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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

Phone: 801-422-2723
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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

Catherine Hartman


Catherine Hartman, Ph.D., is an Assistant Teaching Professor, ELPHD, and Faculty Scholar for the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at NC State University.

Prior to her work at NC State University, Catherine served as a post-doctoral research associate at the National Resource Center. She also served as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Community College Student Engagement and at the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin and as a graduate assistant in the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Academic Advising at the College of William & Mary.

Catherine’s research focuses on community college student persistence and engagement, student transfer from community colleges to four-year schools, undergraduate transfer student identity development, and linguistically diverse students’ experiences in postsecondary contexts.   

Jennifer Keup

Phone: 801-422-2723
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Jennifer Keup, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) and Vice President of Urban Initiatives at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), where she provides leadership for all the organization’s operational, programmatic, strategic, and scholarly activities. Keup’s research interests focus on two complementary areas of scholarship: (a) the first-year experience and students in transition and (b) high-impact practices and institutional interventions. Under the umbrella of this agenda, she has engaged in scholarly work, leadership, teaching, and service on many topics, including college student characteristics; the impact of college on students; student access, development, learning, and success; curriculum and student services; peer leadership; community colleges and transfer; student performance, adjustment, and attainment; and institutional effectiveness and assessment. 

Projects: Advising Success Network

Dallin George Young

Office: 413E Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602
Resources: Curriculum Vitae (PDF), Google Scholar Profile, Research Gate Profile

Dallin 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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