Dallin George Young


Dr. Dallin George Young’s research focuses on a line of inquiry that investigates how novices are trained, socialized, and educated as they move from the periphery to full participation in academic communities of practice. His research and practice includes: theoretical perspectives to interrogate student transitions into the academy; how graduate and professional students learn the rules, knowledge, and culture of their fields; and the (differential) impacts of educational structures on the success of students in transition. He has published his research widely in journals such as the Journal of College Student Development, Teachers College Record, New Directions in Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Journal of Peer Learning, and Journal of Student Affairs in Africa. Dr. Young teaches in the Student Affairs Leadership (SAL) and College Student Affairs Administration (CSAA) doctoral programs as well as the CSAA master’s program. Before UGA, he was the Assistant Director for Research and Grants at the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and an Affiliate Faculty in the Higher Education and Student Affairs master’s program, both at the University of South Carolina.

Areas of Expertise

  • First-Year Experience
  • Student Transitions and Success
  • Outcomes Assessment
  • Professional Preparation in Student Affairs Administration


  • College student transitions:Practical and theoretical approaches
  • Peer leadership in higher education
  • Graduate level professional preparation for student affairs in higher education



  •  PhD in College Student Affairs Administration, 2012
    University of Georgia
  •  MAEd in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2005
    Virginia Tech
  •  BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2002
    Utah State University