Dr. C. Art Sandeen Biography

Arthur Sandeen was born in Chicago in 1938 and was educated in the public schools in Hinsdale, Illinois. He earned his B.A. degree in religion and psychology in 1960 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, his M.A. degree in college student personnel administration from Michigan State University in 1962, and his Ph.D. degree from Michigan State in 1965 in administration and higher education. In 1982, he was a Fulbright Scholar in West Germany, and in 1984, completed the Institute for Educational Management program at Harvard University.

Sandeen served as a head resident adviser and coordinator of freshmen orientation at Michigan State University from 1962-65, and as Associate Director of Residence Hall Programs from 1965-67. From 1967-73, he served as Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Higher Education at Iowa State. In 1973, he was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs and Professor of Higher Education at the University of Florida and served in this position until August 1, 1999. He served as Professor of Educational Leadership and Coordinator of the graduate program in student personnel in higher education from 1999-2004. He retired from UF on December 31, 2004.

Sandeen was elected President of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in 1977, and in 1987, chaired the committee that wrote the report, ‘A Perspective on Student Affairs’, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Student Personnel Point of View. He is the author of 3 monographs, over 50 published articles, 21 chapters in books, and 6 books; Undergraduate Education: Conflict and Change (D.C. Heath, 1976); The Chief Student Affairs Officer: Leader, Manager, Mediator, Educator (Jossey Bass, 1991); Improving Leadership in Student Affairs Administration (C.C. Thomas, 2000); Making a Difference: Profiles of Outstanding Student Affairs Leaders (NASPA, 2001); Enhancing Student Engagement on Campus (University Press of America, 2003); and Critical Issues in Student Affairs: Challenges and Opportunities (Jossey-Bass, 2006, with Margaret Barr). He received the Fred Turner Award in 1982 for contributions to NASPA, the Scott Goodnight Award in 1990 for outstanding performance as a dean, and NASPA’s award for contributions to research and literature in 2000. He was also appointed a Senior Scholar by ACPA in 2001. In November 2001, he conducted a student affairs institute in Hong Kong, at the invitation of the Asian-Pacific Student Services Association. He has served as a consultant to more than 30 colleges and universities.