Dr. Christa J. Porter (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration in the College of Education, Health and Human Services (EHHS) and serves as one of the inaugural Faculty Affiliates within the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kent State University. She critically examines policies and practices that influence the development and trajectory of Black women in higher education at diverse institutional types; college student development; and research and praxis in higher education and student affairs. Dr. Porter’s work has appeared in various refereed education journals including Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP), and Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education (JWGHE; formerly NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education). Dr. Porter co-edited the award-winning book, Case studies for student development theory: Advancing social justice and inclusion in higher education (2020, Routledge). She currently serves on the editorial boards for JWGHE and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.
Prior to her tenure as a faculty member, she worked in various student and academic affairs offices at different institutional types. Dr. Porter is active in professional associations, namely ACPA – American College Personnel Association, 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 2021, she received the EHHS Students’ Choice Teaching Award (nominated and selected by students) for the second time. 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. in College Student Affairs Administration and an Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Studies Certificate at the University of Georgia, M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University
Qualitative Methodology and Methods
Outstanding Publication Award; NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Faculty Council. Awarded for Co-editing book: Case studies for student development theory: Advancing social justice and inclusion in higher education (2020, Routledge)
Students’ Choice Teaching Award, College of Education, Health and Human Services, Kent State University, 2021 & 2019
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