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Gwynedd Mercy University Assistant Professor Tiffany Cresswell-Yeager, PhD received the Outstanding Service to NASPA Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators at their virtual annual conference last week. Dr. Cresswell-Yeager teaches in GMercyU’s doctoral programs in educational leadership.
Dr. Cresswell-Yeager has been a regional representative for NASPA and currently serves as Research Coordinator for NASPA’s Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education (SCIHE) Knowledge Community (KC).
“When working with her region, Tiffany was (and is) a champion for the knowledge community, helping to recruit new members, promote programming and scholarship, and working directly with her regional leadership to encourage sessions for the regional conferences. In her time as Research Coordinator, Tiffany has already hit the ground running by creating a research spotlight newsletter, which addresses important and timely topics to the knowledge community,” said the NASPA in a statement.
“I'm honored to be recognized by my NASPA SCIHE colleagues,” Dr. Cresswell-Yeager said. “It is a privilege to work with many brilliant and devoted scholar-practitioners that support awareness, programming, and scholarship around social class in higher ed.”
The SCIHE knowledge community, Dr. Cresswell-Yeager explained, demonstrates a commitment to social justice and equity through opportunities for developing dialogue around relevant experiences and research in the field of higher education related to social class.
“This work gives me a space to learn about and reflect on the challenges faced by low income and working-class students, faculty, and staff throughout higher education,” said Dr. Cresswell-Yeager. “I apply this learning in my courses to help our doctoral students create awareness of social class issues and seek solutions for these complex institutional challenges."