Dr. Jennifer Hodges is Director of Advising and Retention in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University in 2007. She is also a graduate of Texas A&M University and Ball State University. Jennifer began her career at New Mexico State University in June of 2014. Prior to joining NMSU, Jennifer was Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Texas and Assistant Dean of University College at the University of Akron. She has also served as Director of Undergraduate Programs in Business at Akron and worked in Academic Advising at Michigan State University and Northern Kentucky University.
Jennifer has taught undergraduate courses in career planning, leadership, and orientation to college as well as graduate courses in student development theory, history of higher education, and assessment in student affairs. She is currently a mentor for the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program and serves on the Advisory Board for the Academic Advising Consulting and Speaker Service. She has presented at local, regional, and national NACADA and ACPA conferences; co-chaired the 2012 NACADA Great Lakes Region V Conference; and chaired the 2012 ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute. Jennifer’s research interests include: Self-Authorship Development, Commuter Students, First-Year Seminar Instructor Development, and Academic Advisor Training and Professional Development. Jennifer spends most of her spare time with her niece and nephews. She also loves to get lost in a good book and dabbles in cosplay.