Sheena Kauppila, Ph. D.
Sheena Kauppila, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration in the Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences at Coastal Carolina University. Dr. Kauppila received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. She also holds a M.Ed. in Counseling, Student Affairs from Northern Arizona University and a B.M. in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kauppila previously worked at Michigan Tech University as the Assistant Director of Orientation Programs, and Southern Utah University as the Coordinator of Student Engagement & Orientation.
Dr. Kauppila's research interests are focused on the success and outcomes of community college students, student-faculty engagement, and faculty development. She utilizes mixed methods and is focused on bridging research and practice. Dr. Kauppila has worked on several national grants including Credit When It's Due and Degrees When Due that examine the implementation and impact of reverse credit transfer and adult reengagement policies in several states. She has developed multiple quantitative research projects using institutional, IPEDS, UI, BPS, CPS, and other state-level longitudinal and national datasets to study the impact of programs on students’ academic and workforce outcomes