Kathy.jpg     Dr. Kathy L. Guthrie

Dr. Guthrie serves as the director of the Leadership Learning Research Center. She is an associate professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. In addition to teaching in the Higher Education program, Dr. Guthrie also coordinates the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, which is a partnership between the College of Education and the Center for Leadership & Social Change. Her research focuses on the learning outcomes and environment of leadership and civic education, online teaching and learning, and professional development for student affairs professionals.


Dr. Guthrie has authored several refereed journal articles and edited and authored several books.  In 2016 she co-edited a New Directions in Higher Education issue titled “Reclaiming Higher Education’s Purpose in Leadership Development.” In 2013, she co-authored “Cultivating Leader Identity and Capacity in Students from Diverse Backgrounds.”

In her current role with Florida State University, she has taught courses in higher education, including Introduction to Student Services, Leading Change in Higher Education, Practicum in Student Services, and Capstone in Higher Education. She has also taught courses in the undergraduate leadership certificate, including Leadership Theory and Practice, Leadership in Groups and Communities, Leadership and Change, and Leadership Experience. Over the course of her career, she has been honored with awards including the Transformation through Teaching Award (2015), Florida State University College of Education Teaching Award (2014), Association of College Personnel Administrators’ Emerging Scholar (2012), Seminole Faculty Award (2011), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Contributions to Student Affairs through Teaching (2010).

Dr. Guthrie is an editorial board member of the Journal of Leadership Education and Journal of College and Character. Currently, Dr. Guthrie is the associate editor of the New Directions in Student Leadership series and editor of the Contemporary Perspectives in Leadership Learning book series. She also currently serves as the chair for the Leadership Scholarship Member Interest Group in the International Leadership Association.

Dr. Guthrie received her Ph.D. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.


Marshall.jpg     Marshall Anthony Jr.

Marshall Anthony Jr., a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, is a Ph.D. student studying Higher Education (Public Policy) at Florida State University. His passion and research interests involve educational policy related to Black male student success, culturally relevant leadership learning, organizational governance, and student activism. Marshall completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, minors in Accounting and Spanish, a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration, and a graduate certificate in Teaching, Training, and Educational Technology from North Carolina State University. He has worked in various academic and student affairs functional areas at Meredith College, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University. Currently, Marshall is a teaching and research assistant for the Leadership Learning Research Center, a partnership between the College of Education and the Center for Leadership & Social Change at Florida State.

V.jpg     Vivechkanand "V" Chunoo

V. is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate on the Student Affairs track in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. His work and research interests involve developing leader identity and capacity in first-generation college students, students of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, and students from lower socioeconomic communities. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, both from the University of Miami. Also at UM, he was an academic advisor for ten years and concurrently the academic ombudsperson for four years. Currently, he retains a position as a research assistant for the Leadership Learning Research Center, a curricular program overseen jointly by the College of Education and the Center for Leadership & Social Change.


Trisha.jpg     Trisha Teig

Trisha is a doctoral student in higher education. She enjoys being an instructor for the LDR certificate program and has worked with the Leadership Theories, Leadership in Groups and Communities, Leadership and Change, and Gender and Leadership courses. Trisha also assists in editing the series New Directions for Student Leadership. Her research interests include leadership education curriculum development, teaching social justice in leadership education, and leadership development for college students. Prior to taking the Ph.D. adventure, she attained a B.A. in communication and theatre and M.Ed. in student affairs and worked in the field of student affairs in a multitude of capacities for seven years. She is a proud Texan and loves reading and hanging out with her cats!

Maritza.jpg     Maritza Torres

Maritza is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education (Student Affairs track) program at Florida State University. Born and raised in Chicago, she received her bachelor’s degree in communication with minors in Spanish and Latino studies from DePaul University. She obtained her master’s degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida. Maritza has previously worked at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a program advisor for the Illini Union Board and has recently arrived from the University of Miami where she served as the assistant director of student activities and student organizations. While studying full-time at FSU, Maritza is a graduate assistant in Leadership Studies in the Center for Leadership & Social Change. She teaches in the LDR certificate program as well as serves as a program advisor. Her research interests include leadership, Latinx leadership development, mentorship, and first generation students. Maritza is a member of a co-ed Latino interest fraternity called Alpha Psi Lambda, Inc., and during her free time she enjoys working out, reading, sitting in coffee shops, musicals, and Netflix.

Sally.jpg     Sally R. Watkins

Sally is a doctoral candidate in the Student Affairs track of the Higher Education program at Florida State University. She started working at FSU as a graduate administrative assistant with the living-learning communities through the Academic Center for Excellence.  Presently, Sally is in her third year as a graduate teaching assistant in the Leadership Learning Research Center.  At Florida State, Sally has taught courses in Leadership Theory and Practice (online), Leadership in Groups and Communities, and Leadership and Change. Her research interests are the historical aspects of leadership training, education, and development as a component of the student affairs profession, socially responsible leadership, institutional presidents, outcomes of leadership education, and leadership educator training and development. Sally has degrees from Arizona State University, the University of North Georgia, and the University of Alabama.

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