Elizabeth Niehaus

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Elizabeth Niehaus

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, Counseling and Personnel Services/College Student Personnel Administration
M.A., Washington University in St. Louis, American Culture Studies
B.A., University of Virginia, Linguistics

Dr. Niehaus's research focuses on ways in which educational environments facilitate learning and development for students, faculty and staff in higher education. She is currently working on research projects revolving around how graduate programs and early career work environments facilitate the development of research self-efficacy in scholars in the field of higher education and student affairs; faculty and student engagement and learning in short-term, faculty-led study abroad courses; student learning and development in the context of alternative break programs; and student engagement and development in Caribbean tertiary education.

Teaching and Advising

Dr. Niehaus advises doctoral students in Educational Leadership and Higher Education and master's students in the Higher Education and Student Affairs concentrations. She looks for students with a clear vision for why they want to pursue a graduate degree as well as students with specific questions they are interested in exploring through research. Dr. Niehaus teaches the following courses: EDAD 842 (College Students in America), EDAD 932 (Global Issues in Higher Education), EDAD 995 (Advanced Student Development Theory), EDAD 995 (Advanced Qualitative Research Methods--Case Study Research), and EDAD 995 (Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods).

Areas of Expertise:

    Student Affairs
    Service-Learning/International Service-Learning
    Internationalization of Higher Education
    Study Abroad
    Research Methods

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2012, Emerging Scholars Workshop Attendee, AERA Division J2011, Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, University of Maryland College of Education2008, Graduate Student Travel Award, Association for the Study of Higher Education2002, Phi Beta Kappa, The University of Virginia
2013-present, Assistant Professor, Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska2012-present, Postdoctoral Research Associate, NSF Advance Grant, University of Maryland-College Park, College Park Maryland2012-present, Assistant Director and Instructor, Master of Professional Studies in Leadership Education and Development (Navy LEAD), University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland2010-2012, Coordinator, Grants & Assessment, College of Education Office of International Initiatives, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland2007-2010, Graduate Coordinator, Minor in Leadership Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland2007-2008, Facility Director, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Gamma Mu Chapter2005-2007, Clinical Program Coordinator, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri2004-2005, AmeriCorps VISTA, Ohio Campus Compact, The Ohio State University (Project Community)2002-2004, Campus Organizer/Assistant Organizing Director, California Public Interest Research Group
ACPA: College Student Educators InternationalAmerican Educational Research Association (AERA)Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher EducationInternational Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement