Dian is a visiting assistant professor in the student affairs program. Prior to starting at Iowa State University, Dian was a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Denver's Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE). Dian's research focuses on issues of diversity, equity, and justice in higher education. He particularly focuses on access to graduate education and the experiences of diverse graduate students. He utilizes organizational perspectives to help explain individual behavior and experience in order to transform organizational structures to support equity and justice. He also writes on student activism, racial justice, campus institutional change, and critical praxis in student affairs.
He has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and periodical pieces. He was the co-founder and first Editor in Chief of the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs housed at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Dian was the Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs at the University of Maryland College Park. During that time, he created a national award-winning first-year experience program for LGBTQA students called The One Project. He has served on the board of directors for NODA- Association for Orientation, Retention, and Transition in Higher Education and held numerous positions in ACPA-College Student Educators International.
Ph.D., Higher Education, Loyola University, Chicago, 2015
M.A., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies- Higher Education from the University of Maryland College Park
B.S., Secondary English Education from Florida State University.
Courses for Fall 2016
HG ED 573 - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
HG ED 578 - Students in American Higher Education