The Thriving Project
Laurie Schreiner, Ph.D

Chair and Professor, Department of Higher Education, Azuza Pacific University

The Thriving Project
Eric McIntosh, Ph.D

Strategic Partnerships Advisor, Civitas Learning

Dr. Laurie Schreiner is currently Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Programs in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University in southern California, having spent 30 years in higher education as a psychology professor and associate academic dean after receiving her PhD in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Co-author of The Student Satisfaction Inventory that is used on over 1600 campuses across the US and Canada, Dr. Schreiner is also co-author of Helping Sophomores Succeed (2009) and has served on the board of the National Resource Center for First-Year Students and Students in Transition. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on positive psychology, engaged learning, sophomore success, faculty development, and advising. She also has consulted with over 100 colleges and universities on issues of student success, strengths-based education, retention, academic advising, student satisfaction, and effective teaching strategies.  She has been principal investigator on two federal grants to promote student success and retention and has directed national projects on retention and student satisfaction. An award-winning teacher and researcher, her current research interests focus on student thriving and on transition issues in the sophomore year. Her most recent publications include a three-part series on college student thriving in About Campus, an article on engaged learning in the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, an article on student satisfaction and retention in the Journal of College Student Retention, and an article on the impact of faculty and staff on high-risk students for the Journal of College Student Development. Recently published by the University of South Carolina Press is an edited book, Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success.

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