Dr. Laura E. Sponsler is appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor, Higher Education in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Dr. Sponsler received her doctoral degree in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Joseph’s University and a master’s degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, Dr. Sponsler served as the founding director for NASPA’s Lead Initiative, a project recognizing a network of nearly 100 postsecondary institutions for their commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement.
Prior to her scholarly work, Dr. Sponsler served as a practitioner in student affairs. She coordinated the Franklin Community at the University of Pennsylvania, which is dedicated to developing civic leaders for an increasingly democratic and culturally complex world. Dr. Sponsler also served as the Assistant Director of Service-Learning in an immersion program along the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico as well as coordinated service and leadership programming at Cabrini College.
Stephanie Gordon serves as the vice president for professional development at NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She joined the association in 2003 as the director of educational programs. Since that time, the association has more than doubled in size to more than 15,500 members. She supervises a professional development team at the largest, most comprehensive student affairs association in the United States.
Prior to joining NASPA, Stephanie served as director of residence life and coordinator of first-year programs at Chatham University, assistant director of residence life, staff development, and training at Colgate University, and assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Simmons College. Her research interests focus on student retention, persistence, and readiness to learn. Stephanie also focuses on assisting student affairs educators in their daily work on campus. She has co-authored a chapter in Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession and authored a chapter in the forthcoming edition of The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration. Stephanie received her B.A. in English literature and political science from Simmons College and earned her Ed.M. in higher education administration at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is currently a doctoral student in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Marybeth Drechsler Sharp is Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). She completed her doctorate in College Student Personnel at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), where she also has served as an adjunct instructor and internship supervisor. Previously, she worked with leadership and service-learning in UMD's College Park Scholars living-learning program and in residence life at the University of Missouri and the University of Central Missouri. Drechsler Sharp served as a research team member for the National Study of Living-Learning Programs and Autoethnographic Research Group. She has researched and presented on topics of student learning outcomes, leadership self-efficacy, dimensions of identity development, student engagement in living-learning environments, and the motives and experiences of faculty members involved with living-learning programs.