College Student Affairs Leadership Faculty
Karyn E. Rabourn
Director of the M.Ed. in Higher Education Program, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Counseling
B.A., M.A., Michigan State University; Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
Dr. Rabourn joined the faculty in August 2015 and earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. Dr. Rabourn completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University (IU) in 2016. At IU, Dr. Rabourn worked for the Center of Postsecondary Research with the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Project for Academic Success and served as an assessment consultant to the Division of Student Affairs. Dr. Rabourn worked at the University of Pittsburgh and Michigan State University within residential life, with a focus on recruitment, selection, and training of professional, graduate, and undergraduate staff members. Dr. Rabourn’s research interests include higher education finance, assessment of student affairs practice, and access, persistence and retention of non- or post-traditional and historically underrepresented students. Her current research examines college student attitudes towards student loan borrowing and debt and she hopes to uncover valuable information that will assist to improve practices and policies related to student borrowing.
Dr. Rabourn currently serves as the Program Director of the M.Ed. in Higher Education program and has taught Theories of College Student Development (EDH 647), Higher Education and Student Affairs Functions (EDH 651), The American College Student (EDH 652), Administration of Student Affairs Programs (EDH 653), Critical Issues in Higher Education (EDH 658), and advises master’s projects and theses (EDH 693/695).
Reginald A. Blockett
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Counseling
B.A., Saginaw Valley State University; M.Ed., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
Dr. Blockett joined the faculty in August 2018. He earned a B.A. in Sociology from Saginaw Valley State University, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (emphasis in Student Affairs) from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. His scholarly interests center on the sociocultural experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer collegians of color, doctoral students’ socialization, and social justice practice and pedagogies across educational contexts. Dr. Blockett’s current research agenda mobilizes intersectionality and queer of color critique to understand the worldmaking practices employed by Black queer graduate and undergraduate men at predominantly White and (hetero)cisnormative institutions in the Midwest. He is a proud native of Detroit, Michigan, where he first learned the value of family, community, and education. Prior to joining the GVSU faculty, Dr. Blockett worked as a visiting assistant professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He has worked professionally in higher education and student affairs at Rutgers University as a residence life coordinator and as an instructor to first-year women students at Douglass Residential College.
Dr. Blockett will be teaching Theories of College Student Development (EDH 647), Intervention Strategies for Student Development (EDH 655), supervised practice (EDH 685/686), as well as advise master’s projects and theses (EDH 693/695).
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Counseling
B.A., Baker University (Kansas); M.A., University of Kansas; M.S.W., University of Kansas; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Dr. Ozias joined the faculty in August 2020. She earned a B.A in English from Baker University (Kansas), an M.A. in English and M.S.W. (Social Welfare) from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (emphasis in Higher Education) from the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on equity in higher education practice, especially investigating white women’s racism and processes for creating educational spaces and curricula that resist racism and work toward racial justice. She uses critical whiteness and affect theories to understand how college experiences support and resist white women’s emotional and spatial investments in white supremacy. Dr. Ozias grew up in the rural Midwest in a family of teachers and farmers, and her background in social work informs her interest in community collaborations. Prior to joining the GVSU faculty, Dr. Ozias taught in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Student Affairs Administration program, and spent over 15 years working in higher education administration. She is also appointed as the Director of Research and Scholarship forACPA.
Dr. Ozias teaches courses in the Higher Education and College Student Affairs Leadership Programs, including Higher Education & Student Affairs Functions (EDH 651), The Adult Learner (EDH 648), Administration of Student Affairs Programs (EDH 653), and advises master’s theses and projects (EDH 693/695).
College Student Affairs Leadership Adjunct Faculty
Monica M. Fochtman
Adjunct Graduate Faculty
B.A., M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., Michigan State University
Dr. Fochtman is a senior student affairs professional with experience at multiple institutions and in various functional areas: academic advising; student success and retention; grant management; programming and leadership development; and residence life. She has worked at small, liberal arts colleges, and large, research-intensive universities. In 2016, Dr. Fochtman joined the adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University. She teaches EDH 647: Theories of College Student Development and EDH 655: Intervention Strategies for Student Development.
Monica earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College and her Ph.D. in higher, adult, and lifelong education (HALE) from Michigan State University. Her research interests include mid-career women, work-life negotiation strategies, and the intersection of motherhood and student affairs. She is a career coach, certified MBTI administrator, avid reader and frequent blogger.
Associate Dean of Students
B.A.A. Central Michigan University; M.P.A., Grand Valley State University; Ed.D., Eastern Michigan University
Aaron Haight has worked with the students at GVSU since 2000. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students overseeing student conduct, support, and intervention efforts as well as working with the CSAL Graduate Assistant Program. As assistant director of Student Life (2000 – 2013) she spent her first seven years advising the fraternity and sorority community and her last six years in the OSL coordinating the Transitions Orientation program and a variety of student organization services. Prior to coming to GVSU, Aaron worked as a project manager for Edison Schools, Inc. in New York City and as a special events and development coordinator at Special Olympics Michigan.
Aaron graduated with her Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Central Michigan University, her Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University, and her Doctor of Education from Eastern Michigan University. The title of her dissertation is “Examining the Impact of Student Involvement and Intercultural Experiences on Perceptions of Institutional Commitment to Diversity.
Aaron is also a facilitator of StrengthsQuest and True Colors. She consults with area K-12 schools in college access, hazing, and diversity initiatives. She is a past member of the Allendale Rotary and volunteered with the Allendale PTO, Allendale Youth Soccer Organization, and Allendale Little League. She currently serves as Vice President on the Allendale Public Schools Board of Trustees.