Director of Student Life, Indian Hills Community College
Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership, 2017
Photo credit: Bryan Stewart and Indian Hills Community College
Recently awarded to the Indian Hills Athletic Hall of Fame for accomplishments as a player and coach, Dr. Jennifer Sabourin embodies being a team player and advocate students as the Director of Student Life at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.
“My role [as Director of Student Life] is multifaceted, as I oversee residence life, early alert, student health and wellness, and student activities and student senate; additional responsibilities include student conduct administrator and Title IX Deputy Coordinator. I work closely with several departments across campus, from athletics to international affairs.”
Described by her peers as student-focused, loyal, honest, compassionate, and an advocate for the betterment of students, Dr. Sabourin applies those traits in and out of an administrative setting.
“My goals are to continue to move forward administratively in a higher educational environment. My current duties encompass many aspects outside of the classroom, giving me the strong grasp on college student life. I strive to assist students in reaching their goals and discover for themselves what their potential can be. My goal is to continue to work with students in a positive and impactful manner.”
Dr. Sabourin believes that the opportunities presented to her during her doctoral program helped lead her to her current position as Director of Student Life at Indian Hills Community College.
“Having the opportunity to participate in the LINC leadership program at Iowa State, allowed me to have a first-hand look at the administrative workings of a community college. Being able to speak with trustees, presidents, and other administrators provided leadership learning experiences from a variety of educational backgrounds. It gave me a better understanding and confidence to advance administratively.”
Dr. Sabourin is taking that confidence and applying it to her long-term goals on both administratively and academically.
“In five years I would like to have moved into a Dean of Student Affairs role. I would also like to gain academic experience by possibly teaching a few courses. I plan to continue to broaden my experiences in higher education and in 10 years I would like to be serving as a vice president at a college.”
I enjoy seeing students succeed. I like to challenge the students who I interact with to critically think about what is necessary to reach their goals, both immediate and as they work towards degree. Working with students throughout their time at our institution, to the final day that they walk across the stage, it makes all of the speed bumps along the way worth it.