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 Dr. Michael Ignelzi  




Dr. Michael Ignelzi obtained his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Riverside and his M.A. in Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. He completed his Ed. D. in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University.

Teaching Emphasis

  • College Student Learning and Development I
  • College Student Learning and Development II
  • Legal Issues in Student Affairs
  • Student Affairs Practicum I
  • Student Affairs Practicum II
  • Student Affairs Internship
  • Ethics in the Helping Professions
  • Career Counseling and Development

Research Interests and Practitioner Experience

Dr. Ignelzi's research interests include professional development and supervision of student affairs staff; professional ethics; adolescent and adult development; teaching and learning; and moral reasoning, development, and education. Dr. Ignelzi had the privilege of conducting research and teaching with renowned professors Lawrence Kohlberg and Robert Kegan.

His teaching experiences include: Teaching Fellow (Harvard Univ.), Visiting Lecturer (Cornell Univ.), and Instructor (Ohio State Univ.). As a student affairs practitioner, he served as Dean of Students (Wells College), Administrative Assistant (Harvard Univ.), Director of Housing and Residential Life (Menlo College), Residence Hall Director (Univ. of California, Davis), and Administrative Associate (Ohio State Univ.). Dr. Ignelzi has several publications and presentations in the field of Student Affairs.

Professional Association Membership

  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
  • Chair, ACPA Ethics Committee (2007 – 2010)
  • Member, ACPA Ethics Committee (2005 – 2007)
  • Directorate Member, Professional Preparation Commission (2001 – 2004)
  • Directorate Member, Assessment for Student Development Commission (1991 – 1994)

Selected Publications

Ignelzi, M. G. (2011). What forms would supervision take to model inclusive, learning-oriented practice? In P. Magolda & M. B. Magolda (Eds.), Contested issues in student affairs. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Strano, D. & Ignelzi, M. (2010). Teaching theories for the constructivist counselor. In G.J. McAuliffe & K. Eriksen (Eds.), Handbook of preparing counselors and other helping professionals (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ignelzi, M. G. (Winter, 2009). Utilizing developmental theory to encourage ethical behavior. ACPA Developments.

Ignelzi, M. (2005). Meaning-making in the learning and teaching process. In M.  Wilson and L. Wolf-Wendel (Eds.), ASHE reader on college student development theory (pp. 655-661). Boston: Pearson. (Reprinted from Teaching to promote intellectual and personal maturity: Incorporating students’ worldviews and identities into the learning process by M.B. Baxter Magolda, Ed., 2000, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass)

Ignelzi, M. G., & Whitely, P. A. (2004). Supportive supervision for new professionals. In P. Magolda & J. Carnaghi (Eds.), Job one: Experiences of new professionals in student affairs (pp. 115-135). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Selected Conference Presentations

National Presentations

Ignelzi, M. G. (2010, March). Using Ethical Decision-Making Models in Considering Professional Ethical Dilemmas. Presentation at the American College Personnel Association convention, Washington, D.C.

Elkins, B., Ignelzi, M. G., & Pasque, P. (2010, March). Addressing Difficult Assessment Ethics. Presentation at the American College Personnel Association convention, Washington, D.C. Institute on Assessment held at the American College Personnel Association convention, Washington, D.C.

State Presentations

Ignelzi, M. G. (2008, December). Developmental Considerations for Supervising Student Affairs Staff. Invited full-day workshop for Pennsylvania College Personnel Association Keystone Seminar Series, Washington, PA.

Ignelzi, M. G. (2008, June- August). On-Line Book Club Discussion of Job one: Experiences of new professionals in student affairs. Invited facilitator and moderator of state-wide on-line book club discussion sponsored by the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association.

Dr. Michael Ignelzi
Dr. Michael Ignelzi
Department Chair
Student Affairs in Higher Education Program Coordinator

Office Location:
105 Carruth Rizza Hall
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Phone: (724) 738-2276

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