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Jon Dooley - Elon University. Elon, NC, US

Jon Dooley Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life and Associate Professor of Education | Elon University


Jon Dooley leads the university division with multiple departments responsible for student involvement, welfare, and well-being.


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

Residence Life





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Elon Commitment conversation: Jon Dooley How to prepare for #ElonHurricane — Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley Jon Dooley Interview



Education (3)

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.

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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.”

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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

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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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Articles (5)

Fostering partnerships across campus to advance equity, inclusion, and global engagement Insight Into Diversity

Barnett, B., & Dooley, J.


Developing Employment Skills in Service and Community Engagement Programs In Peck, A. (Ed.), Project CEO (co-curricular experience outcomes): Demonstrating the impact of co-curricular experiences on the skills employers demand

Dooley, J., Frigo, R., & Morrison, M.


Examining the role of the Catholic environment in students’ search for meaning Journal of College Student Development

Jessup-Anger, J., Dooley, J.C., Leigh, R., Mueller, E., & Dean, K.L.


Social change model of leadership development: A 20-year legacy and future considerations Campus Activities Programming

Dooley, J., & Shellogg, K.


Striving for an inclusive and nurturing campus: Cultivating the intersections In Barnett, B. and Felten, P. (Eds.), Campus intersections: A diversity and inclusion handbook for individuals and institutions in higher education

Dooley, J.C. & LePeau, L.A.