Kelly Dunn '18 Ed.D., Named Recipient of Research Award

Kelly Dunn ’18 Ed.D., director of new student orientation & support programs, was named the recipient of the 2018 National Association of Higher Education Parent and Family Program Professionals (AHEPPP) Outstanding Contribution to Research and/or Literature Award. This award is presented to a professional who has had an impact on the body of knowledge about, and practices of, engaging parents and families in an institution of higher learning, and whose achievements have advanced the profession. Dunn has presented on her research on a number of occasions and is seen as an expert in field of student grit, parent involvement and student success.

  • On November 12, Dunn presented at the National Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA) Regional Conference at the RI Convention Center on the topic of Parenting and Grit: Why it Matters to Student Affairs.

  • On November 20, Dunn presented at the inaugural Symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education (SARHE) sponsored by Harvard University on the topic of Investigating Parenting Style and College Student Grit: Beyond Resilience. 

Read Dunn’s dissertation, Investigating Parenting Style and College Student Grit at a Private Mid-Sized New England University.

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