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Michelle Boettcher

Assistant 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
EDL 8550, Applied Research and Evaluation in Higher Education
EDL 9620, Higher Education Governance
EDL 9860, (Doctoral) Research Internship
EDC 8190, The Contemporary College Student
EDC 8110, Multicultural Counseling
EDL 9720, Ethics in Educational Leadership
EDL 8390, Applied Research and Evaluation in Higher Education
EDC 8440, Student Affairs Internship
EDL 7650, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

Research Interests

The experiences of first-generation college (FGC), low-income, and rural students
Community and sense of belonging in higher education
The experiences of new professionals in student affairs
Higher education law and policy – especially Title IX and hazing in higher education


A Document Analysis and History of Hazing
Co-Curricular Learning Experiences of Peer Judicial Board Members
Negotiating Faculty Identity in the Transition from Student Affairs Practitioner to Tenure-Track Faculty
But Did it Really Matter? Wakonse Lessons on Faculty Reflection in Community
Examining Leadership Development Through Student Leader Outdoor Recreation Training