Gudrun Nyunt
Assistant Professor


Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)

Gudrun Nyunt, who serves as an assistant professor of higher education, has been at NIU since fall 2018. She teaches courses on college student development and student success theories, the purpose and philosophy of higher education, legal issues in higher education, qualitative research methods, applied research designs, and assessment. Nyunt’s professional experiences include seven years of working full-time in Residence Life (Miami University, University of North Florida, University of Connecticut), conducting research and supporting programmatic initiatives of an NSF-sponsored ADVANCE grant (University of Maryland, College Park), working as front desk manager at Webster University’s branch campus in Vienna, Austria, and serving as a resident director for Semester at Sea for the Fall 2012 voyage.

Nyunt has been an active member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) – College Student Educators for many years. She has been on the directorate boards of several commissions and served as chair of the Commission for the Global Dimensions of Student Development from 2017-2020. She currently serves on the 100 Year Anniversary Steering Committee.


  • Ph.D., Student Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A. in Education with a concentration in Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of Connecticut
  • B.A. in Journalism, State University of New York at New Paltz

Research Activities and Interests

Nyunt believes in bridging the gap between practice and research. Her research projects often include a connection to practice and revolve around efforts to foster full participation of all members of the higher education community. Specifically, Nyunt’s research interests include educational practices that foster the development of intercultural maturity and prepare students for active engagement in a global society; the experiences of international and minoritized students, faculty, and Student Affairs staff at U.S. higher education institutions; and the mental health and overall well-being of members of the campus community.

Nyunt serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer for several publications including the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and the Journal of College and University Student Housing. Nyunt enjoys serving as a mentor and frequently invites current or former students to serve on research teams with her.

Select Referred Publications

Nyunt, G., O’Meara, K., Bach, L., & LaFave, A. (in press). Tenure undone: Faculty experiences of organizational justice when tenure seems or becomes unattainable. Equity & Excellence in Education.

Nyunt, G. (2021). Learning partnerships in study abroad: Adapting Baxter Magolda’s learning partnership model. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Koo, K., Kim, Y., Lee, J. Y., & Nyunt, G. (2021). “It’s my fault”: Exploring experiences and mental wellness among Korean international graduate students. Journal of International Students, 11(4).

Koo, K., Nyunt, G., & Wang, B. (2021). Who spends too much time online?: Associated factors of internet addiction among international college students in the United States. Journal of International Students, 11(1), 121-142.

Niehaus, E., & Nyunt, G. (2020). Identifying meaningful individual-level change in educational experiences: Adding to our methodological toolkit. Journal of College Student Development, 61(5), 637-643.  

Koo, K., & Nyunt, G. (2020). Culturally sensitive assessment of mental health for international students. In H. K. Ro & E. M. Broido (Eds.), New Directions for Student Services, 169: Voices from the margins: Conducting inclusive assessment for minoritized students in higher education (pp. 43-52). Jossey-Bass.

O’Meara, K., Sayer, L., Nyunt, G., & Lennartz, C. (2020). Stressed, interrupted, and under-estimated: Experiences of women and URM faculty during one workday. Journal of the Professoriate, 11(1), 105-137.


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