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Retired & Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Eugene Melander served as a faculty affiliate, Center for Study of Higher Education in the College of Education. As a senior academic administrator, Dr. Melander's responsibilities extended to strategic planning, curriculum and enrollment management, academic assessment, and academic and administrative information systems. His continuing scholarly interests include: strategies to bridge academic organizational theory/practice gaps; organizational communications and learning in higher education; information and communication systems in support of teaching and learning; collaboration in curricular and co-curricular programming; and internationalizing the curriculum. As a faculty affiliate in the CSHE, he participates in research and analysis projects and provides consultation services with on- and off-campus agencies. Dr. Melander received a B.B.A. In General Business in 1953, an MA in Economics in 1960, and a Ph.D. in Economics in 1966, all from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Patrick T. Terenzini is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education. Terenzini's research examines the effects of college on student learning and development, persistence, and educational attainment. He has received research grants totaling more than $13 million from such organizations as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Sloan Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. He is co-author (with Ernest T. Pascarella) of the two-volume How College Affects Students (Jossey-Bass, 1991 and 2005), an award-winning synthesis of thirty years of research on the impacts of the college experience on students. The first volume was selected as "one of the 100 most important and influential books about U.S. colleges and universities published in the 20th century." Terenzini has also published more than 130 articles in refereed journals and made more than 250 presentations at scholarly and professional conferences. He is a former editor-in-chief of New Directions for Institutional Research, associate editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and editorial board member for The Review of Higher Education. He has been a consulting editor for Research in Higher Education for 30 years.

He has received the research awards of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the student affairs associations of the states of New York and Pennsylvania. He is a three-time winner of the Forum Best Paper Award from the Association for Institutional Research and received the William Elgin Wickenden Award from the American Society for Engineering Education for the best paper published in the Journal of Engineering Education in 2001. Most recently, Terenzini was named the first recipient of the Sphere of Influence Award, given jointly by ACPA and NASPA, an award to be given only once each decade. Terenzini is also a trustee of Dean College (MA) and a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Dr. M. Lee Upcraft holds a Ph.D. in student personnel administration from Michigan State University. He served in various student affairs administrative positions until his retirement as Assistant Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs and Affiliate Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at Penn State. His research interests include residence halls, student retention, transition to college, student affairs management, minority-majority relations, and assessment. His most recent book, Assessment for Student Affairs (edited with John Schuh and Associates) was published by Jossey-Bass.

Dr. James Fredericks Volkwein is professor emeritus and has a forty-year career as a researcher, administrator, and faculty member since receiving a bachelor's degree from Pomona College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. With interests in policy analysis and organizational effectivness, he is especially well known for his studies and workshops in accreditation, assessing student learning outcomes, alumni studies, strategic planning and enrollment management, state regulation, and institutional research. Currently an Emeritus faculty member, he continues to direct Penn State's on-line program for training institutional researchers.

Dr. Volkwein has produced more than 100 journal articles, research reports, conference papers, and book chapters. For 11 years, he served as Editor-in-chief for the Jossey-Bass series, New Directions for Institutional Research, continues as its Associate Editor, and is a consulting editor for three other higher education journals. A winner of the AIR Suslow Award for Distinguished Scholarship, and the AIR Outstanding Service Award, he also served as President of the North East Association for Institutional Research and received its Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Volkwein chaired the Middle States committee that produced the monograph Framework for Outcomes Assessment and is a frequent consultant in the areas of assessment, accreditation, and planning.