Michael Stephen Hevel

Michael Stephen Hevel

Department Head

Associate Professor of Higher Education


(RHRC)-Rehab, Human Resources, & Comm.Disorders

Phone: 479-575-4924

Fax: 479-575-3319

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Michael Hevel has been department head and associate professor of higher education since 2017. He came to the University of Arkansas as an assistant professor of higher education in 2012. He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, where he served as a visiting assistant professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program in the 2011-2012 academic year. Before beginning his doctorate, he worked for several years in student affairs at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. He received his master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University in 2003. Today, Michael is active in the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the History of Education Society and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of College Student Development.

  • History of Higher Education
  • Impact of College on Students
  • Higher Education and Popular Culture
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, Educational Policy and Leadership Studies (Higher Education), 2011
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University, College Student Personnel, 2003
  • B.A., University of Kansas, Political Science, 2001

Journal Articles

  • Roessger, K. M., Eisentrout, K., & Hevel, M. S. (2019). Age and academic advising in community college: Examininng the assumption of self-directed learning. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 43, 441-454. 
  • Hevel, M. S., Martin, G. L., Goodmann, K. M., & Pascarella, E. T. (2018). An exploratory study of institutional characteristics, fraternity and sorority membership, and socially responsible leadership. College Student Affairs Journal, 36, 155-170. 
  • Hevel, M. S. (2016). Toward a history of student affairs: A synthesis of research, 1996-2015. Journal of College Student Development, 57, 844-862.
  • Hevel, M. S., Martin, G. L., Weeden, D. D., & Pascarella, E. T. (2015). The effects of fraternity and sorority membership in the fourth year of college: A detrimental or value-added component of undergraduate education? Journal of College Student Development, 56, 454-468.
  • Hevel, M. S., Weeden, D. D., Pasquesi, K. & Pascarella, E. T. (2015). The conservative corner of the liberal academy? Fraternity/sorority membership, politics, and activism. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 52, 121-133.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2014). Preparing for the politics of life: An expansion of the political dimensions of college women’s literary societies. History of Education Quarterly, 54, 486-515.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2014). Setting the stage for Animal House: Student drinking in college novels. Journal of Higher Education, 85, 370-401.
  • Hevel, M.S., Martin, G. L., & Pascarella, E. T. (2014). Do fraternities and sororities still enhance socially responsible leadership? Evidence from the fourthy year of college. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51, 233-245.
  • Martin, G. L., Hevel, M.S., & Pascarella, E. T. (2012). Do fraternities and sororities enhance socially responsible leadership? Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 49, 267-284.
  • Martin, G. L., Hevel, M.S., Asel, A. M., & Pascarella, E. T. (2011). New evidence of the effect of fraternity and sorority affiliation during the first year of college. Journal of College Student Development, 52, 543-559.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2011). Public displays of student learning: The role of literary societies in early Iowa higher education. The Annals of Iowa, 70, 1-35.

Edited Monographs

  • Martin, G. L., & Hevel, M. S. (Eds.) (2014). Research-driven practice in student affairs: Implications from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. New Directions for Student Services, No. 147. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.  

Book Chapters

  • Hevel, M. S., & Jaeckle, H. A. (2018). Trends in the historiography of American college student life: Populations, organizations, and behaviors. In C. A. Ogren & M. A. VanOverbeke (Eds.), Rethinking campus life: New perspectives on the history of being a college student in the United States (pp. 11-36)New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2017). A historiography of college students 30 years after Helen Horowitz’s Campus Life. In M. B. Paulsen (Ed.), Higher education: Handbook of theory and research (vol. 32, pp. 419-484). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2017). Developing a bad reputation: The emergence of student affairs in college novels. In B. F. Tobolowsky & P. J. Reynolds (Eds.), Anti-Intellectual representation of American colleges and universities: Fictional higher education (pp. 121-14) . New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Martin, G. L., Hevel, M. S., & Barber, J. P. (2014). Conceptualizing research-driven practice and the Wabash National Study. In G. L. Martin & M. S. Hevel (Eds.), Research-driven practice in student affairs: Implications from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. New Directions for Student Services, No. 147 (pp. 3-11). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 
  • Hevel, M. S., & Bureau, D. A. (2014). Research-driven practice in fraternity and sorority life. In G. L. Martin & M. S. Hevel (Eds.), Research-driven practice in student affairs: Implications from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. New Directions for Student Services, No. 147 (pp. 23-36). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 

Academic Book Reviews

  • Hevel, M. S., & Jaeckle, H. A. (2018). [Review of the For the common good: A new history of higher education in America by Charles Dorn]. History of Education Quarterly, 58, 298-301.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2018). [Review of the book Society ties: A history of the Jefferson Society and student life at the University of Virginia by Thomas L. Howard III and Owen W. Gallogly]. Virginia Magazing of History and Biography, 126, 260-261.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2018). [Review of the book Deans of women and the feminist movement: Emily Taylor’s activism by Kelly C. Sartorius]. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, 11, 102-104.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2016). [Review of the book The deans’ Bible: Five Purdue women and their quest for equality by Angie Klink]. Journal of College Student Development, 57, 333-335.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2015). [Review of the book Faithful to the task at hand: The life of Lucy Diggs Slowe by Carroll L. L. Miller and Annie Pruitt-Logan]. History of Education Quarterly, 55, 511-514.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2015). [Review of the book Dress casual: How college students redefined American style by Deirdre Clemente]. History of Education Quarterly, 55, 112-115.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2012). [Review of the book Creating the college man: American mass magazines and middleclass manhood, 1890-1915 by Daniel A. Clark]. History of Education Quarterly, 52, 149-151.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2010). [Review of the book The company he keeps: A history of white college fraternities by Nicholas L. Syrett]. History of Education Quarterly50, 420-422.

Magazine and Newspaper Articles

  • Hevel, M. S. (2012, Summer). The enduring usefulness of philosophical statements for fraternity/sorority professionals. Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association of Fraternity Advisors, 9-10.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2011, December 18). The difficulties facing young men: [College] Novels follow two white Americans and their fear of failures [Review of the books Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Learner and The art of fielding by Chad Harbach]. Kansas City Star, J7.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2011, May 30). Remembering an educator, a mentor, a friend. Salem Statesman Journal, C4.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2008, Winter). Relevant legal issues for fraternity/sorority professionals. Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association of Fraternity Advisors, 7-9.
  • Hevel, M. S. (2007, Summer). Improving professional writing skills. Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association of Fraternity Advisors, 18-19.


  • Friends of Princeton University Library Research Grant (2017), $1,538
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2017), National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, $70,000
  • Travel Research in Equity Collections Fellowship, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute, $1,500
  • Small Grant (2015-2016), Spencer Foundation Grant, $48,750
  • Provost's Collaborative Research Grant (2015-2016), University of Arkansas Vice Provost for Faculty Development, $1,500
  • Filson Fellowship (2014), Filson Historical Society, $500
  • Seed Funding for Arts and Humanities Projects (2013-2015), University of Arkansas Vice Provost for Research, $5,000
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship (2012), Massachusetts Historical Society, $1,500
  • Research Support Grant (2012), Schlesinger Library, Harvard University, $600
  • Travel-to-Collections Grant (2010), Smith College Archives, $500
  • Friends of Princeton University Library Research Grant (2010), Princeton University Library, $3,000
  • Bordin Fellowship (2009), University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library, $1,500
  • Research Grant (2007), State Historical Society of Iowa, $1,000


  • Emerging Scholar (2015-2017), ACPA: College Student Educators International
  • Rising STAR (service, teaching, advising, and research) Award (2015), College of Education and Health Professions
  • Outstanding Researcher Award (2015), Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders
  • Division J (Higher Education) Outstanding Dissertation Award (2012), American Educational Research Association
  • Howard R. Jones Achievement Award (2011), University of Iowa
  • Seashore and Ballard Dissertation Year Fellowship (2010), University of Iowa, $22,000
  • President’s Award for Distinguished Service (2003), Bowling Green State University
  • Student Life Award (2003), Bowling Green State University
  • Chancellor’s Student Award (2001), University of Kansas