Dr. Richie Gebauer is the Executive Director of the First Year Experience and Student Transitions at Cabrini University. He also serves as the Faculty Director of the IMPACT (Leadership) Living and Learning Community teaching writing, social justice, English and leadership studies coursework.
Gebauer’s scholarship focuses on learning communities, the relationship between learning communities and the first-year seminar, first-year advising, and high impact practices. His current research, via the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University, is focused on investigating the types of collaboration between academic and student affairs in residential learning communities that foster the practice of integrative learning among first-year college students.
Currently, Gebauer serves as a member of the editorial review board for both the Learning Communities Research and Practice (LCRP) and E-Source for College Transitions. He was recently chosen to serve as President-Elect for the Learning Communities Association (LCA). In 2015, he was awarded as an “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate” by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition for his work in the area of the first-year experience, specifically his efforts dedicated to learning community growth and development and first-year retention.
Gebauer recently completed an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Cabrini University. His previous degrees include a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University and a B.A. in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College.