Theresa Lyon

Theresa (Lyon) Little

Title: Graduate Student 2013-2015


  • Master of Education (MEd) College Student Affairs Leadership - Grand Valley State University
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources - George Mason University


Publications & Presentations:


Undocumented Latino College Students and Identity Development: A Qualitative Analysis of Undocumented Latino College Students’ Movement Towards Developing Purpose

Undocumented Latino college students face numerous legal, social, and financial barriers as they attempt to pursue a postsecondary degree. The psychosocial stressors that accompany being labeled as an undocumented immigrant put these students at risk of disengaging from their postsecondary education as they face limited career options and social rejection. Researchers have noted the psychosocial development that occur as students transition to an adult identity, yet little research has been done on how undocumented Latino college students navigate barriers to their identity develop and attempt to define their purpose as not only college students, but members of U.S. Society. This thesis explores how undocumented Latino college students develop a sense of purpose as a result of their psychosocial identity development that occurs during their postsecondary experiences. This study utilizes hermeneutic phenomenological methods to interpret how the narratives provided by study participants reflected Chickering and Reisser’s definition of developing purpose, as well as the barrier navigation that occurs as undocumented students face the challenges of pursuing a postsecondary education within an ambiguous legal climate.



Lyon, Theresa D. (2015) "Editor’s Corner: Engaging with Research: A Reflection on Context and Emotional Connections," College Student Affairs Leadership: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 2. 
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Lyon, Theresa D. (2014) "Understanding the Undocumented Student Experience: Proposing a Unified Model of Ethnic and Moral Development," College Student Affairs Leadership: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 3. 
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Book Review:

Lyon, T. (2014). Review of the book Discovering Your Personality Type. The Journal of the National Academic Advising Association, 34(1).


Presentation at 2015 Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA) Annual Conference:

#ThinkingCaps: Making Time for Dialogue, Debate and Critical Consciousness (Co-Presenter with Amanda Clark)

In dealing with the day-to-day concerns of students, advisors often have little time to reflect on the larger issues that impact their society and profession. What if we took the time to press “pause” and consider how social media movements such as #blacklivesmatter or policy trends like net neutrality are interacting with the lived experiences of advising professionals, students, and faculty? In this seminar-like session, the facilitators will lead an interactive discussion on how current events may impact our work as advising professionals. Attendees will be critical consumers of information, participate in lively discussions, and practice critical consciousness around topics that are socially relevant to our work with students.



Michigan Academic Advising Association (MIACADA) - Outstanding Advisor-Graduate Student - 2015

Academic Excellence in the College Student Affairs Leadership, M. Ed. program

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) - NACADA Graduate Student Annual Conference Scholarship Recipient - 2014

Graduate Dean's Citations for Excellence - Outstanding Master's Thesis Award


Where is she now:

  • Academic  Advisor, Carl H. Lindner College of Business - University of Cincinnati - 2015-Present

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