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About Dr. Christa J Porter

Dr. Christa J. Porter is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Kent State University. She has served in various administrative positions at different institutional types. Her scholarship addresses two major strands: (1) the development and trajectory of Black women in postsecondary education and (2) the role of critical qualitative inquiry and frameworks in higher education research and praxis. 


Present Coordinator, Student Affairs Administration MA Program, Michigan State University
Present Assistant Professor, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University

Research Interests

Experiences of Black College Women, Experiences of Blacks in the Academy, Assessment in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Identity Development, and Qualitative Research Design and Methods

Honors and Awards

  • Runner Up, NASPA Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award
  • Research and Scholarship Award, Standing Committee for Women, ACPA - College Student Educators International
  • Runner Up, Dissertation of the Year, American Association of Blacks in Higher Education


  • Foundations (History) of Postsecondary Education
  • College Student Development
  • Student Cultures in Higher Education