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We know, we know. You’re either too busy to think about integrating scholarly work into your day-to-day work, or it just doesn’t fit in what you do on your campus. However, NACA’s Research and Scholarship Group (RSG) believes otherwise.

Integrating scholarly work won’t add hundreds of hours to your already packed work-weeks and can be incredibly easy and applicable to your daily work. RSG, through its Research Agenda, undertakes several projects each year to increase and legitimize the work done by all of us in campus activities in research, evaluation, assessment and scholarship, adding valuable information to the national discourse in higher education. Check out the first part of this webinar series to learn about RSG’s current projects, discuss how professionals easily and meaningfully integrate scholarly work in their daily practice, and explore the foundations of assessment, evaluation, research and scholarship in student activities work.


Zachary N. Clark is the Director of Student Activities and Assessment for the Student Cooperative Association at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He earned a master's degree in student affairs in higher education from IUP, and previously earned a bachelor's degree in history and secondary education from Saint Vincent College (PA). In addition to working professionally in student affairs for ten years, he has also served as a mental health professional and has been honored for community service. Zach is committed to professional development for higher education professionals, and actively publishes and presents on a variety of topics, including generational studies, assessment and evaluation, campus activities programming, and sharing the impact of student affairs work.

Zeak Naifeh is the Dean of Student Services at Cameron University (OK).

Kaitlyn Schmitt is the Assistant Director for Student Involvement at George Mason University (VA), where she is passionate about assessment. She has facilitated educational sessions, presented webinars, and authored articles about assessment basics, survey design, learning outcomes, exit interviews, and more. Active in NACA, she currently serves on the Research & Scholarship Group, and she formerly served as the chair of the Education Advisory Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame (IN) and a master’s degree in higher education from Boston College (MA).

LeeAnne Sipe is the Director of Student Involvement at the University of New Orleans (LA).

Loreal E. Robertson is the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Texas A&M-University-Kingsville. She currently serves as a member of the Research and Scholarship Group (RSG), served on the planning committee for the NACA Central Region Conference and has also presented on both the regional and national levels. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Nebraska.

Matthew K. Vetter is the Director of the Alford Community Leadership & Involvement Center at Denison University. His service at Denison is motivated by a commitment to create inclusive community that provide a space for learning and personal growth, and he has worked to develop and promote co-curricular involvement experience grounding in student learning and meaning-making. Matthew earned his master's degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Azusa Pacific University PhD in Higher Education.