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Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:


Michael Stebleton

Associate Professor

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
253 Burton Hall


Office Hours:
Spring 2016: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm (or by appointment)

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Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, work, community, family education (WCFE), emphasis on adult education
M.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP)
B.A. summa cum honors, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, child psychology


Areas of Interest

College student development
Career development theory and practice
Student engagement issues
First-year student success
Multicultural college students issues including persistence and retention
Focus on first-generation and immigrant college students


Dr. Stebleton teaches both undergrads and grads with over 25 years of experience at a range of college and universities, including three plus years at Inver Hills Community College (where he served on the counseling faculty). He has worked in academic advising for approximately nine years (at the University of Minnesota-TC College of Liberal Arts and at Metropolitan State University). At Metropolitan State University, many of his students were adult, non-traditional, students of color. During this time, he worked as an adjunct faculty member teaching courses in Human Services and Career-Life planning.

His current research interests on college student engagement and success issues, with a focus on historically underserved students (including recent immigrant students). More specifically, he is analyzing issues related to sense of belonging and satisfaction of students who attend large, public universities. Furthermore, he is interested in the influence of high-impact educational practices (such as first-year experiences and learning communities) on the engagement of undergraduates.

Professional Affiliations

Courses Taught

  • EDHD 1525W—First Year Inquiry: Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing
  • OLPD 5712—Multicultural Theories of College Student Development Applied to Teaching and Learning
  • OLPD 5796—Supervised Practicum in Multicultural Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
  • In May 2015, I led a group of 24 undergraduates to Denmark and Sweden on a global seminar entitled "Examining the Good Life"

Selected Publications

  1. Jehangir, R. R., Stebleton, M. J., & Deenanath, V. (2015). An exploration of intersecting identities of first-generation, low-income college students (Research Report No. 5). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. 

  2. Stebleton, M. J., & Aleixo, M. B. (2015). Examining undocumented Latino/a student interactions with faculty and institutional agents. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. 14(3), 256-273. doi: 10.1177/1538192715574097

  3. Stebleton, M. J., & Aleixo, M. B. (in press). Black African immigrant college students' perceptions of belonging at a Predominately White Institution (PWI). Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition (Vol. 28.1, April 2016).

  4. Stebleton, M. J. (2015). Challenging students to become reasonable adventurers: A view from the canal. Manuscript submitted for publication.

  5. DuRose, L. M., & Stebleton, M. J. (2015). Lost in translation: Helping students articulate the value of liberal education. Manuscript submitted for publication.

  6. Stebleton, M. J., Soria, K. M., & Huesman, R. L. (2014). Recent immigrant college students at research universities: The relationship between campus climate and sense of belonging. Journal of College Student Development, 55(2), 196-202.

  7. Stebleton, M. J., Soria, K. M., & Huesman, R. L. (2014). First-generation students' sense of belonging, mental health, and use of counseling services at public research universities. Journal of College Counseling, 17(1), 6-20.

  8. Stebleton, M. J., Soria, K., M., & Cherney, B. T. (2013). The high impact of education abroad: College students' engagement in international experiences and the development of intercultural competencies. Frontiers Journal: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 22, 1-24.

  9. Stebleton, M. J. (2013). Overview of NEO Personality Inventory-3. In C. Wood & D. G. Hays (Eds.). A counselor's guide to career assessment instruments. (6th ed., pp. 391-396). Broken Arrow, OK: National Career Development Association.

  10. Soria, K. M., & Stebleton, M. J. (2013). Major decisions: Motivations for selecting a major, satisfaction, and belonging. NACADA Journal, 33(2), 29-43.

  11. Soria, K. M., & Stebleton, M. J. (2013). Social capital, academic engagement, and sense of belonging among working-class college students. College Student Affairs Journal, 31(2), xxxxx.

  12. Jackson, D., Stebleton, M. J., Laanan, F. S. (2013). The experience of community college faculty involved in a learning community program. Community College Review, 41(1), 1-17. DOI: 10.1177/0091552112473145.

  13. Soria, K.M., & Stebleton, M. J. (2013). Major decisions: Motivations for selecting a major, satisfaction, and belonging. NACADA Journal, 33(2), 29-43.

  14. Laanan, F. S., Jackson, D., & Stebleton, M. J. (2013). Comparative study of learning  community and  non-learning community students in a Midwestern community college. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 37(4), 247-261.

  15. Soria, K. M., Stebleton, M. J., & Huesman, R. (2013-2104). Class counts: Exploring differences in academic and social integration between working-class and middle/upper class students at large, public universities. Journal of College Student Retention, 15(2), 215-242.

  16. Soria, K., M., & Stebleton, M. J. (2013). Immigrant college students' academic obstacles. The Learning Assistance Review, 18(1), 7-24.

  17. Stebleton, M. J., Soria, K., M., Aleixo, M. B., & Huesman, R. L., Jr. (2012). Student-faculty and peer interactions among immigrant college students attending 4-year research universities in the United States. Multicultural Learning and Teaching, 7(2). doi: 10.1515/2161-2412.1122

  18. Stebleton, M. J., Soria, K.M., & Albecker, A. (2012). Integrating strength-based education into a first-year experience curriculum. Journal of College and Character, 13(2), 15-29.

  19. Stebleton, M. J. (2012). The meaning of work for Black African immigrant adult college students. Journal of Career Development, 39(1), 50-75.

  20. Stebleton, M. J., & Eggerth, D. (2012). Returning to our roots: Immigrant populations at work. Journal of Career Development, 39(1), 3-12.

  21. Soria, K. M. & Stebleton, M. J. (2012).  First-generation students’ academic engagement and retention at a large, public research university. Teaching in Higher Education. (published online summer, 2012).

  22. Stebleton, M. J. (2011). Understanding immigrant college students: Applying a developmental ecology framework to the practice of academic advising. NACADA Journal, 31(1), 42-54.

  23. Stebleton, M. J., Soria, K., M., & Mixon, J. (2011). Facebook me: Applying the social network film to student development theory and practice. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 48(4), 505-521.

  24. Stebleton, M. J., & Aleixo, M. B. (2011). Reflecting on the past; shaping the future of student affairs. CSPA-NYS Journal of Student Affairs, 11(2), 6-26.

  25. Stebleton, M. J., & Nownes, N. (2011). Writing and the world of work: An integrative learning community model at a two-year institution. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 41(2), 76-86.

  26. Stebleton, M. J., Huesman, R. L., Jr., Kuzhabekova, A. (2010). Do I belong here? Exploring  immigrant college student responses on the SERU sense of belonging/satisfaction factor. CSHE Research and Occasional Paper Series 13.10. Berkeley, CA: University of California-Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education. Retrieved October 13, 2010.

  27. Stebleton, M. J. (2010). Narrative-Based Career Counseling Perspectives in Times of Change: An Analysis of Strengths and Limitations. Journal of Employment Counseling, 47(2), 64-78.

  28. Stebleton, M. J., & Schmidt, L. (2010). Building Bridges: Community College Practitioners as Retention Leaders. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 47(1), 78-98.

  29. Stebleton, M. J. (2007). Counseling African immigrant college students: Theoretical approaches and implications for practice. The Career Development Quarterly, 55, 290-312.

  30. Stebleton, M. J. & Conlin Peterson, M. (2007). Unfolding stories: Integrating positive psychology into a career narrative approach. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 23, 9-24.

Selected Presentations

  1. Stebleton, M. J., DeAngelo, L., Aleixo, M., & Schuster, M. (2015, March). Facilitating belonging: Immigrant students and the impact of faculty and institutional agent interactions on sense of belonging. Paper presented at the annual meeting of NASPA, New Orleans, LA.

  2. DeAngelo, L., Ramirez, J. J., Stebleton, M., & Lightner, Q. (2014, November). Building Educational Success: The Influence of Family and Aspirational Capital on the Academic Resiliency of Foreign-born Immigrant Latino/a College Students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Washington, DC.

  3. Stebleton, M. J., & DeAngelo, L. (2014, March). In search of belonging: Exploring immigrant college students' experiences at large, 4-year universities. Session presented at NASPA National Conference, Baltimore, MD.

  4. Stebleton, M. J., & DeAngelo, L. (2014, February). Meeting the needs and issues of immigrant college students. Roundtable discussion presented at First-Year Experience National Conference, San Diego, CA.

  5. Stebleton, M. J., & Aleixo, M. B. (2013, November). In search of belonging: Exploring immigrant college students' experiences at 4-year universities. Session presented at MCPA Regional Conference, Rochester, MN.

  6. Stebleton, M. J. & Aleixo, M. B. (2013, March). Space matters:  Immigrant college students’ perceptions of belonging at Predominately White Institutions (PWIs). Session presented at ACPA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

  7. Buturian, L., Stebleton, M. J. (2013, February). The changing story: Engaging first-year students and fostering social change through digital storytelling. Session presented at The First-Year Experience National Conference, Orlando, FL.

  8. Stebleton, M. J., & Aleixo, M. B. (2012, October). Immigrant students in college: Building bridges to engagement and success. Session presented at MCPA Regional Conference, Century College, White Bear Lake, MN.

  9. Stebleton, M. J. (2012, March). Immigrant college students: Exploring experiences and  strategies to promote success. Session presented at the national American College Personnel Association Conference, Louisville, KY.

  10. Stebleton, M. J., & Huesman, R. L., Jr. (2011, March). Belonging on campus:  Immigrant  students’ satisfaction levels at research universities. Research Paper Presentation at the meeting of  ACPA, Baltimore, MD.

  11. Stebleton, M. J., Peter, G., & Jensen, M. (2010, February). Food for thought…and action: A  multidisciplinary approach to the first-year inquiry. Presentation at the meeting of First- Year Experience and Students in Transition meeting, Denver, CO.

  12. Stebleton, M. J., & Schmidt, L.S. (2010, November). Building bridges: Community college practitioners as retention leaders. NASPA Region IV-East Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

  13. Stebleton, M. J., & Huesman, R. (2010, November). Do I belong here? Exploring immigrant college students' satisfaction levels at large, research universities. NASPA Region IV-East Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

  14. Stebleton, M. J. (2010, July). Strength identification and career self-efficacy in a first-year inquiry course. National Career Development Association (NCDA) National Conference, San Francisco, CA.

  15. Updated April 25, 2017