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Claire K. Robbins

Assistant Professor

Ph.D.


Claire K. Robbins is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech.  Her current research agenda explores postsecondary influences on social identity construction and racial dissonance among graduate and professional students in the United States.  Primarily a qualitative researcher with a critical lens, Dr. Robbins has also contributed to publications about intersectionality, gender, service-learning, and residential living-learning programs in higher education.  She has more than 10 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  Her dissertation, “Racial Consciousness, Identity, and Dissonance among White Women in Student Affairs Graduate Programs,” was recognized by the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (Dissertation of the Year) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (runner-up, Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year).

Dr. Robbins is an involved member of ACPA - College Student Educators International, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the American Educational Research Association.  She is a frequent presenter, reviewer, and discussant at these and other national and international conferences.

Dr. Robbins' teaching interests include theoretical foundations, social justice and inclusive practices, and qualitative inquiry in higher education and student affairs.  At Virginia Tech she has been recognized as Teacher of the Week by the Center for Instructional Design and Educational Research and as a Favorite Faculty member by the Department of Housing and Residence Life.

Dr. Robbins' degrees include Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park; a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a B.A. in Education and Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College,   She has more than 12 years of combined experience in higher education and student affairs administration, research, and teaching at public and private colleges and universities.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Robbins' teaching interests include theoretical foundations, social justice and inclusive practices, and qualitative inquiry in higher education and student affairs.  At Virginia Tech she has been recognized as Teacher of the Week by the Center for Instructional Design and Educational Research and as a Favorite Faculty member by the Department of Housing and Residence Life.

Fall 2015

  • EDHE 5604: Seminar - Inclusive Practices in Education

Students in this course will work to develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions consistent with the Social Justice and Inclusion competency area for student affairs educators and higher education professionals (Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators, 2015).  Learning outcomes for this course are taken word-for-word from the foundational and intermediate outcomes in the Social Justice and Inclusion competency area of ACPA and NASPA’s Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators (2015, pp. 30-31).

  • EDHE 5314: Theories of College Student Development

Acknowledging the growing diversity and complexity of student populations and college environments, and the ever-shifting landscape of higher education in the United States and internationally, students in this course examine, understand, apply, and critique theories of college student development and the role of these theories in student affairs and higher education practice and research.

Dr. Robbins’ current research agenda explores postsecondary influences on social identity construction and racial dissonance among graduate and professional students in the United States.  Primarily a qualitative researcher with a critical lens, Dr. Robbins has also contributed to publications about intersectionality, gender, service-learning, and residential living-learning programs in higher education.

Items at any stage in the review process are not included; neither are manuscripts in preparation.

Download some of my publications on  my Academia.edu page.

Published articles in peer-reviewed journals:

Robbins, C. K. (in press). White women, racial identity, and learning about racism in graduate preparation programs.  Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Robbins, C. K., & Jones, S. R. (in press). Negotiating racial dissonance: White women’s narratives of resistance, engagement, and transformative action. Journal of College Student Development.

Jones, S. R., LePeau, L. A., & Robbins, C. K. (2013). Exploring the possibilities and limitations of service-learning: A critical analysis of college student narratives about HIV/AIDS. Journal of Higher Education, 84, 213-238. doi: 10.1353/jhe.2013.0010

Soldner, M., Rowan Kenyon, H., Inkelas, K. K., Garvey, J., & Robbins, C. (2012). Supporting students' intentions to persist in STEM disciplines: The role of living-learning programs among other social-cognitive factors. Journal of Higher Education, 83, 311-336. doi:10.1353/jhe.2012.0017

Jones, S. R., Robbins, C. K., & LePeau, L. A. (2011). Negotiating border crossing: Influences of social identity on service-learning outcomes. Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning, 17, 27-42.

Book chapters

Hirt, J. B., & Robbins, C. K. (in press). The importance of institutional mission. In G. S. McClellan & J. Stringer (Eds.), Handbook of student affairs administration (4th). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Robbins, C. K., & Quaye, S. J. (2014). Racial privilege, gender oppression, and intersectionality. In D. Mitchell, Jr., C. Simmons, & L. Greyerbiehl (Eds.), Intersectionality & higher education: Theory, research, and praxis (pp. 20-30)New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Reviews

Robbins, C. K. (2014). Advancing social justice: Tools, pedagogies, and strategies to transform your campus [Review of the book]. Journal of College Student Development, 55, 637-640. doi:10.1353/csd.2014.0063

Robbins, C. K. (2012). Empowering women in higher education and student affairs [Review of the book]. Journal of College Student Development, 53, 486-489. doi:10.1353/csd.2012.0043

Selected Papers Presented at Refereed Conferences and in Refereed Research Conference Proceedings

(* = graduate student)

Robbins, C. K. (2014, November). Hungry for knowledge: White women learning about racism in higher education. Paper presented at the 2014 Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs Pre-Conference, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Washington, District of Columbia.

Robbins, C. K., Brod, D.*, Campos, M. G.*, DeLoach, A.*, Sharpe, A.*, & [in absentia] Moore, A.* (2014, November). A conceptual framework for understanding college men as allies for gender justice in engineering. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Washington, District of Columbia.

Robbins, C. K., & Jones, S. R. (2013, November). Negotiating racial dissonance: White women’s narratives of resistance, engagement, and transformative action. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, St. Louis, Missouri.

Robbins, C. K. (2013, February). How White students learn about race and privilege: Curricular and co-curricular experiences. In P. E. Doolittle & D. L. Lusk (Eds.), Proceedings from the Conference on Higher Education PedagogyBlacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech.

Robbins, C. K., Long, N. L., & Inkelas, K. K. (2011, November). “I’m not trying to be a feminist, but...”: Gendered living-learning experiences among women in STEM. Paper presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Linder, C., & Robbins, C. K. (2011, November). “White women, race (still) matters”: Strategies for engaging White women in learning about race. Paper presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Robbins, C. K., Inkelas, K. K., & Garvey, J. (2009, November). The role of single-sex living-learning environments in predicting sense of belonging among women college students. Paper presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Selected Presentations at Refereed Higher Education and Student Affairs Professional Meetings

Robbins, C. K., Johnson, N. J., Accapadi, M., Bondi, S., Elliott, C., & martinez, b. (2015, March). Extended session: Building capacity for inclusive practices in student affairs graduate programs. Session accepted for presentation at the national meeting of ACPA (College Student Educators International), Tampa, FL.

Tillapaugh, D., Haber-Curran, P., Linder, C., McGowan, B., & Robbins, C. K. (2014, March). Demystifying the process: Advice from early career higher education faculty. Presented at the national meeting of ACPA (College Student Educators International), Indianapolis, IN.

Robbins, C. K. (2013, March). Racial identity and dissonance among White women in student affairs. Presented at the national meeting of ACPA (College Student Educators International), Las Vegas, NV.

Robbins, C. K., Chang, S. H., LePeau, L. A., Long, N. N., & Riera, J. L. (2011, March). Both sides of the desk: Doctoral students reflect on teaching. Presented at the national meeting of ACPA (College Student Educators International), Baltimore, MD.

LePeau, L. A., Jones, S. R., & Robbins, C. K. (2011, March). Crossing developmental borders through participation in HIV/AIDS-focused service-learning. Presented at the national meeting of ACPA (College Student Educators International), Baltimore, MD.

Riera, J. L., Robbins, C. K., Campbell, C., & O’Meara, K. A. (2011, February). Exploring work-life balance and status of women at the University of Maryland. Presented at the Maryland Student Affairs Conference, College Park, MD.

Robbins, C. K., & Monahan-Kreishman, M. (2009, June). Advocacy for today and tomorrow: Preventing sexual violence on campus. Presented at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, College Park, MD.

Linder, C., & Robbins, C. K. (2008, March). Confronting privilege in women's centers: Charting a course for more inclusive spaces. Presented at the national meeting of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), Boston, MA.

Bethman, B., Robbins, C. K., Fischer, K., & Rose-Mockry, K. (2007, June). Women’s centers face Facebook: A tool for online organizing?. Presented at the national meeting of the NWSA (National Women’s Studies Association) Women’s Centers Standing Committee, St. Charles, IL.

Selected Other Publications

Martin, C., Morrow, R., Robbins, C. K., Spencer, N., & Vlasnik, A. (2012). The role of women student programs and services: Council for the Advancement of Standards contextual statement. In CAS professional standards for higher education (8th ed.) (pp. 510-512). Washington, DC: Author.

Boyd, C., Cavicchia, J., Lonnquist, P., Morrow, R., Robbins, C. K., Seasholes, C., & Wies, J. (2009). The role of women student programs and services: Council for the Advancement of Standards contextual statement. In CAS professional standards for higher education (7th ed.) (pp. 390-392). Washington, DC: Author.

Inkelas, K. K., Szelényi, K., Soldner, M., Brower, A. M., Alvarez, P., Leonard, J. B., . . . Robbins, C. K. (2007). National Study of Living-Learning Programs: 2007 report of findings. College Park, MD: NSLLP.

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