Résumé

Stephen M. Scott
E-Mail: sms[at]alum.northwestern.edu

Summary of Qualifications

A multidisciplinary approach to higher education administration and policy, with experience in student affairs, communications, policy and ethics, and academic advising, with the following qualifications:
  • Strong liberal arts background with diverse talents and the ability to work independently as well as part of a larger team
  • Conscientious and perceptive approach to both projects as well as people – allowing clean, insightful results and efficient task execution
  • Proven leadership with respect to technology – from Web design, to electronic communications, to online community-building
  • Effective communication skills ensure success by creating enthusiasm for proposals, projects, and activities

Education

Master of Science, Education (Higher Education Administration and Policy)
Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, Evanston, Illinois

  • Master’s Project: “Moral and Ethical Development of College Students Through Non-Academic Conduct Codes”
  • Research and professional interests included student ethical development, organizational culture, and campus technology

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

  • Senior Exercise: “The Effectiveness of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing on the Prevention of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Survivors of Rape”
  • Additional coursework included Photography, Political Science, Ethics and Social Justice, and Eastern Religions
  • Served as mentor to 70 residents of first-year residence hall; coordinated hall educational and recreational events; scheduled nightly watch shift duties for all resident advisors in the building; acted as a liaison between residents, resident advisors, and the Office of Residential Life

Higher Education Experience

Assistant Dean of Students — July 2015 – Present
Office of the Dean of Students in the College, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

  • Plan and oversee the smooth running of the Office of the Dean of Students, including: strategic planning for the office and for the College; directly supervise four to five academic advisers; participate in the hiring of new staff; provide staff development around various issues as appropriate
  • Manage the College’s student conduct system and delegate disciplinary cases to other office deans; address cases of students experiencing academic and/or personal conduct challenges; assist students in crisis; plan interventions for students with special needs; communicate with staff, faculty, and parents as appropriate
  • Maintain an academic advising caseload of approximately 50 students, meeting with them regularly to provide advice on course selection, choice of major/minor, planning academic program, progress towards meeting graduation requirements, study abroad planning, career planning and preparation
  • Serve as a resource to students, faculty, and staff about curriculum, College policies, multiple systems for tracking student information, and University resources.
  • Assist with other special projects (such as data collection and analysis, curriculum, student support, and registration issues) as assigned

College Adviser — September 2014 – June 2015
Office of the Dean of Students in the College, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

  • Maintained an advising caseload of approximately 270 undergraduate students, meeting with them regularly to provide advice on course selection, choice of major/minor, planning academic program, progress towards meeting graduation requirements, study abroad planning, career planning and preparation
  • Provided students with advice about personal problems, and regularly made referrals to professionals and other resources elsewhere in the University
  • Participated in Technology, Staff Development, and Dean’s Advisory committees and other College initiatives such as orientation planning and evaluation of study abroad applications
  • Served as a liaison to undergraduate program in English Language and Literature, as well as to Medieval Studies
  • Served as a resource to students, faculty, and staff about the curriculum, College policies, multiple systems for tracking student information, and University resources.

Teaching Assistant, MS_HE 462 (20), “The College Student”, Northwestern University, December 2009 – December 2012
Assisted with instruction for a graduate-level class offered by Northwestern University’s Higher Education Administration and Policy program, exploring the following topics:

  • Characteristics of college students today and how students change while in college
  • Student development theory, including an exploration of the developmental challenges facing college students in several domains (e.g., cognitive, psychosocial, identity, and student learning)
  • The influence of multiple identities on student development
  • The application of student development theory to practice (e.g., working with students and student groups, developing programs, and making policy)

Assistant Director of Student Services — June 2008-December 2009
Coordinator of Student Services — June 2006-May 2008

The Graduate School (TGS), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

  • Served as a resource and advocate for approximately 3,000 graduate students on academic issues including registration, degree progression, professional development, probation, candidacy, electronic dissertation submission, and graduation
  • Coordinated an annual full-day graduate student orientation for approximately 775 students, as well as commencement activities and other visibility initiatives
  • Responsible for streamlining and delivering TGS’s regular electronic communications to students, faculty, and staff
  • Managed relationship with Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) partner institutions to allow TGS students to pursue specialized courses of study, research, and work at other CIC institutions
  • Coordinated all aspects of the curricular and policy change process for TGS, including the CIC’s technology-facilitated course sharing initiatives
  • Responsible for the creation of Innovations, The Graduate School’s biannual print publication, via collaboration with TGS’ graduate programs, students, University service providers, and University Relations
  • Designed and tested “Self-Service” modules in TGS’s PeopleSoft Student Enterprise System, eliminating the use of most paper forms related to degree progression

Acting Coordinator — March 2006-June 2006
Graduate Assistant — June 2005-February 2006

Office of Judicial Affairs / Off-Campus Living, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

  • Adjudicated the majority of off-campus students’ cases brought to the Office of Judicial Affairs
  • Managed relationship-building efforts between students living off campus and City of Evanston residents
  • Investigated and provided sanction recommendations for two hazing incidents receiving campus and national attention
  • Coordinated and facilitated the Division of Student Affairs’ Community Values and Ethical Decision Making course
  • Acted on behalf of the Dean of Students and Judicial Affairs Officer in cases of their absence, or a conflict-of-interest

Graduate Assistant — August 2004-June 2005
Office of Alumni Relations and Development, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

  • Coordinated “Countdown to Commencement” media campaign to graduating senior class; drafted gift acknowledgement and other stewardship correspondence to major donors on behalf of the University President and other senior administrators

Affiliations

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
Member

American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
Member

Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services (AGAPSS) Knowledge Community
Former Member

Association for Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA)
Former Member

Honors, Awards, Professional Development, and Community Involvement

“Safe Space” Program (The University of Chicago; Northwestern University)
Active member; received training emphasizing knowledge about issues, concerns, and resources for LGBTQ persons, as well as in developing counseling/helping skills to support the LGBTQ community

Pilgrim Community Nursery School Board of Directors
Senior Member and Technology Chair (2012-2015)

Northwestern University Hearing and Appeals Boards
Former member; received specialized training in mediation / conciliation strategies as well as in adjudicating cases involving sexual assault

Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)
Member, review committee for CAS best practices document on Graduate Student Programs and Services (2009)

Northwestern University Master of Science in Education Program
Delivered opening remarks at the 2006 graduation ceremony for Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Education program

Third Annual Northwestern University Division of Student Affairs Conference
Presented “Student Moral and Ethical Development through Student Conduct Codes” June 22, 2005

Kenyon College Office of Residential Life
Head Resident Advisor for a first-year residence hall serving 70 students; served as mentor to hall residents; coordinated hall educational and recreational events; scheduled nightly watch shift duties for all resident advisors in the building; acted as a liaison between residents, resident advisors, and the Office of Residential Life

Rotary Club of Mount Vernon
Honorary Student Rotarian representative for Kenyon College, for academic achievement as well as demonstrated community activities and awareness of civic responsibility

Technical Skills

PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, AdviseStream advising platform, Crystal Reports, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Administration, Google Apps for Work Administration, HTML / CSS, Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Front Page, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Word Perfect, PHPlist E-mail Newsletter Manager, UnityMail E-mail Campaign Management, Grovesite Online Collaboration Tool, Mac OS, Windows OS, SunGard BSR/Advance CRM, Hyland OnBase CMS, Meeting Maker, Open VMS/VAX, WebTrends Enterprise Server