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     Dena R Kniess

    Dena R Kniess

    Assistant Professor

    Office: 2112 - Buzzard Hall
    Phone: 217-581-7240
    Fax: 217-581-7800
    Email: drkniess@eiu.edu

    Dena Kniess's Vita
    Dr. Dena Kniess graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education from Clemson University.  Dr. Kniess has worked in residence life at Ball State University and the University of Delaware.  While working on her doctorate at Clemson, she was an Associate Director in the New Student and Family Programs office.  Her research interests are student access and success in higher education, assessment, and multicultural issues.

    Frequently Taught Courses

    Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Affairs
    Multicultural Competence in Higher Education
    Collegiate Environments
    Thesis and Research

    Professional Organizations

    ACPA
    ASHE
    NASPA
    SACSA

    Selected Publications


    Articles:
    Kniess, D.R.
    , Havice, P.A., & Cawthon, T.W. (2015). Creating networks that facilitate successful transitions to the second-year for African American students at a PWI: Implications for residence life. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 41 (2), 144 – 159.
     
    Maday, B. & Kniess, D. (Summer 2014). More follow-up needed: Housing staffs’ perceptions of managing mental health needs. GLACUHO Trends, 43 – 44.
     
    Kniess, D.R., Havice, P.A., Cawthon, T.W., & Stewart-Tillman, K.D. (2014). Transitioning in and moving through the second year for African American students at a predominantly White institution (PWI): A case study.  Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 21(2), 5 – 16. 

    Brandt, K., Kniess, D.R., & Stone, J.E. (Winter 2014). Occupational stress and burnout in paraprofessionals.  GLACUHO Trends, 27 – 29.Kniess, D.R., Havice, P.A., Cawthon, T.W., & Stewart-Tillman, K.D. (2014). Transitioning in and moving through the second year for African American students at a predominantly White institution (PWI): A case study.  Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 21 (2), 5 – 16. 

    Book Chapters:

    Kniess, D.R., Cawthon, T.W., & Walker, K. (2016). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender college students. In Hamilton, M. H., Cuyjet, M., & Cooper, D. (Eds.). Multiculturalism on Campus, 2nd ed. (pp.278-308) Sterling, VA: Stylus.
     
     

    Selected Conference Presentations

    Kniess, D., Benjamin, M., & Boettcher, M. (2016, March). Administrator-faculty transitions: Same path, different goals. 2016 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
     
    Royer, D.W, Mulvihill, T.M., Latz, A.O., Kniess, D. (2016, March). Are student affairs graduate programs meeting the needs of community colleges? 2016 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
     
    Benjamin, M., Boettcher, M., & Kniess, D. (2015, March). Making the leap from administrator to faculty member: Stories of transition. 2015 American College Personnel Association Conference, Tampa, FL.
     
    Deters, J. & Kniess, D. (2015, March). Research paper session #13: Comparing persistence of upward transfer and native students. 2015 American College Personnel Association Conference, Tampa, FL.
     
    Kalahar, T.& Kniess, D. (2015, March). The art of voluntelling: Research on community service motivation. 2015 American College Personnel Association Conference, Tampa, FL.
     
    Kniess, D. & Cawthon, T. (2014, March).  Cultivating community: Underrepresented students’ perceptions of their second-year in college.  2014 American College Personnel Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.


     

    Funding & Grants

    Buschlen, E., Chang, T., Kniess, D. (2016). Central Michigan University (CMU) Faculty Research & Creative Endeavors (FRCE) Grant. An Examination of a Cross-Cultural, Youth Leadership Development Program for Fatherless Children: Creating an Intergenerational Legacy. Project funded for $3,163.

    Kniess, D., Timm, D., Brandt, K., Coit, J., Gunn, S., Maday, R., Stehlik, L., Wehr, N. (2013). CEPS Research Grant. Fraternity and Sorority Advisors: A Study of Preparation, Training, and Support.  Project funded for $493.28.  Co-principal Investigator.

    Kniess, D.R. & Havice, P.A. (2012-2013). NASPA Region III Research Grant. Minority Students’ Perceptions of their Second-Year in College. Project funded for $500.00. Principal Investigator.



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