Faculty Directory

Heather Rowan-Kenyon

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Higher Education

Program Director, Higher Education M.A. and Ph.D. Programs


ELHE Educational Leadership & Higher Education


  •  Savitz-Romer, M., Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Nicola, T.P., Carroll, S., & Hecht, L. (2020). Expanding support beyond the virtual classroom: Lessons and recommendations from school counselors during the COVID-19 crisis. Harvard Graduate School of Education & Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development. http://hgse.me/schoolcounselors-covid19
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., & McCready, A.M. (2020).  Civic Engagement. In M.E. David & M.J. Amey (Eds.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Higher Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Savitz-Romer, M., & Rowan-Kenyon, H.T. (2020).  Noncognitive skills, college success and career readiness: What matters and to whom? About Campus, 25(1), 4-13https://doi.org/10.1177/1086482220906161
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Martínez Alemán, A. M, & Savitz-Romer, M. (2018).  Technology and engagement: Making technology work for first generation college students. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. See Technology and Engagement  featured on Boston College Libraries: Faculty Publication Highlights>>
  • Radimer, S.*, & Rowan-Kenyon, H.T. (2019). Undergraduate men's alcohol consumption: Masculine norms, ethnic identity, and social dominance orientation. Journal of College Student Development, 60, 1-16.DOI: 10.1353/csd.2019.0000
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Knight, S.*, McCready, A.* (2018). Setting the Stage: Pre-trip Preparation for Short-term Immersion Programs.Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/19496591.2018.1506792
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Savitz-Romer, M., Ott, M.W., Swan, A., and Liu, P. (2017).  Finding conceptual coherence: Trends and alignment in the scholarship on noncognitive skills and their role in college success and career readiness. Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 32, 141-179.
  • Gin, K. J., Martínez-Alemán, A. M., Rowan-Kenyon, H. T., & Hottel, D. (2017). Social media and racialized aggressions on campus. Journal of College Student Development, 58(2), 159-174.
  • Hottell, D., Martinez-Aleman, A., & Rowan-Kenyon, H.T. (2017). Summer bridge program 2.0: Using social media to leverage student’ campus capital.  In Miller, M.A. (ed.), College teaching and learning for change: Students and faculty speak out. New York: Routledge.
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., & Martínez-Alemán, A.M. with Gin, K. Blakeley, B., Gismondi, A., Lewis, J., McCready, A., & Zepp, D., Knight, S. (2016).  Social Media in higher education. ASHE Higher Education Report: Volume 42, Number 5.  San Francisco: John Wiley.
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Blanchard, R.D., Swan, A.K., & Reed, B.D. (2016).  Predictors of low-SES student persistence in college. Paradoxes of the Democratization of Higher Education: Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, 22, 97-125.  Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Coso, A., Swan, A.K. & Bailey, R., Creager, M. F. (2012).  The role of gender in student perceptions of leadership on interdisciplinary engineering teams.  Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 18, 97-114.
  • Soldner, M., Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Inkelas, K. K., Garvey, J., & Robbins, C. (2012). Supporting students’ intentions to persist in STEM disciplines: The role of living-learning programs among other social-cognitive factors. The Journal of Higher Education, 83, 311-336.  
  • Jones, S.R., Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Ireland, S. M.*, Niehaus, E.*, & Skendall, K. C.* (2012). The meaning students make as participants in short-term immersion programs.  Journal of College Student Development, 53, 201-220.
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Swan, A.*, & Shoffner, M. (2012). Social cognitive factors, support and engagement: Early adolescents’ math interests as precursors to choice of career. Career Development Quarterly, 60, 1-14.
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., & Niehaus, E.* (2011).  One year later: The influence of short-term study abroad experiences on students.  Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 48,213-228. Submitted June 3, 2010. 
  • Rowan-Kenyon, Perna, L.W., Swan, A.* (2011).  Restructuring opportunity: The role of school context in shaping high school students’ occupational aspirations. Career Development Quarterly, 59, 330-344. 
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Bell, A., & Perna, L.W. (2008). Contextual influences on parental involvement in college going: Variations by socioeconomic class.  Journal of Higher Education, 79, 564-586.
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., Soldner, M., & Inkelas, K.K.  (2008).  The contributions of living-learning programs on developing sense of civic engagement in undergraduate students. NASPA Journal, 44, 750-778.
  • Rowan-Kenyon, H.T., (2007).  Predictors of Delayed College Enrollment and the Impact of Socioeconomic Status.  Journal of Higher Education, 78, 188-214.