Dustin K. Grabsch

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education & Academic Success





Dustin K. Grabsch currently serves students, faculty and staff as the assistant provost of undergraduate education and academic success at Southern Methodist University. He is a seasoned higher education administrator and a visionary leader with a keen sense for strategy and forward-thinking. Grabsch possesses 15 years of progressive experience in leading, designing, developing and implementing high-impact educational programs in higher education, non-profits and government agencies.

He has held academic and student affairs positions at various universities including Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Seattle University, University of Arkansas and Texas Tech University. Grabsch is a pracademic, collaborator, consultant and researcher who is committed to action-based research to improve college student experiences and success via organizational transformation. He is a respected scholar, consultant and educational leader.

Grabsch is a proud first-generation college student and holds a bachelor's, master's and a doctorate in leadership-related fields. Originally from Warren, MI, he enjoys boating, hiking, DIY projects and writing in his spare time.


Ph.D., Texas A&M University
M.A., Seattle University
B.S., Texas A&M University

Recent Work

Selected Publications
Mangum, M., Waddell, Z., Barta, B., & Grabsch, D. K. (in press). Transfer-student entry to the university: Experiences of mattering and marginalization. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. 

Liebowitz, R., Grabsch, D. K., Chinnam, D., Webb, H. & Kunovich, S. (2022). Exploring the differences among motivations, advantages, and disadvantages of multiple majoring by student characteristics. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education. Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-11-2021-0442 

Grabsch, D. K., O’Brien, L., Kirschner, C., Chinnam, D., Waddell, Z., Leibowitz, R., & Madsen, M. (2021). Characterizing Nonreturning College Students and Their Departure Intentions. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. 1-21. doi: 10.1177/15210251211056296

Grabsch, D. K.,Moore, L. L., & Dooley, K.(2021). Active identities and their levels in college student leadership. Journal of Leadership Education.20(3): 57-74.doi: 10.12806/V20/I3/R3

Beck, A., Nadler, M., & Grabsch, D. K. (2021, October). A content analysis of college student-proposed definitions of sense of belonging to a residential community. Journal of College and University Student Housing. 48(1): 30-45.

Mucci-Ferris, M., Grabsch, D. K.& Bobo, A. (2021). Positives, negatives, and opportunities arising in the undergraduate college experience due to COVID-19. Journal of College Student Development.62(2): 203-218. doi:10.1353/csd.2021.0017

Gretchen C. Voight New Employee Excellence Presidential Award, Southern Methodist University, 2020

Identity approach to leadership; college student experience; student success; high-impact educational practices; and higher education student affairs

Course list

CCPA 2375  Communication Research and Data Analytics
Dustin K. Grabsch