VPSA Office Staff

VPSA Office Staff

Vice President of Student Affairs

Dr. K.C. Mmeje became vice president for student affairs at Southern Methodist University effective July 17, 2017.

"Strength of character and a commitment to students shines through in interactions with Dr. Mmeje," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "His experience at urban, private universities in Chicago and Los Angeles also set him apart as a candidate for this important position at SMU. We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Mmeje to the Hilltop in Dallas."

In his new duties, Mmeje (pronounced MAY-jay) will oversee areas including the Office of the Dean of Student Life; Residence Life; women’s, LGBT, multicultural, volunteer and leadership programs; student activities; student conduct; the Hegi Family Career Development Center; campus ministries; health and wellness programs, including the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center; the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

As assistant vice president and dean of students at Loyola University Chicago since September 2014, Mmeje has been responsible for several functional areas that support Loyola’s academic mission and promote a vibrant campus life, including the Office of the Dean of Students, Off-Campus Student Life, Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, Student Activities & Greek Affairs, Leadership Development and Second Year Experience, Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, and the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC). He has almost 15 years of progressively responsible student affairs experience in judicial affairs, crisis management, retention and academic support services, and student advocacy and support.

Mmeje received his B.A. degree in sociology and Black studies from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He earned a Master of Education degree in higher education student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and his Ed.D. in educational leadership from USC. In addition, he holds a Certificate in Management and Leadership in Education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

214-768-4564 | kcmmeje@smu.edu


Adam CebulskiDirector of Assessment and Strategic Initiatives

Adam R. Cebulski holds his M.S.Ed. degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. His background has focused on strategic planning and assessment, and he has helped many universities and non-profit organizations implement structural and procedural changes to improve operations. His professional expertise also includes process improvement, program evaluation, student retention initiatives, marketing, admissions and recruitment, and technology integration. He most recently served as the Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives for Campus Labs and is an independent consultant for higher education institutions. Previously, he held positions within student and academic affairs at Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University.

His research projects include using gamification principles and human motivation patterns to increase student engagement and success, development of intentional student experiences, the intersection of identity salience of underrepresented students and leadership development, in-group bias against positive attributes, and the impacts and integration of technology on higher education.

214-768-2280 | acebulski@smu.edu


Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs

Nan Gunter joined the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in March of 2016 and is thrilled to be part of this dynamic team.
 
She began working at SMU in 2003 at the Cox School of Business and later moved to the Development and External Affairs Division. Nan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University.

214-768-2088 | ngunter@smu.edu

 


Karina SiuGraduate Assistant for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives

Karina Siu is a masters student in the Educational Policy and Leadership program in the Simmons School at SMU, and joined the office of the Vice President, as the graduate assistant, in June 2017. She earned a B.A degree in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. As an undergraduate, Karina was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship to study the effects of education policy in Philadelphia, PA.

As a masters student, her research interests focus on how to translate theory into effective practice in the areas of education policy and program development and assessment. 

214-768-2822 | ksiu@smu.edu