CSSA Major Professor/Advisor Bios



Jackie Balzer  Dr. Jackie Balzer currently coordinates the College Student Services Administration E-Campus master’s degree program at Oregon State University.

Dr. Balzer’s thirty year career includes working at Willamette University as Special Assistant to the President, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Portland State, and Dean of Student Life and Director of Student Retention Programs at Oregon State University. Prior to working at Oregon State, Jackie served as the director of Student Orientation Programs and the Coordinator of LGBTQ Support Services at the University of Oregon. Jackie began her student affairs career at Eastern Washington University, as the assistant director for Residence Life Programs.

Dr. Balzer holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Washington State University, a M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration and Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education Leadership from Oregon State University.  In her free time, Jackie enjoys spending time in the backcountry; hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing with her wife Monica and their dog Oliver. 


Dave Craig has been working in higher education for over 22 years, with a primary focus on housing and residential life.  He received his BS in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management in 1992, and an Ed.M. in College Student Services Administration in 1996.  After earning his Ed.M., Dave began his professional career in Higher Education at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he served as both a Resident Director and the Internship Coordinator in Career Services.  Dave currently is the Director of Assessment and Business Development for University Housing & Dining Services at OSU.  Dave has been a member of the NWACUHO Executive Board, and on the Board of NASPA Region V.


Jason J. Dorsette is a native of North Carolina who now resides in Corvallis, Oregon. Jason is a PhD student in College of Education Language, Educational Policy, and Equity program at Oregon State University. His research interest includes issues of access and equity in the context of higher education informed by race, gender, and the interconnectedness of other social identities. Jason has worked in higher education for over a decade and has proven track record of making positive impacts on the lives of students, faculty, staff, and community members that he interacts with. He currently serves as the inaugural director for the office of Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success and is a Faculty member in the College Student Service Administration (CSSA) graduate program both at Oregon State. Receiving his BA degree in History and Education and MS degree in Public Policy and Administration from North Carolina Central University, a historically Black college, Jason has served in leadership capacities regionally, nationally, and internationally in a number of higher education professional associations, as well as published and contributed to several books and articles. Civically, Jason comes from a long family legacy of politically and socially involved relatives. Jason serves as the Vice President of the NAACP Corvallis-Albany branch and serves as a board member for several non-profit and social justice based organizations. Jason is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and during his free time likes to read academic publications, talk about the Dallas Cowboys, travel, and visit blogs focused on men’s social issues.


Marigold S. Holmes currently serves as the Manager for Sponsored Student Programs in the Office of International Services (OIS).  In this role, she provides strategic leadership to international sponsored student programs for all OSU and INTO OSU programs, acts as a liaison between OSU/INTO OSU and foreign government sponsors, and assists sponsored international students to succeed in their educational sojourn at OSU. Marigold is also a member of the teaching faculty for the College Student Service Administration Program in the College of Liberal Arts. Marigold has served in the field of international education for over 20 years. From 1997 to 2012, she worked at the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan) in Tokyo. She has held various other positions in international recruitment and retention, student leadership development, graduate student success and academic advising at Oregon State University, Fulbright/EducationUSA Japan, and the University of Washington. She has given presentations on various topics related to international education at international conferences and has been invited as a guest lecturer at universities throughout Japan. She is also an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and is an alumnus of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. Her research interests include topics related to international education, including international students’ adjustment and success, international student mobility, government policies on internationalization, comparative higher education, Japan-U.S. educational exchange, public diplomacy vis-à-vis higher education, and third-culture kids.  Marigold earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Washington-Seattle and a Master of Science degree in College Student Service Administration from OSU. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching from OSU. Marigold is bilingual and bicultural (Japanese-American) and is passionate about promoting mutual understanding through educational exchange. She enjoys experiencing world culture and foods, attending theatrical and musical performances, and taking strolls through nature.


Kerry Kincanon is the Director of the University Exploratory Studies Program and has been connected with the CSSA program for 20 years.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Wayne State College (Nebraska) and M.A. in English from Ball State University (Indiana) and Ed.M in CSSA from OSU.  Kerry’s primary professional and higher education interests are academic advising, general education curriculum, and first-year student transitions and experience (particularly for first generation/low income students).   Prior to his work in advising at OSU, he taught writing and literature at a community college and worked with faculty development programs.  Kerry is actively involved in NACADA: A Global Community for Academic Advising, and will be wrapping up a 3-year term on NACADA’s Board of Directors in October 2019. Within the field of academic advising, he is specifically interested in advising philosophy, theory, and history, advising undecided and exploratory students, first-year college student transitions, and advisors as agents of social justice.


Jeff Malone serves as Director, Cross Campus Strategic Initiatives (CCSI) within the Office of Academic Achievement.  CCSI oversees the development, implementation, and assessment of campus-wide initiatives in support of academic advising/academic counseling and the transition and integration of matriculated students.  They provide training, resources, transitional coursework, advocacy, expertise, and community-building opportunities for faculty and students alike.  Jeff has been connected to the CSSA program since 2007. Prior to OSU, Jeff worked in Student Life & Development as well as Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration at California State University Long Beach (CSULB).  He earned an MS in Counseling (Student Development in Higher Education) from CSULB, and a BA in Modern Literary Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz.  He has served on various OSU Faculty Senate Committees including the Academic Standing Committee and the Academic Requirements Committee. Jeff has been a member of NACADA since 2005.


Janet Nishihara is currently the Director of the Educational Opportunities Program at Oregon State where she has worked since she was a graduate student in CSSA.  Her doctorate is in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon. She has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work with students in her many roles in EOP where she is currently the director, with graduate students in the CSSA program, and with faculty and staff in her work across campus.  She has seen many changes in the support of students of color over the years and is very aware of how far we have yet to go.


Larry Roper is a Professor of School of Language, Culture and Society and Coordinator of the Social Justice Minor in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.  Larry also serves as Program Lead for the College Student Services Administration program. Previously, he served Oregon State University as Vice Provost for Student Affairs from 1995-2014. He also served for 18 months as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at OSU. He has more that 40 years higher education experience and has held numerous positions in student affairs throughout the U.S.

Larry currently serves as a Commissioner with the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission.  He served a 6-year term as a Commissioner with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  Additionally, he served locally as President of the Board of Jackson Street Youth Services, which serves homeless and vulnerable youth; President of United Way, on the boards of Community Outreach, Inc and the OSU Credit Union, and as a Board of Trustee member for Heidelberg University, his alma mater.

Larry has more than 60 publications in the form of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs.  He is co-editor of the recently published monograph, Centering Dialogue in Leadership Development (2019). He has edited or co-edited three other books/monographs: Angst and Hope: Current Issues in Student Affairs Leadership (2016); Supporting and Supervising Mid-Level Professionals (2011), and Teaching for Change: The Difference, Power, and Discrimination Model (2007). He writes a regular column for the Journal of College and Character.  He has also served on more than 80 thesis or dissertation committees, having chaired more than 40.

Larry has degrees from Heidelberg University (A.B., History), Bowling Green State University (M.A., College Student Personnel), and the University of Maryland (Ph.D., College Student Personnel Administration).


Thomas Delve Scheuermann serves on the Graduate Faculty in the College Student Services Administration (CSSA) master's program, as a part time instructor.  He teaches courses in the law of higher education, and American higher education history, as well as coordinates reading & conference and projects courses, in the Corvallis and Ecampus programs.  Tom also serves as advisor to several students each year.  From 1992-2013, Tom was Director of University Housing and Dining Services at OSU, while serving on the faculty of the College of Education. Prior to coming to OSU in 1990, Tom served in various positions in student affairs at the University of Maryland College Park

Tom’s research and writing focus on legal issues in higher education; race, racism and related law and policy; and supervision and management. Publications include articles in the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and the Journal of College and University Student Housing; as well as book chapters in ACUHO-I and NASPA publications. He is co-author with Dr. Robert T. Carter of the forthcoming book, Confronting Racism: Integrating Mental Health Research into Legal Strategies and Reforms (to be published by Routledge in 2020).  Tom has presented numerous peer-reviewed and invited programs on legal issues, student housing, and student affairs/higher education topics at ACUHO-I and NASPA regional and national/international conferences over the past thirty-five years.  His volunteer service is primarily with families who are homeless.  He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of College and University Student Housing, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Journal; as well as on the Family Promise of the Mid-Willamette Valley Board. 

Tom received his B.S. in psychology, and M.A. in student personnel work in higher education from Ohio State University, and J.D. from the Catholic University of America School of Law. He is a member of the District of Columbia (active), Maryland (inactive), and United States Supreme Court bars. Tom and his family live in Salem and Portland, Oregon.


Tristen Shay is the Associate Director of Student Services and Student Diversity Liaison for the College of Liberal Arts, and has been a faculty member in the CSSA program at OSU for the past several years.  They received their BA in Gender Studies as well as Art History & Visual Culture Studies at Whitman College and their EdM in CSSA from OSU.  In addition to their current work in Advising and Student Services, Tristen also sits on a variety of boards and committees including the Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice (OSU), the National Liberal Arts Steering Committee (NACADA), Faculty Senate (OSU), and the National Out N About board (non-profit LGBTQ+ youth services). At OSU they support several student groups: Hillel (Jewish Student Union), Alpha Kappa Psi (International, Coeducation Business Fraternity) and TREX (Trans* Resource and Education eXtravaganza!). Their interests within advising are broad, but currently include persistence for trans* college students and recruitment and retention of indigenous populations.