Quortne R. Hutchings

Assistant Professor


Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)

Teaching and Research Interests

Quortne R. Hutchings (they, them) is a first-generation college graduate, proud Ronald E. McNair scholar alum, and assistant professor in higher education. Quortne teaches courses on college student development and campus environments, and student subcultures. Quortne introspectively and intentionally teaches and examines higher education with an equity praxis lens as a critical researcher and educator. Their teaching centers change and evolvement of colleges and universities to meet their most marginalized communities' needs through transformative educational and engagement practices.

Their research primarily focuses on Black gay, bisexual, queer, and non-binary undergraduate and graduate students' academic and social experiences in higher education, student affairs professionals' experiences in student and academic affairs, utilizing gender and sexuality studies, intersectionality, and critical qualitative methodologies (e.g., phenomenology, arts-based research, and collaborative autoethnography). Quortne's dissertation examined Black gay, bisexual, and queer men's experiences in men of color and Black male initiative (BMI) programs at higher education institutions. As a doctoral student, Quortne engaged in research projects in civic engagement, political identity development among first-year students of color, and organizational learning in STEM.

Higher Education Professional Experience

Quortne has over nine years of higher education professional experience in academic advising, orientation, multicultural affairs, and leadership development. They recently served as a Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at DePaul University. Prior to starting their doctoral work, they worked as a Program Coordinator for LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, & Asexual) & Men's Initiatives and Graduate Intern for Seizing Opportunities for Academic Resilience (SOAR) in the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (SDMA), and Academic Advisor in the First & Second Year Advising Office at Loyola University Chicago. Before working at Loyola, they worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a College Scholar Advisor for the PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Program for Learning Excellence) Program.

Quortne is an active member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) within the Mentor Protégé Program (MPP). They are also members of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and previously served as an Editorial Assistant on the Journal of Critical Scholarship in Higher Education & Student Affairs (JCSHESA).


  • Ph.D., Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago
  • M.Ed., Education, Organization, and Leadership, concentration in Higher Education, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • B.A., African and African-American Studies, minors in Sociology and Human Development & Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University

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