Ph.D., Higher Education & Student Affairs, Indiana University, 1997
M.A., Higher Education & Student Affairs, The Ohio State University, 1987
Teaching and Research Interests:
Dr. Branch's teaching and research interests center on adult development and learning in relationship to diverse students in collegiate settings, environmental theory and assessment in higher education, and college student retention and educational attainment. She has particular expertise in qualitative inquiry, including using photography as a visual research method.
Courses Taught Currently:
Branch, K., Perrelli, K., & True, E. (2006, November). Back to basics: Using student development theories to enhance professional practice. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region 1 Conference, Portland, ME.
Branch, K., Roy-Butler, C., & Stewart, C. (2006, November). Crossing the great divide: Enhancing student development through understanding faculty culture. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region 1 Conference, Portland, ME.
Branch, K. (2004, April). Lasting impressions?: How initial environmental perceptions impacted African American students. Emerging Scholar presentation at the American College Personnel Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.
Branch, K. (2003). Visual methods. In F. K. Stage & K. Manning (Eds.), Research in the college context (pp. 115-128). New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.
Branch, K., Taylor, A., & Douglas, J. (2003). Identifying the merits of sophomore involvement in new student orientation. Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 11, 18-26.
Branch Douglas, K. (1998). [Review of the book The senior year experience: Facilitating integration, reflection, closure, and transition by J.N. Gardner, G. Van der Veer, & Associates]. Journal of College Student Development, 39, 529-532.
Branch Douglas, K. (1998). Impressions: African American first-year students’ perceptions of a predominantly white university. The Journal of Negro Education, 67, 416-431.
Kuh, G. D., Branch Douglas, K., Lund, J. P., & Ramin-Gyurnek, J. (1994). Student learning outside the classroom: Transcending artificial boundaries (ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 8.). Washington, DC: The George Washington University, School of Education and Human Development.
Selected Service & Recognition:
Pre-Professional & Professional CSP Experience
In addition to her work now as a full-time faculty member, Dr. Branch has experience in the following functional areas of higher education:
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