Kevin Stensberg

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Kevin Stensberg


Assistant Vice Provost, Student Support & Residential Engagement

Department: Residential Education Team, Department Leadership


University Student Center 800 21st Street, NW, Suite 204 Washington DC 20052

Dr. Kevin J. Stensberg (he, him, his) innovates higher education ecosystems to positively impact students' development and has worked at campuses in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  A first-generation college graduate, Kevin leverages two decades of experience to bridge generational divides, resulting in organizational evolution, student-ready teams, and human talent with an exuberance for life.

Kevin has been afforded remarkable opportunities work at some of the oldest universities in the United States and some of the newest universities on the planet, to spotlight pathways for indigenous knowledge to inform higher education transformation in the developing world, and to guide teams across the globe to peer-reviewed award-winning excellence. 

Kevin has spent his personal life reading, laughing, traveling to all 50 states and over 100 countries, and anthropomorphizing his rescue dog.

B.S., University of Wisconsin Stout, 2001

M.S., University of Central Missouri, 2003

Ed.D., Northeastern University, 2021

Anderson, A. A., Huff, W., & Stensberg, K. J. (2011, March). A different dialogue: Building an intergroup dialogue program. NASPA annual conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Anderson, A. A., Huff, W., & Stensberg, K. J. (2011, March). A different dialogue speaks loudly: Building an intergroup dialogue program. ACPA annual convention. Baltimore, MD. 

Anderson, A., Stensberg, K. J., Taylor, A., Tracy, W. (2009, November). Journalistic ethics training. The Hoya. Washington, DC

Bardill Moscaritolo, L., Stensberg, K. J., Newman, D., Schreiber, B., & Maryam, F. (2020, June). Learn from new paradigms, unite as an international community of professionals, and participate in global action with the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS). CACUSS annual conference. Toronto, Canada. (conference cancelled).

Creighton, J. (Host), Stensberg, K. J. (Guest). (2022, February 24). Becoming (No. 1) [Audio podcast episode]. In Student Affairs Voices from the Field. NASPA.

Li, L. (Host), Stensberg, K. J. (Guest). (2022, August 8). Cultural dexterity building for student affairs professionals with Dr. Kevin Stensberg (No. 20) [Audio podcast episode]. In Global Connections. ACPA.

Huff, B., & Stensberg, K. J. (2010, December). A different dialogue: Building an intergroup dialogue program. DCCPA annual conference. Washington, DC. 

Mosley, R., Brisson, M., Egger, K., Foster, T., Gana, J., Jackson, E., Prizinski, F. Stensberg, K. J., & Von Der Heyat, A. (2021, March). Action research project showcase. Innovation and Disruption in Education Graduate School of Education Residency for Organizational Leadership Studies Concentration. Seattle, WA.

Muehlethaler, S., Gallagher, M., Gallagher, B., De Souza, M., Hum, G., & Stensberg, K. J. (2016, March). Global perspectives: Student affairs around the world. ACPA annual convention. Montreal, Canada.

Muehlethaler, S., Meyer auf der Heyde, A., Brackett, S., Bull, L. A., McLeod, H., & Stensberg, K. J. (2013, June). Global student affairs experiences: Igniting passion and leadership abroad. CACUSS annual conference. Montreal, Canada. 

Muehlethaler, S., Strange, C., Stephenson, C., MacEachern, L., & Stensberg, K. J. (2012, June). Global perspectives: Student affairs around the world. CACUSS annual conference. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Nelson, M., Bardill Moscaritolo, L., Junaid Asghar, T., & Stensberg, K. J. (2021, March). Pandemic response and future practice implications: A cross-border panel discussion. MENASA NASPA annual conference. Virtual.

Peraza, M., Jones, M. & Stensberg, K. J. (2010). Careers in higher education. The Washington Center career conference. Washington, DC.

Seifer, T., Helsen, E., Austin, J., Newman, D., & Stensberg, K. J. (2015, March). Student affairs and services practice around the world. ACPA international colloquium. Tampa, FL.

Seifert, T., Reyes, S., Helsen, E., Loyola, L., Qi, L., & Stensberg, K. J. (2020, October). Pathways to student affairs and student services around the globe. IASAS and ACPA virtual presentation.

Stensberg, K. J. (2021). Cultural Dexterity: An action research study of Western expatriate student affairs professionals on the Arabian Peninsula (Publication No. 28318422). Doctoral dissertation, Northeastern University. ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Global. (2524380445).

Stensberg, K. J. (2022, June). Cultivating global dexterity: Applying student affairs research to successful United Nations sustainable development goal partnerships. Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services. Cork, Ireland.

Stensberg, K. J. (2008, January). Establishing a safe zone initiative. The Juilliard School. New York, NY.

Stensberg, K. J. (2008). Inclusive community building. The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. North Adams, MA. 

Stensberg, K. J. (2009, January). Inclusive communities. Castleton State College. Castleton, VT. 

Stensberg, K. J., Silva, C., & Medina, D. (2016). International employment in student affairs and services. In K. J. Osfield, B. Perozzi, L. Bardill Moscaritolo, & R. Shea (Eds.), Supporting students globally in higher education. NASPA.

Stensberg, K. J. (2005, March). Millennials moving the world. MACUHO live-in conference. Newark, NJ. 

Stensberg, K. J. (2007, September). The millennials: Who are they and how can you reach them? [Keynote Speech]. New Jersey Cooperative Education & Internship Association (NJCEIA) & New Jersey Association of Colleges & Employers (NJACE) collaborative meeting. Rehoboth, DE. 

Stensberg, K. J. (2017, September 22). New year, new job, new town: Community and belonging is for student affairs staff too. The Student Affairs Collective. NASPA. Retrieved from

Stensberg, K. J. (2022, November). RD 2042: Conceptualizing the future of the Resident Director position. Syracuse University. Syracuse, NY.

Stensberg, K. J. (2004, January). Stressed? Gain focus and find your balance. New Jersey Institute of Technology. Newark, NJ

Stensberg, K. J. (2020, December). Working at an international institution. TPE - The Placement Exchange story short. Virtual. 

Stensberg, K. J. (2008, June). Working with diverse students. RELI. Philadelphia, PA. 

Stensberg, K. J., & Aljadani, A. (2022, March). An opportunity for integrating indigenous and expatriate student affairs knowledge across the Arabian Peninsula. NASPA annual conference. Baltimore, MD. 

Stensberg, K. J., & Aljadani, A. (2020, August). Cultural dexterity: Reflection, adaptation, and conversations for value-aligned adjustment. MENASA NASPA multaqa. Virtual. 

Stensberg, K. J., & Aljadani, A. (2021, March). Cultural dexterity: Reflection, adaptation, and conversations for value-aligned adjustment. NASPA international symposium. Virtual.

Stensberg, K. J., Anderson, A. A., & Huff, W. (2011, June). A different dialogue: Integrating intergroup dialogue in residential communities. NASPA regional conference. Lugano, Switzerland.

Stensberg, K. J., Bates, A., Harshe, G., Mosley, J., Witkowsky, P., & Zhou, A. (2020, March). Internationalize your student affairs and services career. [Half-day pre-conference workshop]. NASPA annual conference. Austin, TX. (conference canceled).

Stensberg, K. J., Blank, T., Van-Ess Grant, M., Urmeneta, M., Lockart, V., & Dilks, K. (2022, March). Action Research in Education: Using collaborative, iterative research to influence change. NASPA annual conference. Baltimore, MD. 

Stensberg, K. J., & Brown, B. (2005, November). Making the best of the last resort: Thriving in hotel housing. MACUHO annual conference. Lake Harmony, PA.

Stensberg, K. J., & Coder, E. (2021, March). COVID conversations. MENASA NAPSA annual conference. Virtual. 

Stensberg, K. J., & Hernandez, P. (2008, January). The quarter-life crisis & today's housing professionals. NJCORE annual conference. Lawrence, NJ. 

Stensberg, K. J., Howe Hastillo Cavazos, A., Murphey, R. (2022, March). Action Research in International Education Environments. NASPA international symposium. Baltimore, MD. 

Stensberg, K. J., & Lindstrom, J. (2018, April). Live a life you love. MENASA NASPA annual conference. Singapore. 

Stensberg, K. J., & Steinberg, C. (2004, January). Mid-year motivation. NJCORE annual conference. Lawrence Township, NJ. 

Stensberg, K. J., Stryker, C., & Kruse, T. (2017, April). Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education. [Author Panel]. MENASA NASPA annual conference. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Stensberg, K. J., & Walrod, K. (2004, October). Recognition ideas that work. MACUHO annual conference. Wheeling, WV. 

Unger, C., Stensberg, K. J., Carlos, R. (2021, March). Dissertation in practice. Innovation and Disruption in Education and NExT POP Up. Seattle, WA.

Witkowsky, P., Bates, A., Kruse, T., Marquis, G., Spencer, D., Jr., &Stensberg, K. J. (2019, March). Expect the unexpected: Student affairs professionals working across the globe. NASPA annual conference. Los Angeles, CA.

Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I)

  • International Relations Committee/Global Initiatives Network (2006 – 2010)

Campus Pride

  • Summer Leadership Camp Faculty (2008)

College Student Educators International (ACPA)

  • Global Dimensions of Student Development (GDSD) Sponsored Programs Chair (2011 – 2013)
  • Commission for Administrative Leadership (CAL)/Senior-Level Community of Practice Directorate (2008-2010)

District of Columbia College Personnel Association (DCCPA)

  • Founding Treasurer (2009 – 2012)

International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS)

  • Member (2015 – present)

Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO)

  • New Jersey State Regional Coordinator (2008 – 2009)
  • Diversity Committee Co-Chair (2006-2007)

Middle East, North Africa, South Asia region of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (MENASA NASPA)

  • Founding Secretary & Advisory Board Member (2017 - 2021)

Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI)

  • Faculty & Mentor (2008)

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)

  • Global Advisory Board (2017 - 2019)
  • International Symposium Planning Committee (2017-2019)

ACPA - College Student Educators International

  • Excellence in International Research - 2022
  • Excellence in Institutional Change - 2014
  • Voice of Inclusion Medallion - 2014
  • Outstanding International Program of the Year - 2014
  • Mid-Level Professional Award - 2010

AJCU - Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

  • Distinguished Multicultural Affairs Award - 2010

Georgetown University Student of Color Alliance

  • Outstanding Program for Commitment to Diversity - 2011

MACUHO - Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers

  • Mid-Level Professional Award – 2007

Northeastern University

  • Huntington 100 - 2021

NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

  • Excellence in Collaborative Partnerships (MENASA) - 2021
  • International Education Best Practice Award - 2012 & 2014