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Research & Assessment

The purposes of the SACSA Research & Assessment Committee are to encourage research in the college student affairs field; to provide current research and reports to the membership in a timely manner; and to coordinate the selection and awarding of the SACSA Research Incentive Grant and the Dissertation of the Year Award. Both awards are presented at the annual conference awards and recognition luncheon.

Committee Membership

Dr. Brian Samble, Chair University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Alicia White University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Amber Fallucca University of South Carolina
Brittany Martin University of West Georgia
Chris Sarricchio Clemson University
Courtney Campbell University of West Georgia
Dr. Bonnie Daniel University of Tennessee, Martin
Dr. Gina Sheeks Columbus State University
Dr. Thomas Newsom Mesalands Community College
Dylan Wilkes Clemson University
Gia Rimi University of West Georgia
Hailey Palmer Clemson University
Heather Solov University of West Georgia
Jason Titus Texas Christian University
Jerry Staples University of South Florida
John Cimmino Appalachian State University
Lauren Rust Wake Forest University
Mary Alice Varga University of West Georgia
Megan Downey Florida State University
Pamela Curtis University of Louisville
Shabina Panjwani Georgia Institute of Technology
Simone Stewart  
Spencer Scruggs Florida State University
Stephen Howard Eastern Kentucky University
Tina Mata University of West Georgia

Dissertation of the Year Award

The Research & Assessment Committee is pleased to announce Dr. David Smith as the recipient of the 2015 Dissertation of the Year Award. Dr. Smith completed his dissertation in the Higher Education Administration program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His dissertation is titled, Unintended Consequences of Collegiate Living-Learning Community Programs at a Public University. Dr. Smith is currently the Director of Student Support Services at Tusculum College.

2015 Dissertation of the Year Award Information

We have now posted the Call for Submissions as well as the Submission Rubric!

Research Grant

The Research & Assessment Committee is pleased to announce Dr. Adriel Hilton as the recipient of the 2015 research grant award for his study, Within the Experiences of African-American Male Doctoral Students at HBCUs. His study will examine the experiences of African American male doctoral students who are persisting in their programs. Dr. Hilton currently serves as Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President at Grambling State University.

2015 Research Grant Information

We have now posted the Call for Submissions as well as the Submission Rubric!

Requests for Research Projects

The Research & Assessment Committee is also responsible for approving requests for membership lists for research projects. Please note the following requirements for such requests: The Research & Assessment Committee will review the study, the IRB, and make a decision on approving the study. Persons or groups who want to survey or use the SACSA membership list for research purposes should follow this protocol.

  1. Submit a written request (email) to the Research & Assessment Committee Chair. This request should include detailed information about the research study and the IRB approval form.
  2. This request is reviewed by the Research & Assessment Chair and committee.
  3. If the request is approved, the chair will submit the proposal to the VP for submission to the Executive Council (EC).
  4. The VP will forward the request to EC with a motion to approve.
  5. The applicant will receive an official letter/email informing him/her of the final decision. This letter will include the cost of the labels, reason for denial or approval conditions, and contact information for those involved in supporting the research.

Please submit the request, information regarding the research study, and IRB approval document to Dr. Brain Samble at


The Research & Assessment Committee has created a new system called SACSAworks where members can upload their current research or scholarly works for other members to view. Find information about SACSAworks and research tips here.

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