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 provides leadership for all aspects of student life at the university, including 15 departments responsible for student services, programs, and experiences that support student learning, mentoring relationships, and a thriving campus community.
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 in 2014, 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. He is a frequent presenter at national student affairs conferences, served as a co-lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, and is a former chair of both the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Board of Directors and the NACA Foundation Board of Trustees. He is currently the treasurer for NASPA Region III.
Jon received a B.A. in history and social studies education from St. Norbert College, an M.Ed. in counseling psychology (college student personnel administration) from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University. He is originally from Wisconsin and currently lives in Burlington, NC with his wife Stacie, Assistant Dean of Career and Student Development for the Elon Law School, and their two children.