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College of Education

Tony W. Cawthon

Alumni Distinguished Professor Student Affairs and Higher Ed

Office: 211B Gantt Circle
Phone: 864-656-5100
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

PhD Counselor Education-Student Development
Mississippi State University 1995

MA Sociology
University of Tennessee 1983

BA Sociology/Honors Psychology
University of Tennessee 1981


I serves as an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Student Affairs and Higher Education at Clemson University in Department of Educational Organizational and Leadership. Development. I previously served as department head and program coordinator of the Student Affairs Graduate Preparation program and prior to becoming faculty, I worked as a university housing professional at Clemson University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

I have written and presented nationally and internationally on career/ professional development, inclusion and equity, and student affairs administrative issues. I have written numerous edited books, book chapters and articles in scholarly journals such as the NASPA Journal, the College Student Affairs Journal, the Journal of College and University Student Housing, and the Journal of College Orientation and Transition. I am the co-editor of three New Directions for Student Services publications and is co-editor of ACUHO-I Core Competencies: The Body of knowledge for Campus Housing Professional.

I have a strong history of professional association service: ACUHO-I (Knowledge Enhancement, Director, Program Chair, and editor of the Journal of College and University Student Housing); ACPA (Director of Research and Scholarship, Senor Scholar, and on the editorial board for The Journal of College Student Development); NASPA (Chair of Dissertation of the Year committee, and editorial board member for Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice); and SACSA (President and editor of The College Student Affairs Journal). He is an ACUHO-I Parthenon recipient, ACPA Diamond Honoree, and NASPA Pillar of the Profession

Courses Taught

EDSA 8030 Introduction to Student Services
EDSA 8040 Student Development Theory
EDSA 8090 Higher Education Administration
EDSA 8340 Student Affairs Practicum
EDSA 8440 Student Affairs Internship
EDSA 8060 Issues in Student Affairs

Research Interests

Career and Professional Development
Inclusion and Equity
LGBT Issues
Student Affairs Administrative Issues