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Rodney Parks

Registrar and Assistant Professor
Alamance Building 102
2106 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
rparks4@elon.edu (336) 278-6677

Brief Biography

Dr. Rodney L. Parks is the Registrar and Director of Summer College at Elon University where he has served since 2013.  Dr. Parks serves as an Assistant Professor and member of the Human Services Science Department.  Parks earned his Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of Georgia and has published numerous qualitative studies and book chapters focusing on the unique populations of students navigating higher education.

Dr. Parks is a U.S. Navy veteran having served as a naval medic stationed in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm as well as other duty stations in Europe and the United States. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Southeast Asia Serve Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal. Dr. Parks is an active member in CACRAO and AACRAO and currently serves on the Executive Committee for SACRAO.

Education

University of Georgia, Athens, GA (PhD - Counseling & Student Personnel Serv.), 2011

University of Georgia, Athens, GA (EDS – Adult Education), 2010

University of Georgia, Athens, GA  (MSW – Social Work),  2007

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA  (MA – Applied Sociology), 2000

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA  (BS – Criminology), 1996

Georgia Institute of Strategic Enrollment Management, 2012         

Employment History

Dr. Parks has been the Registrar and Director of Summer College since January 2013.  Prior to that he served in various administrative roles within the Registrar's Office at The University of Georgia

Courses Taught

HSS 211

HSS 111

HSS 499

ELON 101

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications:

 

Parks, R. L. & Rich, J. W. (2012). Back to school:  Baby boomers in the classroom. The SACRAO Journal, 25, 25-29.

Parks, R.L. & Rich, J.W. (2012, Summer).  Policy creation and the office of the registrar. The SACRAO Newsletter, pp. 12.

Parks, R. L., Rich, J. W. & Getch, Y.Q.  (2012). Career consultation and experiential learning in a classroom setting.  The Community College Enterprise, Fall, 18 (2), 101-111.

Parks, R. L. & Rich, J. W. (2013). Voices from the past:  Boomers transition back to college.  The SACRAO Journal, 26, 12-20.

Parks, R. L. & Rich, J. W. (2013).  The displaced student:  Responding to the higher education challenges imposed by Hurricane Katrina.  The SACRAO Journal, 26, 27-32.

Parks, R.L. & Elliott, J.  (2013, Spring). Thrive and survive: A primer for managers on how to motivate staff in an economic slump.  The SACRAO Newsletter, pp. 37.

Parks, R.L., Rich, J.W., Evans, B.A., & Getch, Y.Q. (2013). Motivations and enculturation of older students returning to a traditional university.

New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development.  Summer, 25, 3, pp. 62-75.  DOI: 10.1002/nha3.20031

Parks, R. L., Rich, J. W., & Hathcote, J. (2013).  Changes in academic rigor over time: A transformative learning approach to higher education.  In Developing and Sustaining Adult Learners.  AHEA Book Series Chapter 11.

Parks, R.L. & Elliott, J.  (2013, Summer). A Lesson from Academic Assessment: Transforming Staff Evaluations into Meaningful Tools.  The SACRAO Newsletter,pp. 37.

Parks, R.L. & Hayes, Z. H. (2013, Winter).  Don’t ask, don’t tell again?  Time for colleges to ask the question! Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling Newsletter, pp. 8.

Parks, R.L. & Edwards, A.D. (2014).  Transgenderism and the college experience: Transitioning challenges during higher education.  The SACRAO Journal, 26, 11-19.

Peer Reviewed Publications (In-Press):

Parks, R.L., Pikowsky, R., Hayes, Z., Gray, J. Seaver, K., and Zorka, A.  (2014).  From combat to classroom:  The challenges to getting back on track to complete a college degree.  In Helping Veterans Succeed:  A Resource for Higher Education Administrators.  Washington, DC:  AACRAO.

Parks, R.L. & Evans, B.A.  (2014). Vegetarian and vegan friendly campus?  Issues in attracting and supporting plant-based students in universities.  College and University, Spring.

Presentations

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, San Diego, CA, April 17-20, 2006.Session Title:  Do you really know your co-workers:  The hidden identity of sexual orientation.

Presenter at the National Conference on Students in Transition, Columbia, SC, November 8-10, 2008.  Session Title:  Non-traditional student success: Getting back in the game! 

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, New Orleans, LA, February 7-11, 2009.  Session Title:  “Out” but shadowed: Advocating for equality.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Chicago, IL, April 13-16, 2009.  Session Title:  Transformative learning:  Preparing students academically dismissed for five or more years to meet the changes in academic rigor at traditional higher education institutions.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Chattanooga, TN, February 7-11, 2010.  Session Title:  Help me help you: Professional and personal development through mentoring.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Chattanooga, TN, February 7-11, 2010.  Session Title:  15x More Possibilities: Managing new race and ethnicity requirements.

Presenter at the 5th Annual Professional Development Conference, Athens, GA February 19, 2010.  Session Title:  Socialnomics:  School counselor strategies to identify and address new challenges social media use may have on the LGBTQ community.

Presenter at the National Conference on Students in Transition, St. Louis, Missouri, October 8-10, 2011.  Session Title:  Career Consultation in the Classroom:  An Outcome study on the effects of combining a career course with graduate student-led career consultation.

Presenter at the 19th Georgia Conference on College and University Teaching, Kennesaw, Georgia, February 3-4, 2012.   Session Title:  Back to school:  Baby boomers in the classroom.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Northern Kentucky, February 11-15, 2012.  Session Title: Integrating disability into diversity.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Northern Kentucky, February 11-15, 2012.  Session Title:  Back to school:  Baby boomers return to the classroom.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Northern Kentucky, February 11-15, 2012.  Session Title:  Creating an equitable workplace for your LGBTQ Employee.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Northern Kentucky, February 11-15, 2012.  Session Title:  How to find a balance: Strategies towards advancing your career and education while maintaining performance.

Presenter at the 23rd Annual Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology & Geriatrics, Atlanta, Georgia, March 30 – 31, 2012.  Session Title:  Baby Boomers return to the classroom:  A qualitative study of students returning to a large traditional Southeastern Institution.

Presenter at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 1 – 4, 2012.  Session Title:  Creating equitable workplaces.

Presenter at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 1 – 4, 2012.  Session Title:  Making friends with Zuckerberg:  A conversation about the many paradoxes of higher education professionals.

Presenter at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 1 – 4, 2012.  Session Title:  Complete secure transcript and more.

Presenter at the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers Conference, Savannah, Georgia, October 7 – 9, 2012.  Session Title:  Making friends with Zuckerburg:  The highs and lows of being an overachiever.

Presenter at the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers Conference, Savannah, Georgia, October 7 – 9, 2012.  Session Title:  Best commencement practices.

Presenter at the National Conference on Students in Transition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 13 - 15, 2012.  Session Title:  Back-to-School:  Baby Boomers in the classroom.

Presenter at the National Conference on Students in Transition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 13 - 15, 2012.  Session Title:  From combat zone to the classroom:  Challenges to getting back “on-track” to completing a college degree.

Presenter at the Read.Write.Act 2012 Virtual Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, November 1 – 3, 2012.  Session Title:  The gorilla in the classroom:  Baby boomers and the negotiation of identity.     Prezi link:  http://prezi.com/ncfoofatzkhn/back-to-school-baby-boomers-in-the-classroom/

Presenter at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 4 – 9, 2012.  Session Title:  Changes in academic rigor over time: A transformative learning approach to higher education.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Northern Kentucky, February 2-6, 2013.  Session Title:  Changes in academic rigor over time:  A transformative learning approach to higher education.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Northern Kentucky, February 2-6, 2013.  Session Title:  Career consultation in the classroom:  An outcome study on the effects of combining a career course with individual graduate-led career consultation sessions.

Presenter at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, San Francisco, California, April 14 – 17, 2013.  Session Title:  From combat zone to the classroom:  Challenges to getting back “on-track” to completing a college degree.

Presenter at the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers Conference, Hiawasee, Georgia, October 13 – 15, 2013.  Session Title:  Creating an equitable workplace for your LGBTQ employees.

Presenter at the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers Conference, Hiawasee, Georgia, October 13 – 15, 2013.  Session Title:  Current trends and topics from the eTranscript world.

Presenter at the National Conference on Students in Transition, Atlanta, Georgia October 19-21, 2013.  Session Title:  Transgenderism and the college experience:  Transitioning challenges during higher education.

Presenter at the Annual Strategic Enrollment Management Conference Chicago, Illinois, November 10 – 13, 2013.  Session Title:  Vegetarian and vegan friendly campus? Issues in attracting and supporting plant-based students in universities.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Raleigh, North Carolina, February 16 – 19, 2014.  Session Title:  Riding a crazy horse to a burning stable: Adapting to the challenges of the next generation registrar.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Raleigh, North Carolina, February 16 – 19, 2014.  Session Title:  Transgenderism and the college experience.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Raleigh, North Carolina, February 16 – 19, 2014.  Session Title:  Vegetarian and vegan friendly campus?  Supporting plant-based students.

Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Raleigh, North Carolina, February 16 – 19, 2014.  Session Title:  Writing for publication.

Peer Reviewed Presentations (Accepted):

Presenter at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Denver, Colorado, April 14 – 17, 2014.  Session Title:  Dietary identities in higher education: Attracting and accommodating vegetarian and vegan students.

Presenter at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Denver, Colorado, April 14 – 17, 2014.  Session Title:  In their own words:  A narrative case study of transgenderism and the college experience.

Presenter at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Denver, Colorado, April 14 – 17, 2014.  Session Title:  Beyond the classroom:  Stackable credentials, experiential learning, and how institutions are adapting to the changing landscape of academic credentials.

 

Professional Activities

2014 SACRAO Newsletter Editor

2014 AACRAO Student Access and Equity Committee

2013 Parchment Advisory Board for Electronic Transcript Exchange

2013 American Council on Education (Military Programs) Faculty

2013 AACRAO Student Access and Equity Committee

2013 SACRAO Newsletter Editor

2012 SACRAO Executive Committee (Member at Large – Recognition and Awards)

2012 Program Committee Member for the National Conference on Students in Transition

2011 SACRAO Wisdom Committee Representative

2011 SACRAO Professional Access and Equity Committee Member

2010 SACRAO Professional Development Program Committee Chair

2010 ALGBTIC Member

2009 SACRAO Technology Committee Representative

2008 – 2011 Association for Specialist in Group Work

2008 – 2011 American School Counselor Association         

2002 – Present AACRAO General Member

2002 – Present SACRAO General Member

2002 – Present GACRAO General Member

Awards

2010 Blaux Award in Recognition of exemplary guidance to students

The 2013 Margaret Ruthven Perry Distinguished Journalism Award

The 2014 Margaret Ruthven Perry Distinguished Journalism Award