Ginny Jones Boss, PhD


Dr. Boss is a dedicated higher education researcher and educator whose work centers on understanding how socialization and professional work experience create barriers to or provide support for student affairs professionals, faculty, and graduate students in their efforts to advance college student success. Her expertise lies in the areas of teaching and learning, theory-to-practice, and equity, inclusion, and diversity in student affairs and higher education.

Dr. Boss is actively engaged in teaching and mentoring students across the Student Affairs Leadership (SAL) and College Student Affairs Administration (CSAA) doctoral programs, as well as the CSAA master’s program. She is committed to preparing the next generation of leaders in higher education who are passionate about advancing college student success and inclusive excellence.

With a strong commitment to research, Dr. Boss has published in top-tier journals, such as:Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of the Professoriate, Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and Urban Review.


  • Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Career-long Scholarship Engagement of Student Affairs Professionals


  •  PhD in College Student Affairs Administration
    University of Georgia
  •  MA in Mental Health Counseling
    Asbury Theological Seminary
  •  BA in Communication Studies
    Georgia Southern University



NASPA Region III Research Grant


Selected Articles

Exploring the role of doctoral education in scholarly practice
  • Boss, G. J. & Dunn, M. S. (2022).
  • Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice
Boyeristic tendencies: A look into the life history of the student affairs scholar-practitioner
  • Boss, G. J., & Dunn, M. S.
  • Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs
On Black mattering and (un)framing the preparation of higher education/student affairs administrators
  • Boss, G. J., Porter, C. J., & Davis, T. J. (2021)
  • Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education
Co-conspirators and community care: Toward theorizing a post-COVID-19 academy
  • Boss, G., Porter, C. J., & Davis, T. J. (2021).
  • Journal of the Professoriate
Who cares?: (Re)visioning labor justice for Black women contingent faculty.
  • Boss, G., Porter, C. J., Davis, T. J., & Moore, C. M. (2021).
  • Journal of African American Women and Girls in Education
“It’s a double-edged sword”: A collaborative autoethnography of women of Color higher education and student affairs administrators who teach in the college classroom.
  • Boss, G., Karunaratne, N., Huang, C., Beavers, A., Pegram-Floyd, V., & Tullos, K. (2019).
  • Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education
Conscientious practice: Post-master’s student affairs professionals’ perspectives on engaging social justice.
  • Boss, G., Linder, C., Martin, J. A., Dean, S. R., & Fitzer, J. R. (2018).
  • Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice

Selected Book Chapters

(En)counterspaces: An analysis of working conditions for student affairs professionals of Color in an un-Ideal world
  • Boss, G. J., & Bravo, N. (2021)
  • Creating sustainable careers in student affairs: What ideal worker norms get wrong and how to make it right. Stylus.
Second to none: Contingent women of color faculty in the classroom
  • Boss, G., Davis, T. J., Porter, C. J., Moore, C. M. (2019)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in Contemporary Higher Education (pp. 211-225). IGI Global.

Awards and Accolades

Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity

University College Kennesaw State University, 2019

Junior Faculty Fellow, AAUP Kennesaw State Chapter

Kennesaw State University, 2017

Nevitt Sanford Award

ACPA Commission for Professional Preparation, 2014

Miller/Winston Research Award (CSAA)

University of Georgia, 2013