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College of Education

Michelle Boettcher

Associate Professor Professor

Office: 214 Gantt Circle (Gantt C
Phone: 864-656-1446
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Iowa State University 2013

M.Ed. Higher Education
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 1996

B.S. History
Iowa State University 1990


My background in student affairs - residence life, Assistant Dean of Students / Director of Judicial Affairs - sets the foundation for my work in the classroom and in my research. I work to foster a collaborative learning experience related to the preparation of student affairs professionals.

Courses Taught

EDC 8080, Legal & Ethical Issues in Student Affairs Practice
EDC 8110, Multicultural Counseling
EDC 8190, The Contemporary College Student
EDC 8440, Student Affairs Internship

EDL 7650, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
EDL 8390, Research Methods in Educational Leadership
EDL 8550, Applied Research and Evaluation in Higher Education
EDL 8850, Selected Topics (Student Affairs Orientation)
EDL 9500, Education Policy, Law, & Ethics
EDL 9550, Theory and Practice of Educational Leadership
EDL 9620, Higher Education Governance
EDL 9720, Ethics in Educational Leadership
EDL 9750, College Teaching
EDL 9800, Title IX and Sexual Misconduct in Higher Education
EDL 9860, (Doctoral) Research Internship
EDL 9880, Directed Research

EDSA 8030: Student Development Services in Higher Education
EDSA 8110: Multicultural Counseling (Social Justice in Student Affairs)
EDSA 8190: Contemporary College Student
EDSA 8400: Independent Study
EDSA 8440/8441 Student Affairs Internship

Research Interests

The Experiences of First-Generation College (FGC), Low-Income, Rural, and Other Historically Underrepresented Students
Community and Sense of Belonging in Higher Education
The Experiences of New Professionals in Student Affairs
Student Affairs and Higher Education in Popular Culture


Rural Black and Latinx students: Engaging community cultural wealth in higher education

A different kind of job search: Geographically focused searches after the completion of student affairs master’s programs

Negotiating Faculty Identity in the Transition from Student Affairs Practitioner to Tenure-Track Faculty

The cultivation of support networks by Students of Color in a residence hall setting at a predominantly White institution

Examining Leadership Development Through Student Leader Outdoor Recreation Training