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About Frank Shushok Jr.

Frank Shushok, Jr. serves as Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech, a role he has held since 2009. In addition, he serves as Executive Editor for About Campus (a Wiley publication) and a 2017-18 Fellow of the American Council on Education. Frank’s writing and research interests focus on student learning, positive psychology and its influence on student growth and development, honors programs, residential colleges, and approaches to reorganizing colleges and universities to bolster student engagement and learning.


2013 Present Executive Editor, About Campus ‐ Wiley/Jossey-Bass Publishers & ACPA
2009 Present Associate Professor of Higher Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
2009 Present Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
20102014 Associate Editor, Association of College and University Housing Officers, International ‐ Journal of College and University Student Housing
20072009 Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, Baylor University ‐ Educational Administration
20042009 Dean for Student Learning and Engagement, Baylor University ‐ Division of Student Life

Research Interests

Organizational Culture, the College Student & the Environment, Positive Psychology, Residential Colleges, Honors Programs, and College Student Learning

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Research and Publication Award, Association for College and University Housing Officers--International
  • 2014 Anderson Inspiration Award for Significant Contribution to Strengths-Based Learning in Higher Education
  • 2013 Diamond Honoree, ACPA College Student Educators--International


  • Higher Education in the United States
  • The College Student and the College Environment


August 1997May 2002 Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park ‐ Education Policy, Planning and Administration
August 1991June 1993 M.A., The Ohio State University ‐ Higher Education and Student Affairs
July 1987May 1991 B.S. History Education, B.S., Baylor University

Shushok Interviews with Higher Education Leaders (14)