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 and labor justice in 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.


  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Care Work and Labor Justice in Higher Education


  •  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 Works

Culturally and Historically Responsive Pedagogies to Enhance Student Agency in Racialized Learning Environments
  • Boss, G. J. (2023)
  • In Developing Culturally Responsive Learning Environments in Postsecondary Education (pp. 89–104)
Exploring the role of doctoral education in scholarly practice
  • Boss, G. J. & Dunn, M. S. (2023).
  • Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice
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
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

Awards and Accolades

Mid-Career Faculty Award

NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, 2024

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