J. Cody Nielsen is the Executive Director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Minnesota, President of the National Campus Ministry Association, serves as an advisor for Ask Big Questions, an initiative of Hillel, and serves on the board of the North American Interfaith Network. From 2013-2014, Cody completed a twenty-five school research study concerning how public universities consider religious engagement on their campus.
Tim Clydesdale is professor of sociology at The College of New Jersey. A first-generation college graduate, he earned his baccalaureate degree at Wheaton College (IL), and completed his Ph.D. at Princeton University. After two years of teaching at Gordon College, Clydesdale joined The College of New Jersey, where he has also served as department chair, faculty senator, and faculty representative to the Board of Trustees. Invited to speak at more than 50 colleges, universities, and scholarly associations across the U.S, his research has been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. His study of the post-high school transition culminated in The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School (University of Chicago Press, 2007). His evaluation of an 88-campus, Lilly Endowment initiative, titled The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation, was published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press. Presently, he is finishing a collaborative project on the Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults, with a book entitled: The Twentysomething Soul: Understanding the Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Young Adults.