Kris Renn Kristen A. Renn, PhDn         Kris Renn

Professor of
Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies/Director for Student Success Initiatives

Michigan State University

Phone: (517) 353-5979

Office & Postal Address: 620 Farm Lane, 425 Erickson, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034

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Kristen Renn is professor of Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education (HALE) in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. Since August 2013, she is also Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director for Student Success Initiatives, providing leadership for MSU's Neighborhood Engagement Center initiative. She is a faculty member in the Student Affairs Administration MA program and teaches courses related to student development, diversity and equity, and higher education foundations in the HALE PhD program and HALE MA program. Prior to coming to MSU, she was assistant professor of higher education and qualitative research at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a policy analyst for the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and, for ten years, a dean in the Office of Student Life at Brown University. A Mount Holyoke College alumna, she received her PhD in Higher Education from Boston College.

Dr. Renn's research interests include identity and identity development in higher education; mixed race college students; women in higher education in the US and global contexts; new professionals in student affairs; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in higher education. She received an MSU College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award. A grant from the Spencer Foundation supported her international study of women's postsecondary institutions. She is co-PI of the National Study of LGBTQ Student Success. Dr. Renn is Associate Editor for International Research and Scholarship for the Journal of College Student Development. She is a member of  the Governing Board of ACPA-College Student Educators International and received the association's Senior Scholar Award in 2011.