Shelton Named Emerging International Researcher of University Student Educators



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Leslie Jo Shelton

Leslie Jo Shelton, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, was recently named an Emerging International Scholar of University Student Educators.

The program is an internationally competitive honor that supports, encourages, and honors early-career individuals who contribute to student affairs and graduate scholarships.

In addition to monthly meetings with her cohort of emerging scholars and events with past recipients and current principal investigators, Shelton will conduct grant-funded research study and engage in APAC’s leadership service. Her study focuses on understanding the identity development of college students through a photovoice-theoretical approach, which involves the sharing and discussion of photographs that are meaningful to participants. His APAC service commitments will include editing manuscripts for the Journal of College Student Developmentco-coordinating a convention presentation related to higher education/student affairs while teaching professional development and as a researcher in residence for an ACPA Coalition group.

Shelton said she was thrilled to be part of the two-year Emerging Scholars Program as it reflects her commitment to engaging in meaningful research that informs higher education and student affairs practice. It also facilitates her commitment to grow and serve through professional association leadership opportunities.

“As an early-career scholar and lifelong learner, participation in Emerging Scholars will help me continue to build lasting and meaningful relationships and engage as a member of the academic community of APAC,” she added.

Shelton is the program coordinator for the U of A Higher Education M.Ed. program at the College of Education and Health Professions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminology and a certificate in women’s studies from Ohio University, a master’s degree in student personnel from Ohio University, and a doctorate in education. graduate, adult, and tenure-track student from Michigan State University. His areas of teaching and scholarship focus on the learning and development of university students with a view to social justice and inclusion.

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