Associate Professor, College Student Affairs and Higher Education
Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education
College of Education
Department of Education Policy Studies
400 Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Institutional climate assessment; strategic planning; LGBTQI people in higher education
Twenty-nine years of experience in higher education. Proven success in leadership (Senior Analyst, Coordinator of LGBT Equity), teaching (Associate Professor of Higher Education, Lecturer in Kinesiology and Continuing Education with exemplary student evaluations), scholarship (curriculum design, service on University-wide committees), research (published in areas of campus climate and osteoporosis), and grant-writing (generated over $100,000 for research projects).
Co-chair of the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition. Developed Bylaws, created Five-Year Strategic Plan, secured funding through grants and private donors (raised over $125,000 for operations and programming), coordinated events (Annual Statewide Conference and Annual Statewide Education/Advocacy Event)
Public scholarship work with higher education institutions and non-profit organizations. Conduct organizational assessments, facilitate strategic planning, coordinate intervention strategies, and evaluate outcomes. A sample listing of the institutions and organizations that have sought my services include, National Agricultural Extension Agents-Change Agent States for Diversity Collaboration, Millersville (PA) State University, Indiana University, National Alliance for Tolerance and Freedom, St. Cloud State (MN) University, North Dakota State University, Northampton Community College, Monmouth University, University of New Hampshire, Iowa State University, Oregon State University, New York University, Portland State University, University of Vermont, and Messiah College. A complete listing is available upon request.
Invited national speaker on social justice issues in business, non-profit community organizations, and educational institutions, focusing specifically on issues of race, class, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other underserved communities.
- Introduction to Student Affairs
- Capstone Course
- Internship Course
- Social Justice Issues in Higher Education
- Research & Assessment
- 1994, Ph.D., Penn State, Higher Education Administration with a cognate in Organization Theory/Social Justice in Higher Education
- 1981, M.S., Penn State, Physiology with a cognate in Aging
- 1978, B.S., Montclair State Teacher's College, Physiology/Health & Physical Education
Publications (Full CV available here)
- Rankin, S., & Reason, R. (2009). Campus climate assessment and planning. Washington, D.C.: ACPA Books and Media.
- Rankin, S., & Beemyn, B. (2008). The lives of transgender people. New York, N.Y.: Columbia Press.
- Rankin, S. (2007). Experiences of gay men in fraternities: From 1960 to 2007. Charlotte: NC: Lambda 10 Project.
- Rankin, S. (2003). Campus climate for sexual minorities: A national perspective. New York: N.Y.: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute.
- Sanlo, R., Rankin, S., & Shoenberg, R. (2002). Our place on campus: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender services and programs in higher education. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Company.
- Rankin, S. (2000). Preventing and managing osteoporosis. New York, N.Y.: Springer Publishing Company.
- Rankin, S. (2007). Campus climate for sexual minorities. In L. Badgett & J. Frank (Eds.), Sexual orientation discrimination: An international perspective. New York, NY: Routledge Press.
- Rankin, S. (2007). Campus climate for sexual minority students: Challenges and best practices. In J. Jackson & M. Terrell (Eds.), Toward administrative reawakening: Creating and maintaining safe college campuses. Herndon, VA: Stylus Publications
- Rankin, S. (2005). Climate for LGBT college youth. In J. Sears (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sexualities, youth and education (pp. 737-740). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Company.
- Rankin, S., & Russell, S. (2005). Secondary school climate for sexual minority students. In J. Sears (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sexualities, youth and education. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Company.
- Rankin, S. (2004). College/university climate for sexual minorities. In J. Buck (Ed.), Student characteristics matter (pp. 75-85). University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University, Undergraduate Education and International Programs.
- Rankin, S. (2000). Preventing and managing osteoporosis. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
- Rankin, S. (1998). Campus climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students, faculty, and staff: Assessment and strategies for change. In R. Sanlo (Ed.), Working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual college students: A guide for administrators and faculty (pp. 277-284). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Company.
- Rankin, S., & Evans, N. (1998). Heterosexism and campus violence: Assessment and intervention strategies. In A. M. Hoffman, R. Fenske, & J. Schuh (Eds.), Violence on campus: Issues for higher education (pp. 169-186). Gathersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers.
- Rankin, S. (1998). The lesbian label in women’s intercollegiate athletics. In R. Sanlo (Ed.), Working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual college students: A guide for administrators and faculty (pp. 203-212). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Company.
- Rankin, S., & C. Matheis (submitted). Gendered language. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Special edition on Transgender Studies and Feminism: Theory, Politics, and Gendered Realities.
- Rankin, S., Weber, G., Case, D., & Hesp, G. (submitted). Experiences of gay men fraternities: From 1960 to 2007. Journal of College Student Development.
- Rankin, S., & C. Matheis. (submitted). Beyond the binary: The power of language. Journal of College Student Development.
- Reason, R., & Rankin, S. (2006). College student’s experiences and perceptions of harassment on campus: An exploration of gender differences. College Student Affairs Journal, 26(1), 7-29.
- Rankin, S. (2006). LGBTQA students on campus: Is higher education making the grade? Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education, 3(2/3), 111-117.
- Rankin, S. & Reason, R. (2005). Differing perceptions: How students of color and White students perceive campus climate for underrepresented groups. Journal of College Student Development, 46(1), 43-61.
- Ranki, S. (2005). Slow but steady: Administrators taking heart to GBT safety, services. GLBT Campus Matters: Guidance for Higher Education, 1(1). Madison, WI: Magna Publications.
- Rankin, S. (2004). Campus climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people. The Diversity Factor, 12(1), 1-3.
- Rankin, S. (2003, Fall). Campus climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people: A legal perspective. Focus on Law Studies, XIX(1).
- Rankin, S. (1999). Queering campus: Understanding and transforming climate. Metropolitan Universities: An International Forum, 9(4), 29-38.