Jennifer oversees the Office of the First-Year Experience, which provides support and resources for new students to make a successful intellectual and social transition to the institution by delivering programs that encourage student engagement and success. During her career in higher education, Jennifer has served in support roles for transitioning students at a private women’s college, a community college, large research universities, and a faith-based private institution. Through positions in the first-year seminar, first-year experience, new student orientation, student leadership development, and residence life, she has developed a thorough understanding of the needs and challenges that face students in transition.
Formerly the associate director for University 101 Programs at the University of South Carolina, Jennifer is a regularly invited presenter for institutes and conferences sponsored by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Her recent publications include a chapter in Jossey-Bass’s 2012 publication, Peer leadership in Higher Education and her book, Providing Academic Support Through Peer Education.