different ASHE groups. They were also able to connect with a number of UNT alumni and friends who were at the conference, including Rodney Garrett, Soko Starobin, and David Hardy.

Above: Robert Teranishi (left) and Amanda Hamm

"ASHE provides the ultimate experience for doctoral students to connect with other graduate students, researchers, and faculty from all over the country who have similar research interests," said Amanda Hamm, a current doctoral student and conference attendee.

"For example, one week you're citing work from a well-known scholar in a research paper or your dissertation, and then before you know it, you're having a personal conversation with that well-known scholar at the ASHE conference," said Hamm. "I met Dr. Robert Teranishi, who is nationally recognized for his research on the educational experiences and outcomes of Asian American and Pacific Islander students. I am researching Asian American community college students, so it was a remarkable experience to meet him!"

"It was a pleasure to see the large number of UNT Higher Education Program students and faculty participating in the 2013 ASHE conference," said Dr. Beverly Bower, the Don A. Buchholz Endowed Chair, Director of the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education and Professor in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education.

"ASHE is the research conference for those who study higher education," added Bower. "Participation in ASHE provides our students an inside look at the higher education research community and the opportunity to network with well-known researchers and graduate student peers at other universities."