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The Loren and Opal Raines Colloquium Series

The Raines Colloquium honors the significant contributions of Emeritus Professor Max Raines to the department, the college, the university, and the field of student affairs in higher education. Dr. Raines, a faculty member in the Department of  Educational Administration from 1965 -1993, and his wife Tomie established the Colloquium in 1993 in memory of his parents, Loren and Opal Raines.

The purpose of the Raines Colloquium is to foster intellectual, professional and personal growth and collegiality among the students, faculty, and alumni of the Department of Educational Administration, College of Education at Michigan State.

A national leader in the field of student affairs, Dr. Raines was also a critical figure in creating a strong academic and professional foundation for MSU’s nationally recognized programs in student affairs, adult education, and higher education. The Raines Colloquium hosts distinguished scholars and practitioners within student affairs, adult education, and higher education for a series of lectures and discussions with students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Fall 2016 Raines Colloquium

Why Bother with Theory? A Critique on Promises and Challenges of Student Development Theory in Student Affairs Practice Patton Davis

Date: October 6, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: 252 Erickson Hall

Lori Patton Davis

Indiana University School of Education
In 1978, Knefelkamp, Widick, and Parker edited a New Directions for Student Services monograph entitled, Applying New Developmental Findings. The editors attempted to engage in sense-making of the diverse array of existing theories. Their efforts were vital given the rapid growth of student development theories and the strongly held “theory to practice” philosophy held among student affairs professionals. In the monograph, the authors briefly ponder the question: Why bother with theory? In this presentation, Patton Davis responds to their question regarding the need to “bother” with student development theory in student affairs practice. She highlights recent updates and trends in student development scholarship, particularly the need for more critical approaches to theory, that not only disrupt inequities embedded in student affairs graduate preparation, but also subsequent practices as they relate to research, teaching and practice.

Dr. Lori Patton Davis is a Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program at the Indiana University School of Education. Her scholarship broadly examines race and racism in college environments through a critical race lens, African Americans in higher education, and college access and success for racially minoritized populations. Dr. Patton Davis is perhaps the most well-known researcher and scholar in the area of campus cultural centers and is editor of the book, Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education, which highlights various types of racial/ethnic specific culture centers in higher education, their continued relevance, and implications for their existence in relation to student retention and success. She often serves as an external reviewer and consultant for various institutions across the country.
Light refreshments provided.

Past Raines Colloquium Speakers

Spring 2016 Colloquium
“Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders: From Awareness-Action”
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington
President, Washington Consulting Group
Co-Founder, Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI)

Fall 2015 Colloquium
An Accessible Approach to Understanding Title IX: Translating Research and Law into Practice
Jeffrey C. Sun, J.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Higher Education
Assistant Department Chair
University of Louisville

Spring 2015 Colloquium
Making Diversity Work on Campus: Who’s Job Is It and What Has To Be Done?
Dr. Jeffrey Milem
Ernest W. McFarland Distinguished Professor of Leadership for Educational Policy and Reform
University of Arizona

Fall 2014 Colloquium
“Every wall is a door.” (Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Dr. Cynthia Love
Executive Director
ACPA – College Student Educators International

Spring 2014 Colloquium
Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Past, Present, and Future
Dr. Patricia Green-Powell
Interim Dean and Professor, College of Education
Florida A&M University

Fall 2013 Colloquium
Evolution and Innovation: Reflections on History, Founding Values, and Student Affairs Models of Practice
Dr. Kathleen Manning
Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs
University of Vermont

Spring 2013 Colloquium
College Male Identity Development and Masculinities
Frank Harris, III, Ed.D
Associate Professor of Postsecondary Education and Co-Director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative
San Diego State University

Fall 2012 Colloquium
Assessment isn’t an Activity, It’s a State of Mind
Gavin W. Henning, Ph.D (MSU Alum – ’93 MA; ’91 BS)
Associate Professor of Higher Education
New England College

Spring 2012 Colloquium
Kenneth Elmore, J.D.
Dean of Students
Boston University

Fall 2011 Colloquium
Reflections on Max Raines, Higher Education, and Our Work
Dr. George Kuh
Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Higher Education,
Indiana University

Spring 2011 Colloquium
Leadership & Mentorship: Impacting Higher Education with Meaningful Intersections
Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz
Vice President of Student Affairs
Madonna University

Spring 2010 Colloquium
Student and Academic Affairs: Can We Play in the Same Playground?
Dr. Tim Pierson
Vice President for Student Affairs
Longwood University

Fall 2009 Colloquium
Ethnic Identity in College
Dr. Anna Ortiz
Professor of Educational Leadership
California State University – Long Beach

Spring 2009 Colloquium
Spiritual Questions and the College Experience: Is There Room for Higher Learning?
Dr. C. Carney Strange
Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs
Bowling Green State University

Fall 2008 Colloquium
To bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance?:
Renewing a Role for the University in Religion
Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson Chaplain
Brown University

Spring 2008 Colloquium
The Community College Baccalaureate: Mission Creep? Mission Kept?
Dr. Beverly Bower
Associate Professor in Higher Education
Florida State University

Fall 2007 Colloquium
Composing a Life Within Student Affairs
Dr. Jill Carnaghi
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Students & Director of Campus Life
Washington University in St. Louis

Spring 2007 Colloquium
Spirituality in Higher Education
Dr. Arthur W. Chickering
Special Assistant to the President
Goddard College

Spring 2006 Colloquium
Riding the Moving Train: A Social Justice Journey
Dr. Nancy Evans
Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Iowa State University

Spring 2005 Colloquium
Student Resistance in Service-Learning: Site for Transformative Potential or Annoying Distraction?
Dr. Susan Jones
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies
The Ohio State University

Spring 2004 Colloquium
Equity in Access: Using Noncognitive Variables in Higher Education
Dr. William Sedlacek
Professor of Education
University of Maryland, College Park

Spring 2003 Colloquium Exploring Leadership
Dr. Susan Komives
Senior Scholar and Associate Professor
University of Maryland, College Park

Spring 2002 Colloquium Student Politics: Alternative Trends in International Perspective
Dr. Phillip Altbach
Monan Professor of Higher Education
Boston College

Spring 2001 Colloquium Zeroing In on Diversity: What We Can Learn from College Friendship Groups
Dr. Anthony Antonio
Assistant Professor
Stanford University

Fall 1999 Colloquium
Dr. Sylvia Hurtado
Associate Professor of Higher Education
The University of Michigan

Dr. Johnetta Cross Brazzell
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
University of Arkansas

Spring 1999 Colloquium Complex Skills for Complex Times: Thinking Complexly about Multicultural Issues
Dr. Patricia M. King
Professor of Higher Education Administration
Bowling Green State University

Spring 1998 Colloquium
Dr. Marcia Baxter Magolda
Professor of Educational Leadership
Miami University

Fall 1996 Colloquium Transitions of Identity in the Age of Technology
Dr. Sherry Turkle
Professor of the Sociology of Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring 1996 Colloquium Emerging Trends, Successful Innovations, and Moving an Organization to Response
Dr. William H. Maehl
President Emeritus
Fielding Institute

Fall 1993 Colloquium Looking at Your Own Culture and Your Role In It In Times of Change: Shaping, Modifying, and Reframing Education for the Changing World
Dr. Terry Deal
Professor of Education and Human Development
Peabody College of Vanderbilt University