Dr. Guthrie serves as the director of the Leadership Learning Research Center. She is an associate professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. In addition to teaching in the Higher Education program, Dr. Guthrie also coordinates the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, which is a partnership between the College of Education and the Center for Leadership & Social Change. Her research focuses on the learning outcomes and environment of leadership and civic education, online teaching and learning, and professional development for student affairs professionals.
Dr. Guthrie has authored several refereed journal articles and edited and authored several books. In 2016 she co-edited a New Directions in Higher Education issue titled "Reclaiming Higher Education’s Purpose in Leadership Development." In 2013, she co-authored "Cultivating Leader Identity and Capacity in Students from Diverse Backgrounds."
In her current role with Florida State University, she has taught courses in higher education, including Introduction to Student Services, Leading Change in Higher Education, Practicum in Student Services, and Capstone in Higher Education. She has also taught courses in the undergraduate leadership certificate, including Leadership Theory and Practice, Leadership in Groups and Communities, Leadership and Change, and Leadership Experience. Over the course of her career, she has been honored with awards including the Transformation through Teaching Award (2015), Florida State University College of Education Teaching Award (2014), Association of College Personnel Administrators’ Emerging Scholar (2012), Seminole Faculty Award (2011), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Contributions to Student Affairs through Teaching (2010).
Dr. Guthrie is an editorial board member of the Journal of Leadership Education and Journal of College and Character. Currently, Dr. Guthrie is the associate editor of the New Directions in Student Leadership series and editor of the Contemporary Perspectives in Leadership Learning book series. She also currently serves as the chair for the Leadership Scholarship Member Interest Group in the International Leadership Association.
Dr. Guthrie received her Ph.D. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.
Cameron C. Beatty, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. Dr. Beatty teaches courses in the undergraduate leadership certificate as well as conducts research with the Leadership and Learning Research Center. Dr. Beatty's research foci includes exploring the intersections of gender and race in leadership education, leadership development of students of color on historically white college campuses, and global leadership education for undergraduate students. His recent publications center on topics that include: supporting undergraduate Black womxn through Sister Circles, gains in leadership capacity for high achieving Black men leaders, and supporting undergraduate men in leadership education through liberatory pedagogy. He is a scholar passionate about deconstructing race, systemic racism, and hegemonic masculinity in postsecondary education environments.
Prior to joining the faculty at Florida State University, Dr. Beatty was an assistant professor at Salem State University in the higher education student affairs program. He was also the Coordinator and Lecturer for the Leadership Studies Program at Iowa State University, where he was not only responsible for the administration of the certificate program, but also directed the Global Leadership Study Abroad Program to Sweden and the Vermeer International Scholarship Program. Dr. Beatty has experience in fraternity and sorority advising, campus programming boards, and supervising academic peer mentors.
Dr. Beatty was named a 2018 ACPA Emerging Scholar designee. He completed his Ph.D. at Iowa State University in the Higher Education Administration Program with a concentration in Social Justice in 2014. Cameron received a B.S. in Sociology and a M.S. in Higher Education Student Affairs, both from Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB).
Dr. Lorensen is a Specialized Teaching Faculty member in the Leadership Learning Research Center. Prior to arriving at FSU in 2018, Dr. Lorensen’s career presented her with opportunities to work as a leadership educator and student affairs professional at several other notable public universities. She has a B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences Education from the University of Kentucky, an M.Ed. in Youth & Family Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and an Ed.M. in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her doctorate in Human Sciences and Leadership Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014.
Dr. Lorensen loves leadership learning both in and out of the classroom and particularly enjoys providing her students with opportunities for experiential learning. Her areas of scholarship and expertise include youth leadership development, college student leadership development, service-learning, group and team dynamics, and curriculum/program development. She would love having you stop by her office to discuss any of these topics or talk about college basketball, your favorite books, or your favorite podcasts.
Dr. Watkins is a visiting teaching faculty with the LLRC. She has taught a variety of the LDR courses offered at Florida State. Her research focuses on the history of leadership education at the collegiate level, socially responsible leadership development, and leadership learning and pedagogy. Additionally, Sally is interested in the history of higher education, institutional presidents, and career readiness. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of Alabama, a Master of Education in Art Education at the University of North Georgia, a Master of Education in Post and Secondary Education at Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education at Florida State University. A native of Georgia, Sally loves being in the Northeast Georgia Mountains and spending time with her dogs.
Brittany (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education program (Student Affairs track) at Florida State University. Brittany teaches courses in the undergraduate leadership certificate as well as conducts research with the Leadership Learning Research Center. She received her B.S.Ed. in Early and Middle Childhood Studies with a minor in Leadership Studies from The Ohio State University and obtained her master's degree in Higher Education from Florida State University. Her research interests include women's leadership identity, capacity, and efficacy as well as leadership education and career development. In her free time, Brittany enjoys day trips to the beach, reading, and volunteering for her national organization to talk to members about positive body image and salary negotiation.
Pei is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education (Student Affairs track) program at Florida State University. Her research interests focus on college student self-authorship development and the measurement of the second phase of self-authorship – The Crossroads. Currently, she serves as a graduate research assistant for the Leadership Learning Research Center, responsible for research on academic leadership programs across the United States and other leadership research projects. Pei received her bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature and Linguistics from Jianghan University in China and obtained her master’s degree in Higher Education at Florida State University. Outside of school and work, Pei enjoys doing yoga, reading, and video-calling her family in China!
Julie is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education (Student Affairs track) program at Florida State University. She received her bachelor's degree in social work with a certificate in leadership studies from Florida State University and obtained her master's degree in higher education at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to returning to FSU, Julie worked full-time at The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Tampa, where she developed and facilitated leadership development, community engagement, and diversity education programs, and taught in the Leadership Minor program. Her research interests focus on the intersection of leadership, diversity, and service programs and their impact on student learning and success. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her Pomeranian, Coco, and cheering on the FSU football team.
Derrick Raphael Pacheco (he/him/his/el) is originally from Hialeah, Florida and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. Derrick serves as a teaching and research assistant at the Leadership Learning Research Center. He received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Management from the College of Business at Florida State University and a Master of Science in Higher Education from the College of Education at Florida State University. Derrick also holds a certification from the National Leadership Alliance as a Certified Nonprofit Professional. His research interests include leadership identity development of college students who hold minoritized identities, the access to higher education for minoritized communities, and first-generation college students. Derrick enjoys spending time with his loved ones and discovering new places to eat and study around Tallahassee.
Darius Robinson is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. His research focus is on the impact of leadership on students of color, with an emphasis on black male leadership. Originally from Binghamton, NY, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, with academic focuses in educational studies and writing & rhetoric. Before attending graduate school, Darius worked for two AmeriCorps programs – the first was City Year Los Angeles, working as a mentor, tutor, and role model for kids in the Watts neighborhood. The second, he worked for the Episcopal Service Corps, rebuilding homes on Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy. After working with these organizations, Darius received his master’s degree in college student affairs at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. Prior to coming to FSU, he worked full-time at the University of Nevada, Reno. There, he worked with residential hall student government, large scale programming, and community development. In his regular life, Darius is a fan of nature, Internet TV, video games and relaxing with friends and family.
Antonio Ruiz Ezquerro is an international student from Mexico City, Mexico. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education at Florida State University and works at the LLRC as a Graduate Assistant. He completed his M.S. in Higher Education from Florida State University in 2020. In 2017, he obtained his Marketing BBA with a Nonprofit Studies Minor from James Madison University. His research interests cover leadership, gamification as a pedagogy, issues relating to the Latinx community, and student development theory. Antonio is known for his adept communication skills and ability to identify and handle challenges ahead. His vision of making a difference with his work, as well as his diverse life and cultural experiences, are assets he uses to unify teams and drive them to results.
Laura Vaughn is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. She received her international business double bachelor's degrees in business and foreign language from Mississippi State University. After her undergraduate studies, Laura worked for two years in Isesaki, Gunma, Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher under the JET Program. She then worked for the University of Mississippi as the Coordinator of Admissions and International Student Advisor for the Intensive English Program and Office of International Programs. During her time at the University of Mississippi, she obtained her master's degree in higher education and an MBA degree. Her research interests include leadership and student development for international students. In her free time, Laura enjoys walking around in nature, practicing Tai Chi, and game nights with friends.
Dr. Josie Ahlquist is a student affairs educator, discovering the intersection of digital communication technologies and leadership development in higher education. She believes in challenging how higher education thinks about social media for community building, leadership development and student services. Josie received her Ed.D. from California Lutheran University doctoral program, studying higher education leadership. She is an alumna of Northern Arizona University with a master's degree in counseling and holds undergraduate degrees from South Dakota State University, where she double–majored in sociology and human development and family studies. Josie is very attuned to the landscape of higher education and is passionate about developing leadership capacity of college students, as well as administrators. She has served as adjunct faculty at Florida State University, teaching undergraduate and masters level courses.
For the third year in a row she has been named to the "Top 50 Must Read Higher Education Technology Blogs" by Ed Tech Magazine. She is a co–author in the Handbook of Student Affairs Administration textbook, writing the chapter on Computer–Mediated Communication and Social Media. She is also published in The Journal of Leadership Studies, in a thought piece called Trending Now: Digital Leadership Education using Social Media and the Social Change Model. She is also a co–editor and author in New Directions in Student Services, "Engaging the Digital Generation." Finally, Josie is a co–editor and author in the upcoming release of New Directions in Student Leadership, "Going Digital in Student Leadership."