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Jennifer Nissen

Assistant Director of Community Service & Learning

B.A., University of Florida (Agriculture)
M.S., Florida State University (Higher Education Administration)
Ph.D., Iowa State University (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies)

Jennifer joined the Sturzl Center for Community Service & Learning in July 2012. She has more than 15 years of experience working in colleges and universities.

As the assistant director of community service and learning, Jennifer works with co-curricular programs including the TRIPS Program (in collaboration with the Emmaus Center for Spiritual Life & Vocation) and the Michels Hall Service Program (in collaboration with Residential Education & Housing). Jennifer also serves at the advisor of SNC Dance Marathon, an active student organization on campus, as well as a variety of mission and student affairs committees.

Jennifer credits the Florida alternative breaks program at the University of Florida for her career path. As a student, she was a participant and leader of service trips and continued this involvement as a graduate student and professional staff member. She believes that students who participate in service not only benefit their people with whom they work, but also themselves by deepening their learning.

Jennifer’s dissertation focused on the college experiences of students who were adopted and it is entitled, “Exploring the College Experiences of Students Adopted from South Korea.”  She worked full time in student activities while completing her Ph.D. Jennifer has also authored a book chapter with professor Tynisha Meidl. The chapter entitled, “Dismantling the Perceived Hierarchy: A Shared Intellectual Endeavor between Faculty and Student Affairs,” appeared in the 2015 publication of The SAGE Sourcebook of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.

In her free time, Jennifer likes to read and spend time with her family including her spouse and son. She also loves traveling and visiting college campuses as well as learning new things.

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