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The mission of the Joint Center for Student Affairs Research and Professional Practice (JCSARPP) is to promote international collaboration that advances both research and practice in the field of student affairs.  JCSARPP was launched in November 2017 at two universities, Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB).  The Center was created as a collaboration between three parties within these universities: (1) the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at OSU, (2) the Division of Student Affairs at OSU, and (3) the University of Science and Technology Beijing.  JSCARPP was the first joint academic center established anywhere in the world to promote student affairs research and best practices. 

Partnership

The OSU College of Education, Health and Aviation, (2) the OSU Division of Student Affairs, and (3) the University of Science and Technology Beijing

The Functions of the Center

  • Conduct collaborative scholarly research in higher education administration and student affairs
  • Serve as the hub for organizing international internships for graduate students in College Student Development
  • Serve as the host for the annual International Symposium on Student Affairs
  • Host visiting scholars in the field of student affairs or university administration
  • Provide workshops and seminars on international education in China
  • Offer study abroad courses to examine student affairs and college student development in other cultures.

Joint Center Research Fellow Program

The Joint Center’s Research Fellow program provides residential fellowships to individual visiting scholars in the field of student affairs.  The program offers research and professional development opportunities through the interaction with OSU faculty and staff in the College of Education, Health and Aviation and the OSU Division of Student Affairs.  The program also features a mentorship program that pairs the individual visiting scholar with a faculty member in the College of Education, Health and Aviation or a senior administrator in the Division of Student Affairs.

The visiting scholar program is three to six months in length.  To be eligible, candidates must be in a Ph.D. program or have received the Ph.D. degree in the field of Education, Higher Education or Student Affairs. Extensive professional experience in the field of student affairs is also required.

Current and Past Research Fellows

  • Yijing Wang, Fudan University, December 2018 – June 2019

Ms. Wang is a doctoral candidate at Fudan University.  She received her Master’s degree in Journalism from Fudan University and double bachelor degrees from Fudan University and Waseda University. Currently, she works as a senior staff of student affairs at Fudan University.  With great passion for student affairs, Ms. Wang also worked as an assistant researcher in campus planning & policy research and a manager of volunteer affairs in the media center for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Area of Focus: leadership development, professional development of student affairs staff


  •  Jue Wang, Fudan University, October 2017 – April 2018

Mr. Wang is a doctoral candidate at Fudan University.  He graduated from Fudan University with both his bachelor and Master’s degree.  In 2017 his position was the Chief of Graduate Student Affairs in the Department of Material Sciences.  He was selected by Fudan University to be the second Visiting Scholar at OSU and was fully funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council.  During his 8 years as a student affairs professional at Fudan University, he has worked in various student affairs functions such as campus life, residential life, volunteer services, and university organization department.  Throughout his career, he has received many top awards in Fudan University and was named a “top ten” student affairs advisor at Fudan.

Area of Focus: graduate student services and academic support, college student development theory


  •  Yan Xu, Fudan University, December 2016 – June 2017

Ms. Yan Xu is a doctoral candidate at Fudan University.  Ms. Xu received her Master’s degrees from Fudan University and her bachelor degree from East China Normal University.  Before Ms. Xu visited OSU, she worked as a student affairs advisor in Career Development Office at Fudan University. In 2016, she was selected by Fudan University to be the first Visiting Scholar at OSU and was fully funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council.

Area of Focus: orientation program and leadership program


  •  Xueying Hou, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), January 2015 – January 2016

Ms. Hou is a doctoral candidate at Sun Yat-sen University.  She graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University with her bachelor degree in Ecology and Master’s degree in Business Administration.  With the great passion of engaging in the students affairs work, she currently serves as the student affairs advisor for the School of Software.

Area of Focus: new student orientation and career advising


  •  Jieying Liu, Sun Yat-sen University, January 2015 – January 2016

Ms. Liu received her Ph.D. from South China Normal University.  She graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University with both her bachelor and Master’s degree.  Ms. Liu’s interest in campus engagement led her to choose students affairs as her career in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Sun Yat-Sen University.  Her current position is Deputy Director of Student Affairs at Sun Yat-sen University.

Area of Focus: new student orientation and housing programs


  •  Yunzhi Pan, Sun Yat-sen University, January 2015 -- January 2016

Mr. Pan graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University with a bachelor degree in chemistry and a Master’s degree in polymer chemistry and physics.  He held multiple positions in the field of student affairs, including the Section Member of the Administration Office of Sun Yat-Sen University, the Deputy Section Chief of the Coordination Section of Student Affairs Office, and the Section Chief of the Student Loan Section of Student Affairs Office.  He is currently the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the School of Marine Sciences.

Area of Focus: campus life programing, orientation program and leadership development


  •  Bojun Yu, Sun Yat-sen University, January 2015 – January 2016

Mr. Yu is a doctoral candidate at Sun Yat-sen University.  He graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University with both his bachelor degree in Computer Science and Technology and a Master’s degree in Educational Economy and Management.  While pursuing his Master’s degree, Mr. Yu started his student affairs career at Sun Yat-Sen University as a staff member.  After finishing his Master’s degree, he continued his career as a Senior Advisor in the School of Mathematical and Computational Science from May 2008 to December 2012, and then Director of Youth League Committee since May 2012.

Area of Focus: leadership development, extracurricular activities and programing 


Global Perspectives on Higher Education Student Affairs Lecture Series

 The Global Perspectives on Higher Education and Student Affairs Series brings international scholars and senior practitioners to OSU. The series promotes understanding of the student affairs profession within the global context.

Spring 2018 Lecture:
Title: Higher Education and Student Affairs in China: The Fudan University Story
Presented by Mr. Jue Wang, Visiting Scholar from Fudan University, China.

Internship Program

The Joint Center develops and identifies internship opportunities for College Student Development program students in international locations. The Joint Center supports interested students as they both apply for student affairs internship positions abroad and identify funding opportunities.

Possible internship locations:

  • Fudan University: Fudan University, established in 1905, is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China (currently ranked as # 4 in the nation). Fudan University is a comprehensive university that emphasizes physical sciences, humanities and medical sciences. It currently has a total enrollment of over 45,000 full time students. Fudan University is located in the city of Shanghai. For more information: http://www.fudan.edu.cn/en/
  • University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB): USTB, founded in 1952, is a national key university located in Beijing. USTB is strong in engineering, especially in materials science and engineering. USTB also offers academic programs in basic science, management, humanities, economics and law. It has a total enrollment of over 24,000 full time students. For more information: http://en.ustb.edu.cn/

If you are interested in learning more about the internship program, please contact Dr. Stephen Wanger at steve.wanger@okstate.edu 

Current and Past Interns

  • Evan T. Frejo, two-month internship in Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China

International Symposium on Student Affairs

The OSU International Symposium on Student Affairs is designed to provide Chinese Higher Education senior administrators and student affairs practitioners an opportunity to participate in lectures, discussions, and small group tours. This one-week program focuses on the American model of Student Affairs in higher education. College student development theories and practices are examined, with an emphasis on using theory to guide programs and services. The inaugural program was offered in 2009. Since then, more than 300 Chinese senior student affairs professionals from over 40 Chinese institutions have attended the program. In June 2018, the program celebrated its 10th anniversary.

For more information, please contact Dr. Vivian Wang at vivian.wang@okstate.edu