Richard StevensDr. Richard A. Stevens, Jr. currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life at Shepherd University. He is also the Program Coordinator and Instructional Professor for the College Student Development and Administration there. He has worked in Student Affairs since 1987 with his first position as a Resident Assistant. Dr. Stevens received his Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, his Master’s degree from Iowa State and his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include identity development and college environments. Dr. Stevens has a strong commitment to the on-campus experience for students, both commuters and residential students. He has published articles on commuter students and their involvement in living learning programs as well as sexual orientation identity development and grounded theory methodology. He has served as the Editor of Developments, a national publication of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) since 2002 and currently is the 2008 General Program Chair for their national Convention. Dr. Stevens is a member ACPA, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, (NASPA), Phi Kappa Phi, and Mensa.
Host: What are some ways to adjust to using a community bathroom?
Dr. Richard Stevens: The community bathroom is one of those things that you only experience when you come to campus. So, I would suggest you figure out what are going to be the strategies when it s going to be less busy. During the first couple of weeks everybody is getting up at the exact same time and trying to take a shower at the same time. Once you get your class schedule done you ll be able to figure out whether you re going to take a shower at night or in the morning and adjust appropriately, so that you have the time that you walk without feel like you re being bumped around by 25 other people in the shower room.