“Building community, one scholar at a time.”
My extensive research on the experiences of graduate students in engineering (Burt, 2014), as well as my own experiences participating in research as an undergraduate and graduate student, shape how I think about and engage my scholarship and teaching. Because I believe the research group to be an important context where teaching and learning takes place, I provide an opportunity to participate in research for select doctoral and master’s graduate students (I am open to including Iowa State students in disciplines outside of the School of Education, as well as supervising undergraduates at Iowa State University; please email me if interested). Tasks vary for students based on skill-level, interests, and availability; time commitment to the research group is negotiated between student and supervisor. Examples of research activity students engage in include:
- Group Meetings
- Subgroups (i.e., smaller writing/working team meetings)
- Data Collection (i.e., on and off-campus site visits, one-on-one and focus group interviews, observations)
- Audio-Transcript Checking
- Literature Reviews
- Data Analysis
- Writing and Dissemination (e.g., grant and conference proposals, conference presentations, manuscripts)
- Reflections of Experiences Engaging in Research
- Website Updates
In addition to engaging in research activity as a Community of Scholars, we participate in team-based professional development and community building. These activities are explicitly intended to promote persistence and retention, as well as enhance students’ engagement in the graduate school experience.
Below are the members of the Burt Research Group:
Brian A. Burt, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at Iowa State University. He studies the experiences of graduate students in STEM, and the institutional policies and practices that influence students’ educational and workforce pathways. He also explores learning within research group experiences.
Jarrel Johnson (Linkedin), is a doctoral Presidential Scholar, and graduate research assistant in the higher education administration program at Iowa State University. He received a B.A. in English from Shaw University, a M.S. in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University, and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from Mercer University. Previously, he worked at several higher education institutions including Iowa State University and Cornell University. His focus as a higher education practitioner was concentrated on holistically supporting first generation students. Jarrel investigates the ways in which race, gender, and sexuality influence the experiences of college students.
Rachael Blansett (Linkedin), is a second-year Master’s student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Iowa State University. She serves as a graduate assistant in the College of Human Sciences working on multicultural programming. She is interested in the research area of online activism and its role in shaping a Black student’s identity. Prior to attending Iowa State, Rachael received her B.S. in communications with an emphasis in journalism at Grand Valley State University.
Anne Bonanno (Linkedin), is a second-year Master’s student in Student Affairs at Iowa State University. She is an Academic Advising Graduate Assistant in the College of Business at ISU. Prior to attending Iowa State University, Anne served as an AmeriCorps member for two years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Michael Hiraldo-Santana (Linkedin), is a junior in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University. In addition to excelling in his engineering courses, he is involved in student organizations such as National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE). He is passionate about broadening participation in all areas of engineering.
Brandon Johnson (Linkedin), is a second-year Master’s student in the Student Affairs program at Iowa State University. He is a graduate assistant within the Department of Residence as the Iowa State West Graduate Apartment Community Manager. Prior to attending Iowa State, Brandon graduated from Western Illinois University, where he earned a B.A. in Communication with a minor in African American Studies. He is particularly interested in research around the Black male collegians’ experience at predominantly White institutions.
Emily S. Logan, M.S.W. (Linkedin), is a second-year doctoral student at the School of Education at Iowa State University. Emily received her B.A. from Central College in Pella, Iowa and her M.S.W. from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Emily is currently Assistant Professor in Human Services at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Justin Roberson (Linkedin), is a Master Student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Iowa State University. His assistantship is within the Multicultural Student affairs office. Prior to ISU, Justin worked for a year in higher education and as a board member for an international non-profit. He is interested in researching how black men navigate predominantly white spaces and the manifestation of resilience against oppression. Justin’s purpose is to enamor others to purposeful work. He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Iowa.
Chelsea Smith (Linkedin), is a second-year graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Iowa State University. She serves as the graduate assistant for Multicultural Student Success in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include college access, college success, retention for students of Color. Chelsea served two years with College Advising Corps (2014-2016). She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Georgia.
Katherine Friesen, M.L.S., is a fourth-year doctoral student in Higher Education in the School of Education at Iowa State University. She is a graduate assistant for the College of Engineering and Leadership Studies Program, where she teaches courses for the Engineering Leadership Program. Katherine received a B.S. in Secondary Education and a minor in Leadership Studies from Kansas State University, and a M.L.S. in Leadership Studies from Marquette University. Previously, Katherine taught middle school social studies. Katherine is interested in researching teaching and learning strategies in leadership education, as well as retention and persistence of women in STEM and leadership programs. She aspires to be a faculty member in a Leadership Studies Program upon graduation.
Angel Eason, M.Ed., is a hall director in the Department of Residence at Iowa State University. Angel received her B.S. Honors Communications/ Marketing from Old Dominion University and her M.Ed. in Student Affairs from Iowa State University.
Korey Kollasch, Ph.D., (Linkedin), is a post-doc with the Higher Education program at Iowa State University. He earned his B.S. in Kinesiology and his M.Ed. in Higher Education (Leadership & Learning) from ISU. Since 2012, he has been a graduate assistant in ISU’s School of Education, Extension & Outreach, and IINSPIRE-LSAMP program. With a deep athletics coaching background, Korey studies multi-pronged relationships between athletics and education.
Alade Shola McKen, M.S. Ed. (Linkedin), is a third-year doctoral student and graduate assistant in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Alade received his B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University, and his M.S. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College, School of Public Affairs. Alade has worked in higher education for over 10 years. He also volunteers through a number of non-profit organizations and community partnerships. Alade examines the social foundations of education and culture within society. He is interested in researching diverse issues faced by African American students in higher education.
Jordan Burkhart (Linkedin), earned his Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Iowa State University in 2017. He currently works as a Residence Life Coordinator at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Along with his work in housing, Jordan is also interested in the areas of student conduct and Title IX. Jordan graduated from Luther College, where he conducted paleoclimatology research and earned a degree in Environmental Studies (with a focus on geoscience).
Jennifer Hormell (Linkedin), earned her Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Iowa State University in 2017. While a graduate student, she served as a graduate assistant in the Academic Success Center, working specifically with the Supplemental Instruction program. Prior to attending Iowa State University, Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Centre College.
Alec Knight, earned his Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Iowa State University in 2017. While a graduate student, he served as a Graduate Assistant in the International Students and Scholars Office, tasked with planning International Student Orientation. He is a graduate of Grinnell College, where he received a BA in German with a Concentration in Linguistics.
Carter Kruckenberg (Linkedin), is an academic advisor in the College of Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama. He completed his Master’s of Education degree in the Student Affairs Program at Iowa State University, where his graduate assistantship was in the Iowa State University Office of Admissions. Before attending Iowa State, Carter attended Briar Cliff University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education.
Kathryn Lundgren, earned her Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Iowa State University in 2017. While a graduate student, she served in the International Students and Scholars Office as the programming assistant. Prior to attending Iowa State University, Kathryn received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University.
DeAnna Marguglio, is the Member Education Coordinator at Gamma Phi Beta International Headquarters, responsible for creating interactive programs and curriculum for collegians. She completed her Master’s of Education degree in the Student Affairs Program at Iowa State University, where she was a graduate assistant for the Office of Admissions, working directly with the Student Admissions Representatives (STARS). In addition, she also served as a graduate assistant for the Office of Greek Affairs as a Recruitment Specialist and Leadership Education and Development Advisor for Multicultural Greek Council. DeAnna received a B.S. in Chemistry and Secondary Education from Coe College.
Joshua Schroetter (Linkedin), earned his Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Iowa State University in 2017. While a graduate student, he served as a graduate assistant with the Hixson Opportunity Awards Program and National Student Exchange. He received his B.S from Iowa State University in Sociology with minors in Mathematics and Philosophy.
Caitlyn Schulz (Linkedin), is Admission Counselor and Coordinator of Campus Events at Dominican University. She completed her Master’s of Education degree in the Student Affairs Program at Iowa State University, where she held a graduate assistantship in Undergraduate Recruitment. Before completing her Master’s degree, Caitlyn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Iowa State University.