About Matt Varga
My expertise began with prescription drug abuse after becoming exposed to students who engaged in the dangerous behavior at a previous institution. The cavalier attitude with which students were using these drugs startled me and I refused to see more students go through the pain of addiction.
The rest of my work focuses on Entry Level Experiences of student affairs staff. Specifically, I am interested in the competencies staff learn in their first three to four years working in higher education. Additionally, I am curious as to why staff decide to leave the field.
I obtained my Ph.D. and M.S. at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Higher Education Administration in May of 2012 and College Student Personnel in August of 2007, respectively. While obtaining my degrees, I worked for the Department of University Housing. Prior to The University of Tennessee I worked at Shenandoah University briefly after graduating from Christopher Newport University with my B.A. in philosophy. I am currently working at the University of West Georgia as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs.
- College Student Development
- Legal Issues
Matt Varga, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs
Area of Professional Counseling & College Student Affairs
Department of Counseling and Professional Studies
The University of West Georgia
(678) 839 - 6160