Coordinator, Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education Graduate Certificate Program
Matthew Wawrzynski is Professor within the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University. He received a B.S. in Biology from Canisius College, a M.S. in College Personnel from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in Education, Leadership, Policy, and Administration from University of Maryland–College Park.
His scholarly work examines how student input characteristics (e.g., non-cognitive variables, expectations) and environmental variables (e.g., living learning communities, involvement experiences, peer education learning outcomes) influence postsecondary student outcomes (e.g., learning, development, and engagement). Before coming to Michigan State University, he was an AERA Postdoctoral Research Fellow and worked at the National Survey of Student Engagement. In addition to his experiences as a faculty member, he served as a student affairs practitioner for almost 15 years in the areas of residence life, orientation, advising, student life, drug and alcohol education, and student conduct.
Wawrzynski directs the National Peer Education Study, a BACCHUS Initiative of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He has delivered talks on student learning outcomes at institutions throughout China, Luxembourg, Singapore, and South Africa. He serves on several journal boards and served a two-year term as the executive editor for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
Also, since September 2021, Wawrzynski serves as Principal Investigator for The USAID Higher Education Career Development Initiative (HECDI), a four-year, $2 million project funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission in Mozambique (USAID/Mozambique).
The National Peer Education Study
A study designed to provide evidence-based research outcomes associated with being a peer educator on a college or university campus.
Assessing Pathways to Retention in Undergraduate STEM Education
In the CHAE Report (Fall 2015), Dr. Wawrzynski discusses efforts to incorporate more active learning techniques in STEM classrooms with the goal of improving undergraduate STEM education.
Professional Collaborative Experiences in South Africa
In the CHAE Report (Spring 2016), Dr. Wawrzynski discusses the mutual benefit of the professional collaborative experience between the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa.
Engaging Globally: Student Co-Curricular Involvement and Learning in South Africa
The Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program and Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in South Africa can boast such a sustained partnership, beginning in 1998 and continuing to this day.
Publications & Presentations: A List of Faculty's 2015 Work
A compiled list of publications, presentations, and other scholarly work by Center faculty in 2015.
Chinese University Student Affairs Administrators visit CHAE
Center faculty present a series of Student Affairs workshops to visiting administrators from several Chinese universities.
Building Capacity in New Education Graduate Program in Azerbaijan
In September 2016, a CHAE faculty member and doctoral student joined other MSU College of Education colleagues to travel to Baku, Azerbaijan and celebrate the launch of a new Master of Arts in Educational Management program at ADA University.
Spartan presenters at 2016 ASHE conference
Faculty and current students in the Department of Educational Administration presented at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Center Faculty and Students Head to the Association for the Study of Higher Education
Faculty and students presenting at the 2018 conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Dr. Matthew Wawrzynski Receives NASPA 2019 Pillars of the Profession Award
The Pillars award servers a prestigious recognition of Dr. Wawrzynski's outstanding service and significant contributions to the the field of student affairs!
Wawrzynski Co-Authors Living-Learning Communities that Work: A Research-Based Model for Design, Delivery, and Assessment
Dr. Matt Wawrzynski co-authors a book, which provides a comprehensive model for the design, administration, and assessment of inclusive living-learning communities
Dr. Matthew Wawrzynski receives USAID Grant to support economic growth in Mozambique through career development initiative
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Dr. Matthew Wawrzynski, Associate Professor of Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education (HALE), and MSU a $2 million grant to enhance economic growth and career development in Mozambique.