Dr. Jeff Strietzel, Managing Editor has served in higher education for a dozen years. His professional experience includes teaching and administrative roles at six institutions across three states. After earning a B.A. degree in religious studies in Illinois and an M.A. degree in college student development at in Indiana, Jeff finally saw the light and moved to Texas where he earned a Ph.D. in higher education leadership at Baylor University. He has taught courses in leadership theory and leadership development, college student success, and the culture and organization of higher education. Jeff has been awarded numerous fellowships, grants, and awards for his service and scholarship over the years. His current research agenda focuses on how higher education leaders experience and navigate job loss and career derailment. Dr. Strietzel regularly presents scholarship and promising practices at conferences, and he is published in prominent journals in higher education and student affairs.
Dr. Peggy C. Holzweiss, Associate Editor is an Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership department at Sam Houston State University, and holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the faculty, she served in higher education administrative positions for 18 years in the areas of student activities, student government, residence life, campus programming, assessment, and academic affairs. Dr. Holzweiss has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses throughout her professional career. Her research interests include teaching, learning, distance education and online students, and professional development for higher education administrators, including master’s preparation programs. She joined TACUSPA in 2012 and served on the inaugural Student Affairs on Campus Journal Editorial Board. Dr. Holzweiss has been recognized with a variety of awards including SAAHE Educator of the Year from Texas A&M University, the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching from Sam Houston State University, an Outstanding Staff Award from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, the Randy Matson ’67 Association of Former Students Award from the Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M, and three NASPA Excellence Awards. Dr. Holzweiss was also named a Fish Camp and Aggie Access Learning Community namesake at Texas A&M University.
Dr. J. Cody Nielsen, Associate Editor, is Director of the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice and instructor at Dickinson College, Executive Director of Convergence Strategies, and adjunct instructor at DeSales University and Sam Houston State University. His research interests for more than a decade have focused on DEI efforts to assess and support systems, policies, and practices for religious, secular, and spiritual identities. He has previously served roles at Harvard, MIT, The University of Guelph, American University, and the University of Minnesota.
As an educator and scholar by practice (not by nature), Cody is deeply committed to the efforts of higher education to professionalize our approaches to support of historically marginalized religious and non religious identities. His research and forthcoming works speak to a new form of "interfaith" that of what he describes as "Engaged Critical Pluralism" (ECP) which will seek a structural and system overhaul to how religious equity has been provided at systemic and structural levels.
Dr. Pietro Sasso is an Assistant Professor and Director of the RAISE Center at Stephen F. Austin State University. His research interests include the college experience, student success, and educational equity across co-curricular spaces. Dr. Sasso has written and co-edited 10 textbooks, authored approximately 60 scholarly publications, and facilitated over 80 conference presentations. He is the recipient of the AFA Dr. Charles Eberly Research Award and was the a Scholar-In-Residence for ACPA Men and Masculinities. He is currently the faculty research fellow for the Piazza Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research & Reform. @PietroSassoPhD (twitter).
Dr. Becky Spurlock serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Leadership at The University of Texas Permian Basin. In her role, she oversees many of the co-curricular programs and services for students including the Shepperd Leadership Institute. She also holds an appointment as Associate Professor in the College of Education. Prior to joining UT Permian Basin, she served as the Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Student Life at the University of the South (colloquially known as Sewanee).
An educator, sought after speaker and leader in the field of Student Affairs, she regularly teaches, speaks, and consults on developing community, leadership, strategic planning, and assessment. Dr. Spurlock has more than 25 years of experience in Student Affairs. A high-energy speaker, Dr. Spurlock is known for her ability to engage audiences, address difficult topics, and connect through humor.Trained in narrative analysis and as a qualitative researcher, Dr. Spurlock uses stories to connect, teach, and deepen relationships.
Dr. Spurlock has served on the NASPA Board of Directors, is the Past Region III Director, served two terms on the NASPA Center for Women Board of Directors, and was named a Pillar of the Profession in 2022. Dr. Spurlock is the director for the NASPA Region III/SACSA Mid-Manager’s Institute. She serves as a member of the Student Affairs on Campus Editorial Board. She is also the recipient of the John Koldus Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA Region III. NASPA is the leading voice for the Student Affairs Profession worldwide.