Pietro A. Sasso

Pietro A. Sasso is faculty program director of the College Student Personnel Administration at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Dr. Pietro Sasso has over ten years of professional and teaching experience in postsecondary education. As an administrator, his experience is exceptionally diverse, spanning several educational administrative functional areas. In each of these functional areas, Pietro has been provided with increasing levels of responsibility which demands various levels of leadership. He has provided significant culture change and improvements to each of his areas of accountability. As an educator, he is an emerging research-scholar with significant experiences as an alcohol educator and academic advisor to both undergraduate and graduate students. His research interests include identity construction of traditional undergraduates (college student development), alcohol misuse in higher education (student health outcomes), diversity in college access, and masculinity in higher education. Pietro has written and co-edited four textbooks, authored approximately twenty scholarly publications, and facilitated over twenty presentations. He is the recipient of the AFA Dr. Charles Eberly Research Award from AFA and is the ACPA Men and Masculinities Emerging Scholar-In-Residence for 2017-2019. He serves on the board of the Center for Fraternity/Sorority Research at Indiana University.

Books by Pietro A. Sasso:

Student Activism in the Academy
Its Struggles and Promise

Student Activism in the Academy: Its Struggles and Promise is a wide-ranging, provocative survey of student activism in America’s colleges and universities that critically analyzes the contentious problems and progress of a movement that has stirred public reaction in and out of academe. Its fundamental purpose is to engage diverse publics in both reasoned and passionate reflection and soul searching on vital issues that surround campus protest. Thus, the essays in this volume respect the need to consider how to weigh freedom, fairness, safety, and protection inside and outside the walls of ivy. Their authors ponder the big picture of student activism, including:

• strategies for student activism
• the role of social media and technology
• legal questions on campus speech
• the dilemmas of political correctness
• generational differences among student activists
• and various forms of student protest related to race, class, gender, and disabilities.

Both professional and student voices prompt us to better comprehend academic realities with more hope and wisdom. Administrators, faculty, students, and student life personnel in higher education—indeed, all those interested in today’s colleges and universities--will want to participate in the timely and productive dialogue within these pages.  

Perfect for courses in: Higher Education and Society; Foundations of Higher Education; Legal Issues in Higher Education; College Student Development Theory; Academic Issues in Higher Education.

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