Jeff Eppley is a first year student in the CSAA-D program. In addition to being a student, Jeff works full time as the Assistant Director of Student Integrity at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, GA. His research interests include first generation students and their experiences, LGBT student leader development, and ethical and moral student development in undergraduate students. Jeff obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.
Where are you in the publishable paper or dissertation process?
I’m starting to hone in on the topic for my publishable paper.
Tell us about the study you are conducting or are planning to conduct.
I want to qualitatively explore how first generation students experience going through a campus conduct process.
How did you decide on this topic?
I’m a first generation student myself, and I work in student conduct at an open access institution. I saw that a lot of first generation students had a lot of unique needs and experiences while navigating the process, which made me want to learn more.
What have you enjoyed about the process?
It’s not as intimidating as I thought it would be. I realize I have a great support network of faculty and fellow students if I ever reach a bump in the road or need some extra encouragement.
How have you grown as a scholar-practitioner through your work on this study?After having been a practitioner and consumer of knowledge for several years, I am excited to change gears and start to produce knowledge that will hopefully have an impact on practice and scholarship.
Give one piece of advice for someone who is going through this process, or about to start this journey.
You are capable of more than you ever imagined.