Hollie Chessman's Blog and Portfolio


My name is Hollie Chessman.  I am completing my post-doc with the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C.  I am working with their Center for Policy Research and Strategy as a graduate research associate until April 30, 2016.

Prior to starting at ACE in September 2015, I was a full-time student in January 2015.  I worked with Dr. Cody Edwards, Amy Gillies and Dr. Jaime Lester on research as it relates to the graduate student population at Mason.  This involved developing, deploying and analyzing a survey of these students among other projects.

Before I became a full-time student in January 2015, I worked full time in the Office of Housing and Residence Life at George Mason University. There I served as the Associate Director of Distributed Campus Projects with the responsibility for overseeing housing on our distributed campuses, departmental assessment, and division-wide strategic planning.  I have been in the field of higher education for 15 years working in various capacities.  I started my student affairs journey in campus recreation as an undergraduate who helped run a referendum that ultimately passed the student fee for a new recreation center.  My journey took me from Ohio to New Orleans, eventually landing me in Virginia.

During my time in higher education, I have gained experience in international campuses, construction, dining, budget creation and management, training curriculum development, contract administration, new student orientation, residence life, leadership development programs, commuter services, program board advising, professional staff recruitment, managing major change, conceptualizing and writing job descriptions, supervising students and full time professionals, crisis management, and meal plan management.  I have supervised professionals responsible for Greek Life, student conduct, residence education, leadership programs, and student organization advisement.

With the various areas of experience in higher education, I began working on my PhD in Education with an emphasis on Higher Education Administration at George Mason University in Fall 2010 while also working full-time.  I defended my dissertation on July 22, 2015 and graduated in December 2015. My dissertation is entitled: Student Affairs Administrators & Well-being: Examining Time in the Field, Position Level, and Factors That Have The Strongest Relationship to Well-being.