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I study college student development, learning, and success. I tend to think through ecological systems and I do most of my work in ways that consider students’ social identities in their experiences and outcomes: mixed-race college students, LGBTQ students, students at women’s colleges and universities around the world. Recently I have begun to work on institutional ecologies that promote student success and thriving, and I am starting to think about critical ecological approaches to this work. My CV includes a detailed list of publications and funding support for these projects. Here are some highlights.

Books about College Students and Student Development

Patton, L. D., Renn, K. A., Guido, F. M., & Quaye, S. J. (2016). Student development in college: Theory, research, and practice, Third Edition. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.

Renn, K. A., & Reason, R. D. (2021). College students in the United States: Characteristics, experiences, and outcomes, Second Edition. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Publications about

LGBTQ Students

Co-authors are members of the research team of the National Study of LGBTQ College Student Success and additional collaborators.

Nguyen, D. J., Copeland, O., & Renn, K. A. (in press). LGBQ+ students’ college search processes: Implications for college transitions. Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

Miller, R., Dika, S., Nguyen, D. J., Woodford, M. R., & Renn, K. A. (2021). LGBTQ+ college students with disabilities: Demographics and risk and protective factors. Journal of LGBT Youth, 18 (1), 60-77.

Hill, R. L., Kilgo, C. A., Shea, H. D., Nguyen, D. J., Lange, A. C., Renn, K. A., & Woodford, M. R. (2021). How LGBTQ+ students thrive in college. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 58 (3), 267-281.

Mollet, A. L., Holmes, J., Linley, J. L., & Renn, K. A. (2021). Queer in residence: Exploring the on-campus housing experiences of queer college students. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 58 (1), 1-14.

Nguyen, D. J., Linley, J. L., Renn, K. A., & Woodford, M. R. (2020). Exploring LGBTQ+ students’ awareness of housing and anti-discrimination policies across institution type for special issue of Journal of College and University Student Housing, 46 (3), 28-44.

Kilgo, C. A., Linley, J. L., Renn, K. A., & Woodford, M. R. (2019). High impact for whom? The influence of environment and identity on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer college students’ participation in high-impact activities. Journal of College Student Development, 60(4), 421-436.

Mathies, N., Coleman, T., McKie, R. M., Woodford, M. R., Courtice, E. L., Travers, R., & Renn, K. A. (2019). The effects of hearing “That’s so gay” and “No homo” on academic outcomes for LGB college students. Journal of LGBT Youth, 16(3), 255-277.

Linley, J. L., Renn, K. A., & Woodford, M. R. (2018). Examining the academic microsystems of LGBTQ STEM majors. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 24 (1), 1-16.

Woodford, M. R., Joslin, J. Y., Pitcher, E. N., & Renn, K. A. (2017). A mixed-methods inquiry into trans* environmental microaggressions on college campuses: Experiences and outcomes. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 26 (1-2), 95-111. doi: 10.1080/15313204.2016.1263817

…Ecologies that Promote College Student Success

Torres, V., & Renn, K. A. (2021) Does metric-centered leadership generate more silos? An organizational model for student success integration. Change, 53 (2), 49-56 .

Renn, K. A. (2020). Student success mindset: How residential peer staff understand and enact their role in student success. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 46 (2), 10-27.

Pitcher, E. N., Camacho, T., Renn, K. A., & Woodford, M. R. (2018). Affirming policies, programs, and supportive services: Understanding organizational supports promoting LGBTQ+ college student success. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 11 (2), 117-132. doi: 10.1037/dhe0000048

Nguyen, D. J., Brazelton, G. B., Renn, K. A., & Woodford, M. R. (2018). Exploring the influence of LGBTQ+ student services resources on student success at community colleges: A mixed methods analysis.  Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 42 (11), 783-796. doi: 10.1080/10668926.2018.1444522

Nicolazzo, Z. D., Pitcher, E. N., Renn, K. A., & Woodford, M. R. (2017). An exploration of trans* kinship as a strategy for student success. Qualitative Studies in Education, 30 (3), 305-319.

Stewart, D. L., Brazelton, G. B., & Renn, K. A. (Eds.). (2015). LGBTQ college student success. New Directions for Student Services, 152. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

…Women’s Colleges and Universities Worldwide

Renn, K. A. (2017). The role of women’s colleges and universities in providing access to postsecondary education. Review of Higher Education, 41(1), pp. 91-112.

Renn, K. A. (2014). Women’s colleges and universities in a global context. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.