Jared A. Russell, Ph.D.

Jared A. Russell, Ph.D.
Auburn University
College of Education – Director of Student Development & Chief Diversity Officer

TITLE: Reframing Recruiting and Retention Practices for Diverse Student Populations: How Auburn University’s School of Kinesiology Transformed their Student Body

DESCRIPTION OF TALK: Session will provide an overview of best and promising practices regarding the effective recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate students of diverse (e.g., ethnic, socio-economic, geographic, etc.) backgrounds to academic programs. Specifically, the presenter will outline how Auburn University’s School of Kinesiology and College of Education established strategic goals and processes, allocated financial and human resources, and developed mutually beneficial partnerships with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to support their diversity and inclusion initiatives.

BIO: Dr. Jared A. Russell is a Professor of kinesiology, specializing in physical education teacher education (PETE), at Auburn University (AL). In addition to his faculty role, he serves as the College of Education’s Director of Student Development (Office of Student Services - Dean’s Office) and Chief Diversity Officer. He earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education from Morehouse College (1997) and his graduate degrees from the University of Georgia (M.A. 1999 & Ph.D. 2002) in Physical Education and Sport Studies. His scholarship and outreach efforts focus on issues of diversity in higher education, graduate student socialization, and developing models for facilitating outreach efforts aimed at improving the overall wellness of traditionally under-served populations. Dr. Russell collaborates extensively with K-20 and local community agencies to promote social justice, outreach, and leadership development activities.  His scholarly work has been published in both national and international publications and presented at numerous conferences.