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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. (in press). College students in the United States: Characteristics, experiences, and outcomes, Second Edition. Sterling, VA: Stylus. [due Winter 2021]

Publications about

LGBTQ Students

Co-authors are members of the extended team of the National Study of LGBTQ College Student Success.

Hill, R. L., Kilgo, C. A., Shea, H. D., Nguyen, D. J., Lange, A. C., Renn, K. A., & Woodford, M. R. (published online April 21, 2020). How LGBTQ+ students thrive in college. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/19496591.2020.1738241

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

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

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. https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol46no3/index.php#/28

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

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.