Carrie Kortegast, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs 


Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)

Research Interests

Carrie A. Kortegast, Ph.D., has been at NIU since summer 2014. She teaches courses on college student development, administration of higher education and student affairs, campus environments, and diversity in higher education. Prior to working at NIU, Kortegast taught in the Higher Education Administration program at Vanderbilt University and served as the assistant dean of Students and Director of Housing and Residential Life at Denison University.  Her professional experience also includes working in admissions and alumnae affairs at Mount Holyoke College. Kortegast has been actively involved with NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She has served as the co-chair for the GLBT Knowledge Community, the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program Board, and the NASPA Region IV-E Board. She also is an active volunteer for the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke.

Kortegast research focuses on issues of identity, diversity, and social justice as it relates to how educational environments mediates student learning and development. Three specific areas of interest are:

  • International education and study abroad
  • Professional practice of student affairs administration
  • LGBTQ topics in higher education
She also writes about the use of visual methods and methodologies in higher education research and pedagogy.


  • Ph.D., Education, Leadership, and Policies Studies with a focus in Higher Education, Iowa State University
  • M.Ed., in Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College

 Carrie Kortegast Contact

Gabel 201C

Contact Us

Department of Counseling and Higher Education
Gabel Hall 200

Counseling Admissions
Graham Hall 416

Higher Education and Student Affairs Admissions
Gabel Hall 201 B