You can find Brian’s scholarship published in a variety of academic journals, including College and University, the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, The Qualitative Report, the Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry, and Research and Practice in Assessment. He also publishes chapters in edited volumes, and regularly presents at the SACSA and NASPA.

Brianlaughing-web

Publications

Using a CAS self-study to teach assessment practice (2017)

There are likely as many approaches to teaching assessment as there are people teaching assessment. Graduate courses on assessment can be structured with a singular focus, such as learning outcomes assessment, or along a competencies-based framework.The purpose of this article is to share reflections on an approach to teaching assessment...

Image of ancient ruins - broken inscribed capital set on top of columns

Advancing Toward Social Justice via Student Affairs Inquiry (2017)

Inquiry represents deep learning through a process of seeking answers to questions. Our ‘why’ in connecting student affairs inquiry to social justice is not likely self-evident. Social justice relies on connected actions, whereas through our approaches to assessment in student affairs, we have traditionally favored research-related activities that strive to...

Image of a page in the dictionary, focused on the word "dictionary"

Meaning and implications of being labelled a predominantly White institution (2016)

The term predominantly White Institution frequently gets tossed around without thought to its significance. In this article, the author using Critical Race Theory as a lens to examine the term predominantly White institution. Through this analysis, the author highlights whiteness is embedded into institutional practices of predominately White institutions. College &...

scrabble tiles spelling "change"

SEM: A cultural change agent (2015)

The authors advance the concept that institutional culture is a purposeful framework by which to view SEM’s utility, particularly as a cultural change agent. Through the connection of seemingly independent functions of performance and behavior, implications emerge that deepen the understanding of the influence of culture on performance outcomes when...

word cloud of words connected to "identity" set inside silhouette of person with arms raised

Positionality: Reflecting on the research process (2014)

Through this article, the author provides a reflection on the role of positionality in research, following the completion of a qualitative research project. Through the research project, the White researcher sought to explore the ways in which students of color experience a predominantly White university. Drawing on literature and findings...

Crowd of graduates at graduation ceremony tossing graduation caps into the air

African American persistence at a predominantly White institution (2012)

Persistence in college among African American students continues to remain low compared to persistence among White students. Often, the focus in examining this issue has been on institution-wide retention efforts, which can ignore socio-cultural elements that can influence the decisions of individual students to persist at an institution. However, persistence...

The word "impact" in bold black type on blank background

Perceptions of the impact of intercollegiate athletics on campus: Examining division along the intersection of race and athlete status among college students (2011)

The salience of student perceptions impacting campus climate is well noted (Strange & Banning, 2001), with a division in perceptions across racial diversity (Chang, 2003), among other factors. Little research, however, has explored the extent to which racial diversity has interacted with intercollegiate athletics to impact campus climate. The current...

silhouette of person standing with arm cocked and thumb pointing back to himself

A new me generation? The increasing self-interest among millennial college students

Each new generation of college-goers presents a new set of challenges for faculty and student affairs educators, and the Millennial Generation has certainly done so since they began arriving on college campuses. Research suggests that characteristics unique to most Millennials are that they are highly motivated and high-achieving. Their ambitions...