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Jörg Vianden

Student Affairs Administration
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

I study college student persistence as well as men and masculinities in higher education. I am the author of Got Solidarity? Challenging Straight White College Men to Advocate for Social Justice, published by Routledge in 2020. 

Brief biography

I am originally from Germany but have spent nearly 30 years in the U.S. From 1999 to 2010 I served four different large public research institutions as a housing and residence life professional before moving to the faculty position at UWL. 


B.A. in English, Luther College, 1996
M.A. in Higher Education, The University of Iowa, 1999
Ed.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University, 2006


Teaching history

SAA 705: Higher Education Values, Philosophy, and History

SAA 765: Assessment in Student Affairs

SAA 780: Capstone Research & Proposal

SAA830: Qualitative Research Methods

Professional history

1999 - 2001: Hall Director, Iowa State University

2001 - 2006: Area Director, Indiana University

2006 - 2007: Associate Director Residence Life, University of Oregon

2007 - 2010: Associate Director for Academic Initiatives, University of Arkansas

2010 - 2014: Assistant Professor, UWL

2014 - 2019: Associate Professor, UWL

2017 - 2020: Department Chair, SAA, UWL

2020 - Present: Professor, UWL

Research and publishing

Halvorson, E., & Vianden, J. (Accepted). Professor Oppressors: College Classrooms as Spaces of Racist and Sexist Microaggressions. Submitted to the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 

Lozano. A., Vianden, J., & Kieler, P. (2021). "No, Teach Yourself!”: College Women’s Expectations for White Men’s Awareness of Privilege and Oppression. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 7(1), 14-45.

Vianden, J. (2020). “It's hard to speak up”: U.S. white college men discuss confronting racism, sexism, and homophobia. GMS Journal for Medical Education, 37(2), 1-15 . 

Vianden, J., & Gruber, C. (2020). “Es ist schwer, etwas dagegen zu sagen: “Lessons learned” aus Gesprächen mit weißen US-College-Männern über Rassismus. GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung, 37(2), 1–15. *German translation of above article*

Vianden, J. (2020). Got Solidarity? Challenging straight white men to advocate for social justice. New York, NY: Routledge. 

Vianden, J., Berry, M., & Svoboda, T. (2019). Challenging heterosexual White college men to engage in campus diversity efforts: An orientation imperative. Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention 26(1), 4-16. 

Vianden, J. (2018). "In all honesty, you don't learn much": White college men's perceptions of diversity requirements and instructors. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Vianden, J., & Yakaboski, T. (2017). Critical incidents of student satisfaction at German universities. International Journal of Educational Management, 31(7), 944-957.

Vianden, J., & Gregg. E. A. (2017). What's my responsibility? Undergraduate White men in sport management discuss increasing diversity in sport. Sport Management Education Journal, 11, 88-101.DOI:

Dalpra, A., & Vianden, J. (2017). “Two totally different people”: Dissonance of intersecting identities in White college women. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education. DOI: 10.1080/19407882.2017.1285791

Vianden, J. (2016). Ties that bind: Academic advisors as agents of student relationship management. NACADA Journal, 36(1), 19-29. 

Vianden, J., & Barlow, P. J. (2015). Strengthen the bond: Relationships between academic advising quality and undergraduate student loyalty. NACADA Journal 35(2), 15-27. [Link]

Vianden, J. (2015). What matters most in college to students: Exploring critical incidents in the student-university relationship. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 52(3), 287-299. [Link]

Svoboda, V., & Vianden, J. (2015). Challenging straight White college men (STR8WCM) to develop positive social justice advocacy. ACPA Developments, 12(4). [Link]

Vianden, J. (2014, Sept-Oct.). Mind the gap: Understanding and engaging cultural differences in the housing-faculty partnership. Talking Stick, 32(1), 32-40, 60-61 . [Link]

Anderson, R., & Vianden, J. (2014). Restrictive and adaptive masculine gender performance in in White gay college men. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51(3), 286-297. [Link]

Vianden, J., & Barlow, P. J. (2014). Showing the love: Predictors of student loyalty to undergraduate institutions. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51(1), 16-29. [Link]

Vianden, J., Kuykendall, J., Mock, R., & Korb, R. (2012). Exploring messages African American men receive about attending a predominantly White university. New York Journal of StudentAffairs, 12(2), 23-39. [Link]

Vianden, J. (2012). The critical incident technique in student affairs research and practice. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 49(3), 333-346. [Link]

Vianden, J., & Ruder, J.T. (2012). “Our best friend is moving away:” Exploring parent transitions involvement during their student’s first year in college. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 38(2), 62-76. [Link]

Vianden, J., & Smith, K. A. (2011). Unfamiliar territory: Faculty discomfort with interactions with students outside of class during out-of-class academic initiatives. New York Journal of Student Affairs, 11(2), 27-46. [Link]

Benjamin, M., & Vianden, J. (Eds.). (2011). Faculty and Housing Academic Partnerships Theme Issue. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 38(1). [Link]

Stafford, A., Freeman, J. P., & Vianden, J. (2010, May). Helping college men transcend the “Boy Problem” in higher education: A call to union and activities professionals [Feature]. The Bulletin, 78(3), 28-35.

Vianden, J. (2009). Exploring college men’s perceptions about interacting with faculty beyond the classroom. Journal of College Student Affairs, 27(2), 224-241. [Link]



Nicole Gullekson, Christa Kiersch and Christine Manno, all Management; Erica Srinivasan, Psychology; and Jörg Vianden, Student Affairs; co-authored the article "Exploring the Differential Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Employees with Disabilities: A Call for Organizational Action" in Sociation published on March 22 by North Carolina Sociological Association.

Submitted on: Mar. 30



Adele Lozano and Jörg Vianden, both Student Affairs Administration and Paige (Kieler) Hendricks, University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-authored the article "No, Teach Yourself!": College Women's Expectations for White Men's Awareness of Privilege and Oppression" in the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity published on June 1 by JCSCORE , Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, University of Oklahoma Outreach. The purpose of this qualitative study is to center and raise the experiences of women students, and to communicate to men who are students, faculty, and administrators what women students expect from them in terms of privilege and oppression awareness. Findings indicate that women students felt criticized, judged, and underestimated by men, and expected men to self-educate to become aware of and interrogate their own privileges. The authors provide recommendations for higher education teaching and learning, focusing on attitudes and behaviors of White men in the academy.

Submitted on: June 4, 2021