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MSU education professor Tricia Seifert wins award for commitment to student learning and research

September 29, 2015 -- MSU News Service


Tricia Seifert, associate professor, Adult & Higher Education. MSU Photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res available

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Montana State University’s Tricia Seifert, an associate professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Development, recently won the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services’ CACUSS Award of Honor. The award – which is widely recognized as the association’s most prestigious – is given for significant achievement and distinguished contribution to the development and promotion of student services and/or active participation within CACUSS.

Seifert’s award letter noted her contributions in supporting student affairs research in Canada, her contributions to CACUSS through presentations and mentoring graduate students to present, her support of the organization and her commitment to student learning and research.

Seifert said she was “stunned to receive the award” because she had only been in Canada for five years. She added that it made her reflect on the influence she has had in the field of student support in higher education.

Funded by a series of external Canadian grants, Seifert spent the summer publishing early results from a survey of faculty and staff from 11 institutions in Canada focusing on supporting student success and the role of student services. Her work, in collaboration with other researchers, is a comprehensive examination of the relationship between organizational characteristics of postsecondary institutions and student persistence and success, she said.

Before joining the faculty at MSU, Seifert was an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She maintains an appointment in the Leadership, Higher and Adult Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Seifert said she looks forward to further developing international opportunities for research and scholarship for students at MSU.

Contact: Debra Redburn, College of Education, Health and Human Development, (406) 994-6890, or dredburn@montana.edu