Dr. Jon Dooley came to Elon University in January 2014 as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Campus Life, with responsibility for several offices and university initiatives for diversity and inclusion, service learning and civic engagement, and the integration of students’ residential and academic student experiences.
He has served in his current role as Vice President for Student Life since June 1, 2017. He is the chief student affairs officer for the university and serves on the president’s senior staff. He is responsible for all aspects of student life at the university, including 15 departments that provide student services, programs, and experiences that support student learning and a thriving campus community.
As an associate professor, Dr. Dooley regularly teaches courses at the university, most recently in the undergraduate Core Curriculum. Throughout his career, he has served as an instructor for graduate and undergraduate courses in leadership, diversity and social justice, and college student personnel administration. His research and writing interests include service learning, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and student affairs in higher education.
Prior to his arrival at Elon, held administrative leadership roles at Marquette University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with oversight and supervision for a variety of student affairs functional areas, including for leadership development, student activities and organizations, student government advising, fraternity/sorority life, music programs, and student affairs assessment. He is a frequent presenter at national student affairs conferences, serves as a co-lead facilitator for LeaderShape, and is a former chair of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Board of Directors.
Areas of Expertise (7)
Transitions and First Year Experience
Student Activities and Involvement
Student Leadership Development
Diversity and Inclusion
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Civic Engagement and Service Learning
Marquette University: Ph.D., Educational Policy & Leadership 2007
James Madison University: M.Ed., Counseling Psychology (College Student Personnel Administration) 1995
St. Norbert College: B.A., History & Broadfield Social Studies (Education) 1993
Media Appearances (4)
Elon University breaks ground on student commons
The Times News
“The students who are here do love this neighborhood, but one thing they’ve told us over the years is that they really miss a place where they can gather together in larger groups and really strengthen some of those connections to community,” Vice President of Student Life Jon Dooley said.
Elon University set to unveil new projects
Spectrum News online
Jon Dooley, the Vice President of Student Life at the university, said, “With the residential neighborhoods as well as the faculty and staff actively engaged with students outside the classroom, the things that we’re doing here are very unique in the landscape of higher education and we’re really proud of not just the facilities themselves, but what happens inside those facilities.”
In the Spotlight: Jon Dooley
Triad Business Journal online
A profile of Jon Dooley following his selection as vice president for student life and dean of students
Discover 3 College Programs That Help Students Thrive
U.S. News & World Report online
WHEN IT COMES TO searching for colleges, students should zero in on places that not only feel like a good fit, but also that work at getting students engaged in campus life. A growing number of schools are implementing certain "high-impact" practices that have been shown to make a big difference to happiness and success.
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Dooley, J., Frigo, R., & Morrison, M.
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Dooley, J., & Shellogg, K.
Dooley, J.C. & LePeau, L.A.