Chris Heasley, Ed.D.
Chris Heasley joined the Saint Joseph’s (SJU) faculty in a full-time capacity in fall 2016. Prior to this faculty role, Dr. Heasley served as a university administrator at both public and private institutions of higher education. In his current position, his research focuses on the interconnectedness between educational environments and student outcomes in areas related to psychosocial development (e.g., sense of belonging and communal association) and socially constructed identities (e.g., race, gender, religious ideology, and intersectionality. His scholarly work is published in Educational Studies, Journal for Online Learning, Journal of College and University Student Housing, Learning to Give, Conversations Jesuit Blog, MACUHO Magazine, ACUHO-I Talking Stick, and Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly. A recent co-authored publication titled, Completing the Cycle: What Factors Should Campus Housing Leaders Consider as They Strive to Prove the Link Between Hall Design and Student Success, received national acclaim as the ACUHO-I Robert Cooke Talking Stick Article of the Year Award. Currently, he is studying transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming student experiences at Jesuit institutions of higher education in America and also continues to research and speak nationally on the influence of Public-Private Partnerships on colleges and universities. He teaches courses on advanced quantitative research in education; educational leaders as researcher and reflective practitioner; strategic institutional planning; and educational environments and community relations.
Dr. Heasley received his BA in Graphic Design from the University of Texas at Arlington, his MS in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University - Bloomington, IN, and his Doctorate in Education in 2013 from Saint Joseph's University. His dissertation titled, "Students Sense of Community Based on Experiences with Residence Hall Design" was nominated for the Nicholas Rashford Award.
Journal Articles (Referred)
- Heasley, C. (accepted). Heteronormativity and gender issues in education: Representing silent voices through radical re-imagination in empirical research. Educational Studies.
- Heasley, C. L., & Terosky, A. L. (2020, presented at ASHE annual conference). Grappling with complexity: Faculty perspectives on the influence of community engaged teaching on student learning.Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 24(2), 19-35.
- Heasley, C., Boone, K., & Davidson, D. (2020; presented at ACUHO-I annual conference). Empirical comparison of sense of community outcomes for students in campus halls and public private partnership developed housing. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 46 (2), 46-65
- Terosky, A. L., & Heasley, C. L. (June 2015). Supporting online faculty through a sense of community and collegiality. Journal for Online Learning - (formerly The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks), 19 (3), 145-161. [23% Acceptance rate]
- Heasley, C. L. (Fall 2012). Dewey’s curriculum model for education and traditional curriculum models: Differences and implications of these curriculum models for our educational systems and democracy in our society. Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, 6(3), 264-275.
Journal Articles (Editorial Reviewed)
- Heasley, C., Boone, K., & Davidson, D. (2018, February). Comparing students’ sense of community based on lived experiences in a campus residence hall or public private partnership developed facility. [White paper] . Association of College and University Housing Officers – International.
- Heasley, C. & Palestini, R. (accepted/contracted). Leading with mind and heart: Leadership for advancing k-12 and higher education . New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Heasley, C. & Palestini, R. (accepted/contracted). Aligning mind and heart: Organization dynamics for advancing k-12 and higher education . New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Heasley, C. L., (2021). More than a data point: Validating authentic identities through ICT-conscious Practices. In J. M. Breen, A. Visvizi, & M. D. Lytras (Eds.), Leadership in higher education: The encounter with chaos in an ICT-conscious institution (What faculty, staff and administrators can do to thrive amidst the chaos) (pp. 151-164). London, UK: Emerald Publishing. (Double-blind peer reviewed).
Additional Publications (Editorial Reviewed)
- Heasley, C. L. (2019, June). Public private partnership housing and sense of community. MACUHO Magazine.
- Heasley, C. L. (2019, April 15). Spring a time for awakening: Supporting transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-binary students on Jesuit campuses [Blog post]. Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.conversationsmagazine.org/columns/2019/4/15/spring-a-time-for-awakening
- Heasley, C., Lengowski, F., Haapala, K., & Dunkel, N. (Fall 2015). Completing the cycle: What factors should campus housing leaders consider as they strive to prove the link between hall design and student success? ACUHO-I Talking Stick. Columbus, OH. Bob P. Cooke Talking Stick Article of the Year Award Recipient.
- Heasley, C. L. (Fall 2011). Taming the multi-headed beast: Optimized occupancy management means you’ll find a place for everything (um, everyone) and for everything (sorry…everyone) a place. ACUHO-I Talking Stick. Columbus, OH.
- Heasley, C. L. (2002). Phoebe Hearst. Learning To Give. Retrieved from: http://learningtogive.org/papers/paper102.html
- Conn, K., Heasley, C., Boone, K., & Erosa, D. (2018-2021). Recipient of ACUHO-I Research Grant awarded $7,000 in research funding for RA pathways: an international analysis of the paraprofessional role.
- Heasley, C. , Boone, K., & Davidson, D. (2016-2018). Recipient of ACUHO-I Research Grant awarded $7,000 in research funding to investigate differences in sense of community based on experiences in privately developed versus university owned facilities. [Heasley (PI)]
- Heasley, C. (Presenter). (2020, November). More than a data point: Validating authentic identities through information and communication technology-conscious practice. Saint Joseph’s University DEI Speaker Series.
- Burr, K., Ewald, J., Heasley, C. (Moderator), Lipton, A., & Mezey, J. (2020, July). Academic integrity masterclass. Saint Joseph’s University
- Heasley, C., Boone, K., & Davidson, D. (Presenters/Producers). (2018, February). Campus housing and P3s (public private partnerships): A comparison study of resident students’ sense of community [Video webinar]. Retrieved from https://www.acuho-i.org/
- Heasley, C. L. (2013). Students' sense of community based on experiences with residence hall design (Order No. 3575132). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection. (1459735278).
- Recipient of ACUHO-I Research Grant (2018-2019)
- Recipient of ACUHO-I Research Grant (2016-2017)
- Received Bob P. Cooke Talking Stick Article of the Year Award (2016) for the article, Completing the Cycle: What Factors Should Campus Housing Leaders Consider as They Strive to Prove the Link Between Hall Design and Student Success? ACUHO-I Talking Stick. Columbus, OH.
- Nominated for Drexel University President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award (2016)
- Recipient of Drexel University President’s Award (2014)
- Nominated for Nicholas Rashford Award for Dissertation of the Year (2013)
- Named Faculty Advisor of the Year 2007, 2013, Saint Joseph’s University
- Member of the following notable academic societies: Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Honor Society (inducted 2013); National Golden Key Honor Society (inducted 1996); Omicron Delta Kappa (inducted 1997); Order of Omega (inducted 1997)