Roger Wessel

Roger Wessel

Professor of Higher Education


Room:TC 831

About Roger Wessel

Roger is a Professor of Higher Education, Director of the Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE, a nationally recognized program), and doctoral faculty member associated with the Adult, Higher, and Community Education doctoral program. In addition to serving as a faculty member, he has over 20 years experience in higher education in various roles including planning, research, and evaluation; orientation and new student programs; career center; admissions and enrollment planning; as an assistant to a vice chancellor for administration; and as a member of a board of trustees for one of his alma maters. Roger earned his doctor of philosophy and master’s degree in higher education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a dissertation topic of “Profiles and Career Patterns of Private, Four-Year College Presidents.” He also graduated from Lee University and Tomlinson College with degrees in Biblical studies.

Roger’s teaching and research focuses on the academic and social integration of undergraduates, college student retention and persistence toward graduation, evaluation and assessment of educational programs, and collegiate experiences of students with disabilities. His philosophical approach to teaching and mentoring is based on Sanford’s (1979) ideal mismatch between challenge and support and Astin’s (1985) commitment to student involvement in the learning process. As a teacher, he is committed to active learning, high expectations, multiple methods of delivery, and applied and innovative techniques. He has published more than 50 refereed or invited articles, presented at more than 100 professional conferences, mentored more than 140 doctoral and master’s students with dissertations and theses, and has grants totaling more than $750,000 including a major award/grant from the US Department of Education on mentoring students with disabilities.

Roger is married to Rita, a speech and language therapist at Southside Middle School in the Muncie Community Schools, has two daughters, Lindsey (Flora, Indiana) and Lauren (Lenoir, Tennessee), and six grandchildren. He enjoys playing tennis and racquetball, and four-wheeling at his cabin in the Black Hills of South Dakota.


Ph.D. in Higher Education

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

M.A. in Higher Education

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL