Dr. Jon Dooley has served as Vice President for Student Life at Elon University since June 2017. In this role, he is the chief student affairs officer for the university and serves on the president’s senior staff. He is responsible for all aspects of student life at the university, including 14 departments that provide student services, programs, and experiences that support student learning and a thriving campus community.
Jon has been with the university since 2014, previously serving as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Campus Life, with responsibility for several offices and university initiatives for diversity and inclusion, service learning and civic engagement, and living and learning at Elon.
As an associate professor of education, Jon regularly teaches courses at the university, currently in the Master’s of Higher Education program, and previously in the undergraduate Core Curriculum. Throughout his career he has served as an instructor for graduate and undergraduate courses in leadership, diversity and inclusion, and college student personnel administration. His research and writing interests include service learning and civic engagement, leadership development, inclusive excellence, and student affairs in higher education.
Prior to his arrival at Elon, Jon held administrative leadership roles at Marquette University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with oversight and supervision for a variety of student affairs functional areas, including leadership development, student activities and organizations, student government advising, fraternity/sorority life, music programs, and student affairs assessment.
Jon is a frequent presenter at national student affairs conferences, serves as a co-lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, and is a former chair of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Board of Directors. He is currently the treasurer for NASPA Region III, chair-elect of the NACA Foundation Board of Trustees, and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
Jon received a B.A. in history and social studies education from St. Norbert College (WI), an M.Ed. in counseling psychology (college student personnel administration) from James Madison University (VA) and a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University (WI). He is a Wisconsin native, currently living in Burlington, NC with his wife Stacie, Director of Student Life for the Elon Law School, and their two children.