Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

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Organization Purpose

The purpose of the organization shall be to promote and recognize excellence in academics, research, and service to the profession of student affairs and higher education through workshops, lectures, professional development, and advocacy.


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Officers for 2016-2017

Olivia McNeill


  • B.S. in English, Secondary Education from Appalachian State University
  • UNCW Graduate Assistant to multicultural student organizations
  • Interests: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education; the cultural foundations of education; assessment and evaluation
  • Obtaining a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women and Gender Studies

Brianna Nichols

Vice President

  • B.A. in Political Science with a minor in English from North Carolina Central University
  • UNCW Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement
  • Interests: first year experience & orientation, leadership & engagement, the reasoning behind why students chose the colleges they do, the reasoning behind why students chose to attend college

Tanika Palmer


  • B.A. in English Literature, minor in Writing from North Carolina Central University
  • Summer GA for UNCW’s Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Summer intern for UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Interests: underrepresented groups (support and retention), diversity and inclusion, housing, orientation

Felix Morton III

Director of Correspondence

  • B.S. in Middle Grades education with concentrations in Mathematics and Social Studies from East Carolina University.
  • 2015-16 UNCW Graduate Assistant for Educational Leadership
  • Summer intern for Wake Forest University – Housing and Residence Life
  • Interests: counseling and advising of university-level students

Deirdre Scanlon


  • B.A. in English from Lynchburg College
  • UNCW Graduate Assistant for the Office of International Programs
  • Summer intern for UNCW’s Office of Student Leadership & Engagement
  • Interests: education abroad; social justice issues, especially as they pertain to gender; assessment and evaluation within higher education
  • Obtaining a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women and Gender Studies

Chapter Advisor 2014-2015

Dr. Andy Ryder

Dr. Andrew J. Ryder is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Higher Education in the Department of EL in the Watson College of Education. Andy earned both his doctorate and master of science degrees in higher education from the Iowa State University and his bachelor of arts degree in history and government from the College of William & Mary. His dissertation studying Iowa GED students' pathways to community college completion earned the 2012 Dissertation of the Year Award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC). Andy's research and scholarly interests include access to postsecondary education for students who have been both under-prepared and under-served by K-12 schools and institutional practices which support college students' development of personal and social responsibility. He also studies the history and philosophy of student affairs practice. Andy has twelve years of professional experience in the field of student affairs, having worked as an honors program student advisor at Iowa State, residence hall director and assistant director in residence life at Northeastern University and assistant dean for residence life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Andy's current research projects include faculty and curricular influences on students' openness to diversity and challenge and the perceptions of essential competencies for new student affairs professionals held by their direct supervisors. He has authored several chapters for the New Directions sourcebooks for higher education and institutional research published by Jossey-Bass and presented at national and international meetings, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Andy is a big fan of the Boston Red Sox and enjoys running and triathlon.