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Vice Provost Whitt Receives National Award

February 11, 2015

UC Merced Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education and sociology Professor Elizabeth Whitt is the 2015 recipient of the George D. Kuh Outstanding Contribution to Literature and/or Research Award.

The Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education group, also known as NASPA, annually recognizes members' outstanding work in the student affairs profession. 

Whitt has been the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of four books, five monographs, 10 chapters and 28 journal articles. She has more than 3,000 scholarly citations. And she produced this scholarship and research while holding major administrative appointments in addition to her faculty roles.

Her scholarship has been central to informing student affairs practice, including the books “Involving Colleges” and “Student Success in College,” which are frequently required reading in master’s and doctoral programs.

Whitt's policy pieces and empirical research have been published in the Journal of College Student Development, NASPA Journal, Journal of Higher Education and Review of Higher Education. Several years ago, her scholarly contributions were honored by the American College Personnel Association with its prestigious Contribution to Knowledge Award. Before that, she received the Early Career Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Whitt and the other award winners will be honored in March at the NASPA Annual Conference in New Orleans.