Carrie Kortegast, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs


Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


  • Iowa State University, Ph.D. Education, Leadership, and Policies Studies - Higher Education
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.Ed. Educational Policy, Research, and Administration - Higher Education
  • Mount Holyoke College, B.A. History and Religion

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.

Select Publications

Kortegast, C. A., McCann, K., Branch, K., Latz, A. O., Kelly, B. T., and Linder, C. (2019). Enhancing ways of knowing: Participant-generated visual methods in higher education research. Review of Higher Education, 42(2), 485-510. doi:10.1353/rhe.2019.0004

Kelly, B. T., and Kortegast, C. A. (2018). Engaging Images for Research, Pedagogy, and Practice: Utilizing Visuals to Understand and Promote College Student Development. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Kortegast, C. A., and van der Toorn, M. (2018). Other Duties Not Assigned: Experiences of Lesbian and Gay Student Affairs Professionals at Small Colleges and Universities. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 11(3), 268-278. doi: 10.1037/dhe0000046

Croom, N. and Kortegast, C. A. (2018). When ignoring difference fails: Using critical professional praxis. About Campus, 23(1), 27-31. doi: 10.1177/1086482218765765

Kortegast, C. A. (2017). “But It’s Not the Space That I Would Need”: Narrative of LGBTQ Students Experiences in Campus Housing. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 43(2), 58-71.

Kortegast, C.A. and Davis, J. (2017). Theorizing the Self: Digital Storytelling, Applying Theory, and Multimodal Learning. College Teaching, 65(3), 106-114. doi: 10.1080/87567555.2016.1255584

Kortegast, C. A., and Yount, E. M. (2016). Identity, family, and faith: A phenomenological study of U.S. third culture students’ transition to college. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 53(2), 230-242.

Kortegast, C. A. and Boisfontaine, M. T. (2015). Beyond “It Was Good”: Students’ Post-Study Abroad Practices in Negotiating Meaning. Journal of College Student Development, 56(8), 812-828.

Kortegast, C. A. and Hamrick, F. A. (2009). Moving on: Voluntary staff departures at small colleges and universities. NASPA Journal, 46, 183-207.

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education
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