Frank Shushok, Senior Associate Vice President

Frank Shushok

Frank Shushok Jr. serves as senior associate vice president for student affairs and associate professor of higher education at Virginia Tech. In addition to serving as deputy to the Vice President for Student Affairs, he provides leadership for five departments: Housing and Residence Life, Career and Professional Development, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Dining Services, and Student Conduct. In this capacity, Shushok leads a staff of 2,500 full- and part-time employees and a budget of more than $100 million. Shushok also serves as co-chair for the Virginia Tech/Town of Blacksburg Town-Gown Committee with the Deputy Town Manager. In the fall semesters, he teaches a graduate course on higher education in the United States. In the spring semesters, his course addresses environmental factors influencing college student learning and development. Shushok’s writing and research interests focus on student learning and engagement; positive psychology and its influence on student growth; and development, honors programs, and reorganizing colleges and universities to ensure that every student belongs to a community of care consisting of faculty, staff, and students. He is a frequent contributor to higher education literature. Many of his articles can be downloaded.

In July 2013, Shushok was selected to be the fifth executive editor of About Campus, a bimonthly magazine with a readership of more than 10,000 and dedicated to educators who want to thoughtfully examine the issues, policies, and practices that influence the learning experiences of college students. About Campus is published as a partnership of American College Personnel Association – College Student Educators International and Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers. Since 2010, Shushok has served as associate editor for the Journal of College and University Student Housing, a peer-reviewed research journal published by the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. Previously, he served on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Shushok holds a Ph.D. in higher education policy analysis from the University of Maryland, College Park; a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in history education from Baylor University.