Biography

Dr. Laura Dean is an Professor in the UGA College Student Affairs Administration Program. Previously, she served as the senior student affairs officer at Pfeiffer University and at Peace College in North Carolina. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from Westminster College (PA) and her graduate degrees in Counselor Education/Student Development in Higher Education, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A member of ACPA, NASPA, the American Counseling Association, and the American College Counseling Association, she has also been active in the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for nearly 20 years, serving on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, as Publications Editor, and as President. She has been recognized with the ACPA Diamond Honoree and Senior Professional Annuit Coeptis awards, the American College Counseling Association Professional Leadership Award, and the Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching Award from NASPA Region III. Her research interests include assessment, the use of professional standards, and small college issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • student affairs assessment
  • small colleges
  • student affairs administration
  • professional standards of practice

Interests

  • outcomes of use of professional standards
  • assessment practices

Academic Affiliations

Education

  •  Ph.D. in Counselor Education: Student Development in Higher Ed., 1991
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  •  M.Ed. in Counseling: Student Development in Higher Ed., 1988
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  •  B.A. in English, 1980
    Westminster College (PA)

Contact

 Aderhold Hall, 413A
 706-542-1812 (office)

Awards and Accolades

Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching Award

NASPA Region III, 2015

Paul K. Jahr Award of Excellence

Georgia College Personnel Association, 2014

Diamond Honoree Award

ACPA – College Student Educators International, 2013

Annuit Coeptis Senior Professional Award

ACPA – College Student Educators International, 2007

Distinguished Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award

School of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2007

Professional Leadership Award

American College Counseling Association, 1997