Dafina-Lazarus Stewart


Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart

Position: Professor
Phone: 419-372-6876
Email: dafinas@bgsu.edu
Address: 330 Education

HESA Faculty since 2005

Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2001
M.A., The Ohio State University, 1998
B.A., Kalamazoo College, 1995

Research Interests
Dr. Dafina-Lazarus (D-L) Stewart (pronouns: ze, zim, zir) is a scholar, educator, and activist focused on empowering and imagining futures that sustain and cultivate the learning, growth, and success of marginalized groups in U.S. higher education institutions.  Dr. Stewart’s work is motivated by an ethic of love grounded in justice and informed by an intersectional framework that recognizes both the lived experiences of multiply marginalized individuals as well as the material effects of interlocking systems of oppression.  Over the course of zir 20 year career in higher education institutions, ze has focused most intently on issues of race and ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, as well as religion, faith, and spirituality in zir research, teaching, and service to professional organizations and institutions across the nation.  The author of over four dozen journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Stewart published an edited volume in 2011 on the work of multicultural student services in U.S. higher education titled, Multicultural Student Services: Building Bridges, Re-visioning Community (Stylus); coedited a New Directions for Student Services monograph in 2015, Gender and Sexual Diversity in U.S. Higher Education: Contexts and Opportunities for LGBTQ College Students (Wiley); and has completed a book manuscript for Palgrave MacMillan that is a narrative history of Black collegians attending a consortium of elite, private liberal arts colleges in the Great Lakes region between 1945 and 1965.  As a speaker and consultant, Dr. Stewart has been invited to work with and speak to a range of institutions including small, private colleges and larger, public institutions from the northeast to the west coast.

Teaching at BGSU 
CSP 6010: Foundations and Functions of College Student Personnel
CSP 6020: Theory and Assessment of College Student Development
CSP 6030: Theory and Assessment of Educational Environments
CSP 6035: Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs
CSP 6040: Educational Outcomes of American Colleges and Universities
CSP 6050: Capstone Seminar in College Student Personnel
CSP 6890: Internship Supervision
HIED 7105: Foundations of Higher Education
HIED 7310: Postsecondary Students in the United States
HIED 7510: Qualitative Research Problems and Methods in Higher Education
HIED 7800: Dissertation Seminar
HIED 7800: Equity and Justice in U.S. Higher Education

Selected Publications since 2011

Books and Anthologies 
Stewart, D.-L. (forthcoming). Experiences of Black collegians in U.S. northern private colleges: A narrative history, 1945-1965. New York, NY: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Stewart, D.-L., Brazelton, G. B., Renn, K. A. (Eds.). (2015). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer students in higher education: An appreciative inquiry. New Directions for Student Services, no. 152. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Stewart, D. L. (Ed.). (2011). Multicultural student services: Building bridges, re-visioning community. ACPA Books and Media. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Schwartz, R. A., & Stewart, D.-L. (in press). Chapter 2: The development of student affairs. In J. Schuh, S. R. Jones, & V. Torres (Eds.), Student services: A handbook for the profession (6th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Stewart, D.-L. (2016, forthcoming). (In)visibility, involvement, and success: A counter-narrative of Black women in predominantly White liberal arts colleges, 1945-1965. In L. D. Patton & N. N. Croom (Eds.), Critical perspectives on Black women and college success. New York, NY: Routledge.

Stewart, D.-L. (2016). Invention and representation: Crafting an online scholarly identity. In M. Gasman (Ed.), Academics going public: How to speak and write beyond academe [Kindle edition available]. New York, NY: Routledge.

Jones, S. R., & Stewart, D.-L. (2016, Summer). Evolution of student development theory. In. E. S. Abes (Ed.), Diverse and critical perspectives on student development theory (pp. 17-28). New Directions for Student Services, no. 154. San Francisco, CA: Wiley.

Stewart, D.-L. (2015). Black queer (re)presentation in (White) academe: I am the hell and the high water. In F. A. Bonner, II, a. f. marbley, F. A. Tuitt, P. A. Robinsno, R. M. Banda, & R. L. Hughes (Eds.), Black faculty in the academy: Narratives for negotiating identity and achieving career success (pp. 89-101). New York, NY: Routledge.

Stewart, D.-L., & Colquitt, K. Y. (2015). Privileged access: Higher education’s unfulfilled promise. In P. Sasso and J. DeVitis (Eds.), Today’s college students: A reader (pp. 201-211). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Stewart, D.-L., & Russell, E. I. A. (2014). Visibly invisible: Federal educational policy regarding queer students, faculty, and staff during the Obama administration. In E. Z. Gallaher (Ed.), The Obama administration and educational reform: Toward new 21st century schools for the global knowledge economy (pp. 291-311). Bingley, UK: Emerald. doi: 10.1108/S1479-358X20130000010015

Stewart, D.-L. (2015). The role of professional associations in advancing spirituality, faith, religion, and life purpose in student affairs. In J. Small (Ed.), Making meaning: How student affairs came to embrace spirituality, faith, religion, and life purpose (pp. 82-96). ACPA Books and Media. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Stewart, D.-L., & Howard-Hamilton, M. F. (2015). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual undergraduates in higher education. In S. R. Harper & S. J. Quaye (Eds.), Student engagement in higher education: Theoretical perspectives and practical approaches for diverse populations (2nd ed., pp. 121-134). New York, NY: Routledge.

Stewart, D. L. (2013). Complicating belief: Intersectionality and Black college students’ spirituality. In T. L. Strayhorn (Ed.), Living at the intersections: Social identities and Black collegians (pp. 93-108). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Stewart, D. L. (2012). Promoting moral growth through pluralism and social justice education. In D. Liddell & D. L. Cooper (Eds.),Facilitating the moral growth of college students in higher education. New Directions in Student Services. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Healy, M., Liddell, D., Stewart, D. L., & Lancaster, J. M. (2012). The role of the scholar-practitioner as a moral mentor. In D. Liddell & D. L. Cooper (Eds.), Facilitating the moral growth of college students in higher education. New Directions in Student Services. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Stewart, D. L. (2011). Building bridges, re-visioning community: An introduction. In D. L. Stewart (Ed.), Multicultural student services: Building bridges, re-visioning community. ACPA Books and Media. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Stewart, D. L., & Bridges, B. K. (2011). A demographic profile of multicultural student services. In D. L. Stewart (Ed.), Multicultural student services: Building bridges, re-visioning community. ACPA Books and Media. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Strange, C. C., & Stewart, D. L. (2011). Preparing diversity change leaders. In D. L. Stewart (Ed.), Multicultural student services: Building bridges, re-visioning community. ACPA Books and Media. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Invited Journal Articles 
Stewart, D.-L. (2016). It matters who leads them: Connecting leadership in multicultural affairs to student learning and development. About Campus, 21(1), 21-28.

Stewart, D. L. (2012). Re-visioning community. The Bulletin, 80(2), 12-17. [Publication of the Association of College Unions International]

Kocet, M. M., & Stewart, D. L. (2011). The role of student affairs in promoting religious and secular pluralism and interfaith cooperation. Journal of College & Character, 12(1). doi: 10.2202/1940-7882.1762

Refereed Journal Articles 
Stewart, D.-L. (2016). Race and historiography: Advancing a critical-realist approach. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 8(4). Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000017

Stewart, D. L. (2015). Know your role: Black college students, racial identity, and performance. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 28(2), 238-258. [published first online, May 2014]. DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2014.916000

Bowman, N. A., & Stewart, D.-L. (2014). Precollege exposure to racial/ethnic difference and first-year college students’ racial attitudes. Teachers College Record, 116(10), 1-20.

Stewart, D.-L., & Collins, K. (2014). Constructing disability: Exploring the experiences of graduate students and new professionals with disabilities in student affairs. College Student Affairs Journal, 32(1), 19-33.

Stewart, D. L. (2013). Racially minoritized students at U.S. four-year institutions. Journal of Negro Education, 82(2), 184-197.

Gold, S. P., & Stewart, D. L. (2011). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual students coming out at the intersection of spirituality and sexual identity. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling [special issue], 5(3-4), 237-258. doi: 10.1080/15538605.2011.633052

Non-Refereed Journal Articles 
Stewart, D. L., Kocet, M. M., & Lobdell, S. (2011). The multi-faith campus: Transforming colleges and universities for spiritual engagement and religious and secular pluralism. About Campus, 16(1), 10-18. doi: 10.1002/abc.20049

Stewart, D.-L. (2015). [Review of the book Women’s Colleges and Universities in a Global Context]. Journal of College Student Development, 56(6), 645-648.

Stewart, D.-L. (2015). [Review of the book When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education]. Journal of College and Character, 16(1), 62-64.

Stewart, D. L. (2012). [Review of the book Understanding College Students’ Spiritual Identities: Different Faiths, Varied Worldviews]. Journal of College and Character, 13(3). DOI: 10.1515/jcc-2012-1913

Stewart, D. L. (2012). [Review of the book Neither Jew nor Gentile: Issues of Racial Diversity on Protestant College Campuses].The Journal of Higher Education, 83(6), 915-917.

Stewart, D. L. (2012). [Review of the book Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education: Perspectives on Identity, Theory, and Practice]. Journal of College Student Development, 53(1), 172-174.

Editorships of Journals 
Senior Associate Editor, Journal of College Student Development, 2015-2018
Column Editor, What They’re Reading [book reviews], Journal of College and Character, 2012-2015

Current Research
Historical research on the experiences of Black collegians at GLCA colleges between 1945 and 1965.

Service to the Profession 
• Senior Scholar in Residence, Standing Committee for Women, ACPA, 2014-2016
• Chair, Council for Ethnic Participation, ASHE, 2012-2015
• Pre-Convention Colloquia Chair, ACPA, 2013-2014
• Credentialing Implementation Team, ACPA, 2012-2013
• Faculty Liaison, Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs, 2010-2013
• National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) Journal, Editorial Board, 2007-2012
• Journal of College and Character, Editorial Board, 2008-2011
• Interim Chair, ACPA Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion, and Meaning 2009-2011
• Faculty, ACPA Mid-Level Managers Institute, 2009-2011
• Journal of College Student Development, Editorial Board, 2005-2008 & 2008-2011
• Directorate Member, ACPA Professional Preparation Commission, 2003 – 2006

Selected Awards and Honors 
• Ohio State University, HESA/SPA, Maude A. Stewart Award, 2014
• ACPA, Diamond Honoree, 2013
• ACPA, Founders' Award, Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion, and Meaning, 2013
• BGSU, College of EDHD, Achievement in Professional Service Award, 2012
• BGSU, Outstanding Graduate Faculty, 2012
• BGSU LGBT Resource Center Outstanding Mentor Award, 2010
• BGSU Award for Diversity Leadership, Office of Multicultural Affairs, 2009
• Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus, Hale Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005
• American College Personnel Association, Emerging Scholar, 2004
• American College Personnel Association, Commission XII, Burns Crookston Doctoral Research Award, 2002
• Ohio State University, Holmes Scholar, 2000 – 2001

Professional Memberships 
• Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
• American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Related Experience 
• Assistant Professor of College Student Personnel and Higher Education. Ohio University, Athens, OH (Fall 2002 - Spring 2005)
• Visiting Assistant Professor of Higher Education. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Fall 2001 - Summer 2002)