Position Type
Staff
Service
- Present
Other Affiliations
Specialization
student success, student holistic well-being
Biography

This is my 15th year at Denison. I have served in a variety of Dean roles since arriving on campus in 2007. I grew up in New Jersey and spent many years in the Washington, DC area working in higher education.

I enjoy bringing my family to campus events and cheering on the Big Red! You can often find me enjoying a cup of coffee on the weekends at one of the coffee shops in Granville, the farmers market, or the bike trail or bioreserve.

It is a privilege to be able to work at Denison and within the field of higher education and student affairs. Educators made a difference in my childhood in such a way that helped me value learning and believe in myself. I am driven by the desire to see our students and community flourish. I feel like I am applying my talents in this work, acknowledging areas for growth, and coming to know more of myself in the process. My life’s work thus far has exposed me to the life stories, struggles, and achievements of hundreds of young people. I feel fortunate to have benefited from their openness with me. Empathy is a personal strength and it is expressed in my daily work. These conversations have influenced how I live my life and serve as an educator and ally.

My role in the Division of Student Life is one that focuses on the holistic well-being of all students. My colleagues and I care deeply about student success, we are focused on creating policies, programs and practices that produce momentum for degree and goal attainment. We also seek to eliminate barriers to persistence. We support students as they respond to personal and academic challenges. As the divisional lead for parent and family communications, I communicate and partner with parents and families in ways that help them feel more connected to the Denison community and its resources that promote student thriving. I do this work in close partnership with Alumni & Family Engagement, Institutional Advancement, and other Student Life offices.

Additionally, I oversee our financial literacy and well-being center, select micro-grants for basic needs, campus values and student conduct office, CARE Network, university on call team, student enrollment status group, and other cross-divisional working groups.

Degree(s)
B.A. Political Science & Communication, James Madison University; M.A. Education Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University; Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Georgetown University; Ed.D. Higher Ed Management, University of Pittsburgh

Learning & Teaching

Academic Positions

2007-Present, Denison University

  • Dean of Student Support & Family Partnerships
  • Dean of Students
  • Associate Dean/Director of Housing & Residential Life

Prior to Denison, Dean Fox held positions at Georgetown University, CUA, and Capital University

Research

Dean Fox's research focuses on student success, organizational change, strategic planning, culture change, senior wellness officer positions, wellness initiatives, and healthy academic cultures.
Details
  • Dean works to make a difference in the community
  • From the desk of Dean Fox
  • The Emergence of the Chief Wellness Officer in U.S. Higher Education, NASPA Strategies Conferences, 2020
  • Making the Case for a Chief Wellness Officer on Campus, NASPA Annual Conference, 2020
  • Re-imagining Student Government in Promoting Democratic Citizenship on Campus, NASPA Annual Conference, 2020
  • Becoming a Better Supervisor through Radical Candor, NASPA IV-E, 2018
  • Border Towns: Campuses work to make sure that the dividing line between town and gown doesn't become a line in the sand. pages 60-63
  • Generating and Utilizing Data to Inform Persistence-Related Priorities, NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap Conference, 2016
  • Title IX Investigations: Promising Practices and Lessons from Peers, NASPA IV-E Conference, 2014
  • ACUHO-I Virtual Roundtable: Title IX, October 2014
  • Assessing Social Culture on Residential Campuses: Approaches to Creating Safe Communities, ACUHO-I Annual Conference, 2014
  • College 101: Thriving on Campus, Presentation to University School Graduates, 2014
  • How to Succeed in Student Affairs (With or Without a Doctoral Degree), NASPA Annual Conference, 2014
  • ACUHO-I Virtual Roundtable: The Impact that Student Financial Aid Cuts Could Have on Housing Occupancy, July 2011
  • Legislative Updates: Public Policy Year in Review, ACUHO-I Annual Conference, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Housing Officers’ Responses to Changing Purchasing Regulations and Tax Codes, ACUHO-I Annual Conference, 2011
  • Grassroots Public Policy Advocacy: You Can Make a Difference, ACUHO-I Annual Conference, 2010
  • The Homestead Program: Cabin Living Year-Round with a Focus on Ecological Sustainability, ACUHO-I Annual Conference, 2009
  • Alcohol Prevention in Practice, Outside the Classroom AlcoholEdu Day at Georgetown University, 2007
  • On Student Culture: Guide to Sanctioning, JASPA Summer Institute-Fordham University, 2005
  • Linking Staff Training and Selection Processes, MACUHO Conference, 2004 Do What You Love and Love What You Do, MACUHO Conference, 2004
  • Preparing for the Next Step: A Career in Higher Education, MACUHO Conference, 2003
  • Promoting Civility: Initiatives in Student Character Development and Ethical Decision Making, MACUHO Conference, 2002
  • Our Different Paths Towards Community Development, MACUHO Student Staff Conference, 2001
  • Developing Leadership through Community Service-Learning, panel member, ACPA Convention, 2000

Works

Publications

Service

Professional Service (includes Denison Service)
  • Granville Village Charter Review Commission Chair, 2021
  • NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Wellness & Health Promotion Leadership Strategies Conference Program Committee 2020-Present
  • BHAC: Building Healthy Academic Communities Advisory Board 2020-Present
  • ACUHO-I: The Association of College and University Housing Officers International Regional Affiliations Director, Executive Board 2011-2013 Term
  • Chair, ACUHO-I Public Policy Advisory Committee 2007-2011 Term
  • ASHE: Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • LeaderShape Institute, Cluster Facilitator

Other

Student Collaborations

Mentions