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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Affiliate Scholars

The purpose of the Affiliate Scholars Program is to advance the Center’s research on student success in key transition points in higher education and engage national and international scholars in targeted activities. Affiliate Scholars are integral to the Center’s high-quality research on postsecondary student success, assisting in the continued expansion our research capacity.

Current Affiliate Scholars


Bryce Bunting

Bryce Bunting Headshot

Bryce D. Bunting, Ph.D, is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Student Development Services at Brigham Young University (BYU), in Provo, Utah, with a concurrent appointment in the Academic Support Office.  In these roles, he teaches courses exploring deep learning and student success, and advises students in academic recovery.  The former Associate Director of the Office of First-Year Experience, Bunting is still highly involved in admissions, orientation, and the first-year experience at BYU, serving on the Executive Committee for Thriving and the Undergraduate Admissions Committee. 

Project: International Survey of Peer Leaders

Jeffrey Mayo

Jeff Mayo HeadshotJeffrey Mayo, Ph.D., is Assistant Director of First-Year Experience Office at the University of Texas at Austin. In this role, he leads the Transfer-Year Experience program, designed to support students through the academic transition to campus. Informed and motivated by his own transfer experience, Mayo aims to reduce friction in the transfer process and highlight the value these students add to their new institution.

Project: National Survey of Transfer Student Initiatives

Dallin George Young

Dallin George Young HeadshotDallin George Young, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the College Student Affairs Administration and Student Affairs Leadership graduate programs at the University of Georgia.  His research focuses on a line of inquiry that investigates how novices are trained, socialized, and educated as they move from the periphery to full participation in academic communities of practice. His research and practice includes: theoretical perspectives to interrogate student transitions into the academy; how graduate and professional students learn the rules, knowledge, and culture of their fields; the transformative potential for students engaged in peer leadership; and the (differential) impacts of educational structures on the success of students in transition.

Projects: Advising Success Network and International Survey of Peer Leaders

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