Sherry Kay Watt

Sherry Kay Watt

Associate Professor
N485 Lindquist Center
Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
Iowa City, IA 52242
sherry-watt@uiowa.edu
319-335-5305 (phone)
319-384-0587 (fax)

Academic History

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education, North Carolina State University, 1997
  • M.S. in Counselor Education-Student Affairs Track, North Carolina State University, 1993
  • B.A. in Communication Studies, Concentration: Public Relations, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1990

Expertise

  • Designing and implementing multicultural initiatives

Research Interests

  • Identity development, multicultural initiatives, effective student affairs practice, difficult dialogues on social oppression

Teaching Interests

  • Student development theory and higher education related courses

Professional Experience

  • Faculty Fellow, Chief Diversity Office, University of Iowa
  • Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

Professional Service

  • Editorship, New Directions in Student Services, Jossey Bass, 2014–current.
  • Journal Editorial Board, Journal of College Student Development, American College Personnel Association, Editorial Board, 2009–current.
  • Journal Editorial Board, Southern Association of College Student Affairs Administrators, 2007–current.
  • Workshop, Association of Colleges in the South (ACS) and Spelman College, 2014–2015.
  • Committee Assignment, Co-Chair, 2014 AERA-Division J program committee as a section co-chair for Section 1: College Student Learning and Development. Adrianna Kezar, the Division-J Vice President, 2013–2014.
  • Workshop, West Liberty Schools, Being Culturally Competent: Exploring Intersections of Poverty, Privilege, and Cultural Difference, 2014.
  • Workshop, West Liberty Schools, Moving Beyond the Talk: Cultivating Cultural Competence, 2013.
  • Committee Assignment, Chair, Promising Practices, Research Papers, and Posters, ACPA 2013 Convention Program Planning Committee, 2011–2013.
  • Consulting, Consultant, Diversity Work Plan Implementation, Center for Courage and Renewal, 2012.
  • Consulting, Peer Coaching Training, Center for Courage and Renewal, 2012.
  • Workshop, St. Ambrose University, Moving Beyond the Talk: Effective Strategies for Facilitating Difficult Dialogues, 2012.
  • Consulting, Member, Diversity Task Force, Center for Courage and Renewal, 2010–2012.
  • Workshop, Knowing Students: Being a More Effective Teacher, Northeastern Iowa Community College (NICC), 2010.
  • Guest Lecturer, Guest Lecturer, Facilitating Difficult Classroom Discussions of "Hot" Topics, Center for Teaching, University of Iowa, 2010.
  • Guest Lecturer, Guest Speaker, Creating Welcoming Classroom Environments, Building a Global Community, Offices of International Student Services, University of Iowa, 2010.
  • Guest Lecturer, Presenter, Difficult Dialogues and You, Iowa City Public Schools, Martin Luther King Holiday Inservice, 2010.
  • Workshop, Facilitator: Power, Privilege, and Oppression: A Self-Exploration of Identity, Saint Louis University, 2008.
  • Workshop, Facilitator/Presenter, Diversity Focus, 2007.

Professional Activities and Membership

  • American College Counselors Association
  • American College Personnel Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Educational Researchers Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Iowa Student Personnel Association
  • Southern Association of College Student Affairs

Licensure and Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina (LPC), North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

Awards and Professional Recognition

  • 2015 Inaugural Faculty Fellow
  • 2014 Collegiate Teaching Award, College of Education
  • 2014 Diamond Honoree
  • 2014 Senior Scholar (serving 2014-2019)
  • 2006 Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award
  • 2006 Collegiate Teaching Award, College of Education
  • 2002 American College Personnel Association, Emerging Scholar
  • 2000 Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 1998 Annuit Coeptis Award Recipient for Emerging Professionals

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Watt, S. K. (2015). Invited Feature: Situating Race in College Students’ Search for Purpose and Meaning: Who am I. Journal of College and Character, 16(3), 1-8.
  • Martin, A., Boadi, N., Fernandes, C., Watt, S. K., & Robinson-Wood, T. (2013). Applying Resistance Theory to Depression in Black Women. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(1), 1-33.
  • Watt, S. K., Curtiss, G., Drummond, J., Kellogg, A., Lozano, A., Tagliapietra, N. G., & Rosas, M. (2009). Privileged Identity Exploration: Examining White Female Counselor Trainee's Reactions to Difficult Dialogue in the Classroom. Counselor Education & Supervision, 49, 86-105.
  • Watt, S. K. (2007). Developing cultural competence: Facilitating privileged identity exploration in student affairs practice. College Student Affairs Journal 2007 Special Issue, 26(2), 114-126.
  • Watt, S. K. (2007). Difficult Dialogues, Privilege and Social Justice: Uses of the Privileged Identity Exploration (PIE) Model in Student Affairs Practice. College Student Affairs Journal, 26(2), Spring 2007.
  • Watt, S. K. (2007). Difficult dialogues: Privilege and social justice in student affairs theory and practice. College Student Affairs Journal, 26(2).
  • Watt, S. K. (2006). The Relationship between racial identity attitudes and psychosocial development of African American college peer mentors. Western Journal of Black Studies, 30 (3)(Summer 2006), 171-180.
  • Watt, S. K. (2006). Racial identity attitudes, womanist identity attitudes, and self-esteem in African American college women attending historically Black single-sex and coeducational institutions. Journal of College Student Development, 47, 319-334.
  • Watt, S. K., Howard-Hamilton, M., & Fairchild, E. (2004). An assessment of multicultural competence among resident advisors. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 33(1), 32-37.
  • Watt, S. K. (1999). The story between the lines: A thematic discussion of the experience of racism. Journal of Counseling and Development, 77, 54-62.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Watt, S. K. (Ed.) (2015). Designing Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications and Facilitator Considerations. Sterling, VA. Stylus Publishing.
  • Watt, S. K. (2015). Authentic, Action-Oriented, Framing for Environmental Shifts (AAFES) Method. In Watt, S. K. (Ed.) Designing Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications, and Facilitator Considerations (pp. 23-39). Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Robinson-Wood, T. L., & Watt, S. K. (2015). Daring Greatly: A Reflective Critique of the Authentic, Action Oriented, Framing for Environmental Shifts (AAFES) Method. In Watt, S. K. (Ed.) Designing Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications, and Facilitator Considerations (pp. 240-247). Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Linley, J. L., & Watt, S. K. (2015). Facing the proverbial lion in the room. In Watt, S. K. (Ed.) Designing Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications and Facilitator Considerations Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Watt, S. K. (2015). Multicultural Initiatives as a Practice of Freedom. In Watt, S. K. (Ed.) Designing Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications, and Facilitator Considerations (pp. 11-22). Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Watt, S. K. (2015). Privileged Identity Exploration (PIE) Model Revisited. In Watt, S. K. (Ed.) Designing Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications, and Facilitator Considerations Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • Watt, S. K. (2013). Designing and Implementing Multicultural Initiatives: Guiding Principles. In Watt, S. K., & Linley, J. (Eds.), Creating Successful Multicultural Initiatives in Higher Education and Student Affairs (pp. 5-15). San Francisco, CA: New Direction in Student Services.
  • Watt, S. K., Golden, M., Schumacher, L. A., & Moreno, L. S. (2013). Courage in Multicultural Initiatives. In Watt, S. K. (Ed.) Creating Successful Multicultural Initiatives in Higher Education and Student Affairs (pp. 57-68). San Francisco, CA: New Direction in Student Services.
  • Watt, S. K. (2011). Moving Beyond the Talk: From Difficult Dialogues to Action. In Arminio, J., Torres, V., & Pope, (Eds.), Why Aren’t We There Yet: Taking Personal Responsibility for Creating an Inclusive Campus. Washington, DC: Stylus Publishing.
  • Watt, S. K., Fairchild, E., & Goodman, (Eds.), (2009). Intersections of Difficult Dialogues: Religious Privilege and Student Affairs Practice. New Directions for Student Services. San Francisco, CA. Jossey Bass.
  • Watt, S. K. (2009). Facilitating Difficult Dialogues at the Intersections of Religious Privilege. In Watt, S.K, Fairchild, E., & Goodman, K. (Eds). Intersections of Difficult Dialogues: Religious Privilege and Student Affairs Practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
  • Watt, S. K. (2003). Come to the river: Using spirituality to cope, resist and develop identity. In Howard-Hamilton, M. (Ed.) African American women in higher education: New directions for student services (pp. 29-40). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
  • Howard-Hamilton, M. H., & Watt, S. (Eds.), (2001). Student services for athletes: New Directions for Student Services. San Francisco, CA. Jossey Bass.

Other Work


Selected Presentations

  • Watt, S. K., Parker, III, E., Kilgo, C., Mollet, A., & Barajas, R. (2015, November). Updates to the Privileged Identity Exploration (PIE) Model: Research Findings from a Newly Developed Instrument to Measure Defensive Reactions. Roundtable discussant at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference, .
  • Watt, S. K., Granberry-Russel, P., Obear, K., & Velasquez, D. (2015, May). Designing Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications and Facilitator Considerations. . Workshop lead at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Washington, DC. , .
  • Linley, J. L., Watt, S. K., & Pasquesi, K. (2015, March). Diversity as a Good or Value? Considerations for Multicultural Initiatives . Workshop lead at the ACPA-College Student Educators International Annual Convention, .
  • Watt, S. K., Mueller, J., Pasquesi, K., & Kilgo, C. (2015, March). The Privileged Identity Exploration (PIE) Model Revisited. Presented at the American College Personal Association 2015 Convention, .
  • Watt, S. K., Stewart, D. L., Luis-Rivera, J., & Seifert, T. (2012, March). Featured Panelist, Beginning Within: Faith and Meaning among Student Affairs Professionals, ACPA 2012 International Convention. Keynote Address given at the 2012 American College Personnel Association International Convention, .
  • Watt, S. K., Barratt, W., Stewart, D. L., & Seifert, T. (2011, March). Faith and Meaning Making, A Follow-Up Session. Panel discussant at the 2011 American College Personnel Association International Convention, .
  • Watt, S. K., Poullard, J., LePeau, L., & Mueller, J. (2011, March). Power, Privilege, and Oppression Institute: Analyzing Difficult Dialogues Part 1 and 2. Workshop lead at the 2011 American College Personnel Association International Meeting, .
  • Watt, S. K., Poullard, J., LePeau, L., & Mueller, J. (2011, March). Power, Privilege, and Oppression Institute: Analyzing Difficult Dialogues Part 1 and 2. Workshop lead at the 2011 American College Personnel Association International Meeting, .
  • Watt, S. K. (2010, March). Watt, S.K. Emerging Scholar Paper Discussant, 2010 American College Personnel Association National Convention, Baltimore, MD. Presented at the 2010 American College Personnel Association National Convention, Baltimore, MD, .
  • Watt, S. K., & Linley, J. L. (2009, October). Exploring Privilege: Student Reactions to Racism, Heterosexism, and Ableism,. Paper presented at the 2009 Iowa Student Personnel Association Conference, .
  • Watt, S. K., Linley, J. L., & Mindrup, K. (2009, April). Courageously Exploring Privilege: Students Reactions to Racism, Heterosexism, and Ableism. Paper presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) 2009 National Convention, .
  • Watt, S. K., & Fairchild, E. (2009, April). Intersections of Religious Privilege Institute: Difficult Dialogues in Student Affair Practice. Paper presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) 2009 National Convention (5 Program Institute based on New Directions in Student Services Issue), .
  • Watt, S. K. (2008, June 4). Keynote speaker, Impact of Generational Differences, Hawkeye Recruitment Conference. Keynote Address given at the Keynote presenter on Millennial Students and ways to work with this generation., .
  • Watt, S. K. (2006, October). Crossing values and crossing paths: Engaging in difficult dialogues about diversity in student affairs. Keynote Address given at the Iowa State Personnel Association, .
  • Watt, S. K. (2006, September). Engaging in difficult dialogues: Educating ourselves and our students about diversity. Keynote Address given at the Missouri College Personnel Association, .

Selected Contracts and Grants

  • Watt, Sherry Kay (Principal Investigator), "Development of an Instrument to Measure Privileged Identity Exploration," Sponsored by Iowa Measurement Research Foundation, Private, $34186. (May, 2015–June, 2016).
  • Watt, Sherry Kay (Senior Personnel), & Goler, Veta (Principal Investigator), "How Good It Is to Center Down: A Courage and Renewal Retreat for Faculty of Color," Sponsored by Associated Colleges of the South Institutes, Other, $10222. (July, 2015).
  • Watt, Sherry Kay (Principal Investigator), "Development of an Instrument to Measure Privileged Identity Exploration," Sponsored by Iowa Measurement Research Foundation, Private, $34186. (May, 2014–June, 2015).
  • Watt, Sherry Kay (Principal Investigator), "Exploring Facilitators’ Reactions to a Diversity Retreat Experience ," Sponsored by Center for Courage and Renewal, Other, $2000. (November, 2009–December, 2010).
  • Watt, Sherry Kay, "Dean's Scholar Award," Sponsored by College of Education, University of Iowa, The University of Iowa, $4000. (September 1, 2008–September 30, 2008).
  • Watt, Sherry Kay (Senior Personnel), "Historically Black College and University Alliance Grant," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal Government, $1800000. (September, 2002–September, 2008).
  • Watt, Sherry Kay (Senior Personnel), "Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate: Iowa AGEP," Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal Government, $2500000. (September, 2002–March, 2007).
  • Watt, Sherry Kay (Principal Investigator), "Association of College and University Housing Officers International Grant Fund," Sponsored by Association of College and University Housing Officers International, Educational Institution, $1500.00. (April, 2002–April, 2003).
  • Watt, Sherry Kay, "Collaboration and Development of a Proposal for the Multicultural Education Certificate in the College of Education - with Cynthia Lewis (CI), Will Liu (P&Q), Katrina Sanders (EPLS), Sherry Watt (CRSD)," Sponsored by Opportunity at Iowa, University of Iowa, The University of Iowa, $10000. (June, 2002–July, 2002).
  • Watt, Sherry Kay (Principal Investigator), "Emerging Scholar Award," Sponsored by American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Educational Institution, $1000. (January, 2001–January, 2002).
  • Watt, Sherry Kay (Principal Investigator), "Edna Jones Memorial Grant," Sponsored by College of Education, University of Iowa, The University of Iowa, $500. (May, 2001).