Ben Correia-Harker, Director of Assessment & Research, oversees the development of interfaith assessment services and resources, consults with campus partners on assessment practices, and manages research efforts and findings dissemenation. Ben has a B.A. in Religious Studies from the College of Idaho, an M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago; and he continues to conduct research on and teach about college student leadership development. Having held various professional roles in higher education administration, it is his commitment to fostering student leadership development, creating inclusive communities, and addressing society's most complex problems through collaborative endeavors that fuel Ben’s interest in advancing interfaith cooperation.
Laura Dahl is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University and works as a graduate research associate with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS). She received an M.Ed. in college student affairs administration from The University of Georgia and a B.S. in applied mathematics from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to Ohio State, she worked at Rutgers University’s Douglass Residential College as director of research programs and advising for undergraduate women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Her research interests include living learning programs, student intellectual and cognitive development, and the experiences of students in the STEM fields.
Lisa Davidson works with campuses on a variety of efforts related to assessing the effectiveness of interfaith programs and understanding the campus climate for worldview diversity. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Cleveland State University, a M.Ed. in counseling from DePaul University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Loyola University Chicago. Lisa's research examines the type of learning and development that result from undergraduates’ intercultural engagement, with a special focus on the inclusive measurement of this. At IFYC, Lisa focuses on developing resources for campus partners to understand and assess their interfaith programs and campus climates. She also helps campuses understand the data they collect and develop strategies to use those data. When not at work, you can find Lisa enjoying time with her partner and dog, weightlifting, and enjoying cuisines from all over the world. As a secular humanist and educator, Lisa believes that interaction across secular, spiritual, and religious identities can promote deep understandings of one's self, others, and the various contexts where we find ourselves.
Lori E. Durako Fisher
Lori E. Durako Fisher is a doctoral student at North Carolina State University in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development department, focusing on higher education. At N.C. State, she works as a graduate research associate with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS). Lori received her B.A. in sociology from Purdue University and her M.A. in leadership in student affairs from the University of St. Thomas. Before starting at N.C. State, Lori worked with leadership development, student organizations, and student activism as the senior assistant director within the Center for Student Involvement at Santa Clara University. Her research interests include student activism, organizational growth and learning at colleges and universities, and the impact of campus climate on student development and engagement.
Mary Ellen Giess
As Senior Director of Co-Curricular Partnerships, Mary Ellen Giess oversees IFYC's strategy supporting campus staff committed to interfaith work. Mary Ellen has served a variety of programmatic and strategic roles at IFYC and continues to steward one of IFYC's highest programmatic partners in the White House through the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Mary Ellen joined IFYC in 2008 after completing her Master’s in religion and government at Harvard Divinity School. Mary Ellen earned her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and it was her personal on-campus experiences that inspire her to build interfaith cooperation in higher education. Outside work, Mary Ellen can be found chasing her family (husband, daughters, and dog alike) around town.
Dr. Matthew Mayhew
Matthew Mayhew is the William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher professor of educational administration with a focus on higher education and student affairs at The Ohio State University. He is interested in how collegiate conditions, educational practices, and student experiences influence learning and democratic outcomes. He has received over 17 million dollars in grants for exploring the impact of college on student outcomes, including, but not limited to, moral reasoning, spirituality, high-risk drinking, and innovative entrepreneurship. Dr. Mayhew has published over 80 articles, is lead author on the most recent volume of How College Affects Students: 21st Century Evidence that College Works, and has contributed to a variety of media outlets, such as The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Conversation, and BusinessInsider. In addition to serving as co-principal investigator of the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), he directs the College Impact Laboratory where he oversees the Assessment of Co-Curricular Residential Experiences and Outcomes (ACREO) survey. ACREO is designed to measure the associations between residential environments and student achievement of timely and relevant outcomes, such as intention to innovate, bystander intervention, and financial health and wellness. Dr. Mayhew earned his doctorate in higher education administration with a focus on research, evaluation, and assessment from the University of Michigan in 2004.
Shauna M. Morin
Shauna M. Morin is the project director for the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) at North Carolina State University. Her research interests include religion, spirituality, and worldview diversity among college students; culture and institutional identity at sectarian colleges and universities; and community engagement practices in higher education. Shauna earned a Ph.D. in higher education from North Carolina State University in 2017, an M.Ed. in college student affairs from Penn State University in 2005, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame in 2002. Her professional roles include three years as the coordinator of service-learning programs at Juniata College in Pennsylvania and four years as the associate director of student life at Hope College in Michigan.
Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach
Alyssa Rockenbach is professor of higher education in the department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. Her interdisciplinary research centers on the effects of college environments and experiences on student learning; religious and worldview diversity issues in higher education; intergroup dynamics, cooperation, and attitudes; young adult psychosocial development; and gender and LGBTQ equity issues in education and society. She is co-principal investigator of a five-year national study, the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), which explores how educational experiences affect college students’ capacity to engage and cooperate with people of diverse worldviews. Dr. Rockenbach has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters, reports and monographs, and other scholarly works. Her work has been featured in media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and The Conversation. Dr. Rockenbach received her B.A. in psychology from California State University, Long Beach and her M.A. and Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
firstname.lastname@example.org Kevin Singer is a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University studying higher education. Before coming to NC State, Kevin earned an M.A. in systematic theology at Wheaton College (IL) and a B.A. in media studies from Northern Illinois University. Kevin enjoys finding ways to make IDEALS data accessible and useful to everyday people. He writes pieces on IDEALS findings for popular online spaces and helps run social media for the project. Kevin is a big fan of qualitative research, and hopes to become a faculty member in higher education.
Ashley Staples joined the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) as a graduate research associate in 2016. Her research interests include how institutions foster worldview commitment and interfaith engagement outcomes for worldview majority students, and how institutions can innovate their practices to help more students complete their degrees by fostering the process of academic resilience. She received two B.S. degrees from the University of Maryland – College Park in logistics and international business, as well as an M.S. in higher education from North Carolina State University. Ashley is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University.
Mian (Helen) Wu
Mian (Helen) Wu is a Ph.D student in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development department at North Carolina State University. She currently serves as a graduate research associate for IDEALS. Helen received her master’s degree in East Asian studies at Duke University, where she also worked as staff assistant to the Director of International Research at the Duke School of Nursing. Prior to coming to the U.S., she studied four years in international journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University. Helen values creativity through interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. She is also a music and dance lover. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of financial socialization, financial literacy, and the role of higher education in social stratification.
Lini Zhang is a postdoctoral research associate for the Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include worldview diversity among college students, college students’ innovation capacities, consumers’ luxury goods purchasing behavior, and college students’ financial literacy and financial well-being. She earned her Ph.D. in financial planning, housing, and consumer economics from the University of Georgia in 2017, a master’s in economics from Liaoning University in 2013, and a bachelor’s in Chinese language and literature from Hubei University in 2010.