Dr. Richard A. Stevens, Jr., Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life at Shepherd University, describes the role of a Resident Assistant.
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.
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