Dr. Christa J. Porter is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at Kent State University. Her primary line of inquiry examines the development and trajectory of Black women in higher education at diverse institutional types. Specifically, she explores identity development and socialization processes of Black college women and faculty. Additional lines of inquiry include college student development, and research and praxis in higher education and student affairs. Her service to the academy and profession are guided by both a critical transformative and co-constructive framework. Her praxis is framed within Black feminist thought and intersectionality. Prior to Kent State, she served four years as a Fixed term Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Student Affairs Administration masters program at Michigan State University. Prior to joining the academy, she worked in a variety of student and academic affairs offices at different institutional types.
Dr. Porter is active in professional associations, namely ACPA – College Student Educators International, ASHE – Association for the Study of Higher Education, and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and has received national awards for her scholarship and teaching. Most recently in 2019, she received the College of Education, Health and Human Services’ inaugural Student’s Choice Teaching Award (nominated and selected by students); in 2018, she was recognized as one of ACPA’s Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professionals, and in 2017 was selected as one of ACPA’s five Emerging Scholars.
Ph.D. Counseling and Student Personnel Services (with a specialization in College Student Affairs Administration), Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Studies Certificate, University of Georgia, 2013, Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services (with a specialization in College Student Affairs Administration), Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Studies Certificate, University of Georgia, 2013, M.A. Higher Education, University of Maryland - College Park, 2006, B.A. Social Relations and Policy, Michigan State University, 2004
Qualitative Methodology and Methods
Students’ Choice Teaching Award, College of Education, Health and Human Services, Kent State University, 2019
Associate Editor, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 2018 – present
Featured as one of Fall 2018 Researchers, College of Education, Health and Human Services, Kent State University
Advancing Diversity Scholarship Award, University College and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kent State University, 2018
Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award, American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 2018
Member, Diversity Scholars Network, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan, 2017 – present
Emerging Scholar, American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 2017-2019
Emerging Scholar in Residence, Coalition for Women’s Identities, ACPA, 2016 – 2018
Research and Scholarship Award, Coalition for Women’s Identities, ACPA, 2015
Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award Runner Up, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), 2014
Dissertation of the Year Award Runner Up, American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, 2014
School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration