Faculty in the Higher Education and College Student Affairs programs at the University of South Florida conduct research in a variety of specializations related to the field — and the research opportunities are continuously growing. A top 25 public research university, USF is also ranked 7th in the nation among public universities and is designated as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 

Graduate students in the College of Education participate in innovative and personalized research experiences with our faculty, who showcase more than 180 areas of expertise in the educational field. Below are some of the areas of expertise for faculty in the Higher Education and College Student Affairs programs:

  • College Student Affairs
  • College Student Identity
  • College Student Subcultures
  • College and University Administration and Leadership
  • Culturally Relevant Theories and Practices in Higher Education
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Higher Education
  • General Student Affairs Administration
  • HIV/AIDS and College Students
  • Higher Educational Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
  • LGBT Students
  • Legal Issues in College Student Affairs
  • Prediction and Prevention Models Related to College Student Persistence
  • Special College Student Populations
  • Student Engagement
  • Student Expectations of College
  • Underrepresented Groups in STEM
  • University Advising and Retention
  • University Faculty and Staff Development
  • University Governance and Curriculum