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K-State Today

April 1, 2011

Student advocate Gwendolyn Dungy discusses learning outcomes and student diversity in Chester E. Peters lecture

Submitted by Julie Fosberg

A longtime national advocate for students will deliver the 2011 Chester E. Peters Lecture on Student Development at Kansas State University.

Gwendolyn Dungy, executive director of NASPA, an association for student affairs administrators in higher education, will present "Achieving Student Learning Outcomes: The Challenge of Educating the New Diversity of Students" at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, in Town Hall at the K-State Leadership Studies Building. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. It's sponsored by the College of Education dean's office and organized by the department of special education, counseling and student affairs. Lecture attendance can be used as professional meeting hours.

Dungy has been executive director of NASPA since 1995, pursuing a number of initiatives to enhance the association's role in public policy, research, professional development and student learning and assessment, with a particular interest in increasing the veteran student population. Internationally she has increased alliances and collaborations between NASPA and higher education-related associations and nonprofit groups in other nations. This work includes traveling to Jordan, at the request of U.S. Department of Education and Department of State, to represent student affairs and moderate a panel addressing community colleges in the Middle East and North Africa. She was a consultant to the Center for Higher Education Transformation in South Africa, which worked for the establishment of a national association for student services professionals in the country. She also represented U.S. student affairs at the 50th anniversary of the National Academy of Education Administration in Beijing, China. 

Dungy is the author of numerous articles about higher education in books, journal and magazines, including in the book "Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience." She also is a contributing author of "Learning Reconsidered II: A Practical Guide to Implementing a Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience." She consults regularly for colleges, universities, corporation and government agencies on strategic planning and leadership, and has given frequent presentations at national meetings, institutes, conference and professional development events.

A licensed psychologist and a national certified professional counselor and career counselor, Dungy earned a bachelor's and a master's from Eastern Illinois University, a master's from Drew University and a doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

The Chester E. Peters Lectures in Student Development Series was established in 1983 and named in honor of Peters, a longtime vice president for student affairs at K-State, for his many contributions to students and the student personnel profession. More information about the lecture series is available at http://www.k-state.edu/chetpeters.