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, Denver, Colorado.
  • 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. , 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, Tampa, FL.
  • 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, Miami, FL.
  • 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, Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 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, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 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, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 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, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 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, Cedar Rapids, IA.
  • 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, Washington, DC.
  • 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., Iowa City, IA.
  • 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, Ames, IA.
  • 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, Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

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).