Interest/Areas of Research: I am fascinated by many aspects of college student development, but I have spent most of my time researching student transitions and identity development, and specifically the post-university transition.
Student Involvement and Engagement
Institutional Strategies that promote student success
The Role of Higher Education in the 21st Century
The Value of a Degree
Faculty-Student Mentor Relationships
Selected Relevant Publications: McDonough, B., & Perry, A. (in press, 2018). Collecting to the core: Essential works to support college student development. Against the Grain, February Issue.
Gardner, P., & Perry, A. (2012). Transitioning into the 21st century workplace: Will seniors be ready? In M. S. Hunter, J. R. Keup, J. Kinzie, & H. Maietta (Eds.), The Senior Year Experience: Culminating Experiences and Transitions (pp. 135-154). Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
In 2015, I conducted a follow-up study (qualitative interviews) with the original participants of my PhD research (data collected in 2010) in effort to explore graduates and their transition after college from a longitudinal perspective. Another round of interviews/data collection is scheduled for 2020.
Based on my interests in researching identity development and transitions, I am the PI (working with two colleagues) on a qualitative study informed by auto-ethnographic methodology about faculty transitions.
Methodological Alignment: April identifies as a Qualitative Researcher and utilizes methods including, but not limited to:
Ethnography (including auto-ethnography)
Further information about my research: 1.) Western Carolina University - April Perry Bio 2.) PhD Research Abstract 3.) Research Personal Statement 4.) Copy of Dissertation