IA Faculty Wins Prestigious Housing Award

Published by Talking Stick: The Authoritative Source for Campus Housing
The Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I)
March + April 2020 Issue

The UF Innovation Academy is pleased to share that Dr. Diane “DP” Porter-Roberts, Academic Coordinator, received the S. Earl Thompson Award presented by the ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers - International). This award recognizes an individual who is not directly related to ACUHO-I, but who has made a significant contribution to the campus housing field through his or her efforts. We congratulate DP on this well-deserved award!

When Diane “DP” Porter-Roberts speaks to students and describes the effect that decisions made early in college can have later in life, she uses herself as an example. Her decision to apply for an RA position at age 18 was life-altering, as she would end up spending almost half of her life working and actually living in campus housing. It led to her current career, lifelong friendships, her spouse, and even her son, whose first home was a residence hall apartment.

Porter-Roberts currently serves as the academic coordinator for the Innovation Academy at the University of Florida. She has held positions in the UF College of Education as a faculty member and coordinator of the Student Personnel in Higher Education graduate program. Earlier, she worked with UF’s Department of Housing and Residence Education as the associate director of housing for student learning and engagement and was also a faculty-in-residence. Porter-Roberts holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida and is also a three-time graduate of Appalachian State University. Her research interests include college student transition, engagement, and success; student learning outcomes assessment; living-learning communities; competencies of student affairs professionals; and the power of humor, creativity, and play in our lives.

Her work has been an influence on the ACUHO-I community for many years. The Association has benefited from her contributions as a two-time host committee co-chair, conference program presenter, contributor to Learning Reconsidered 2, and service to several committees. She has authored chapters in ACUHO-I’s Campus Housing Management book series and two editions of Advice for Advisors. She co-authored the national study of advisor responsibilities, along with the corresponding article published in The Journal of College and

University Student Housing, for which she served as an associate editor for six years. Finally, her doctoral research on housing officer competencies was utilized in revising the curriculum for the James C. Grimm National Housing Training Institute and later adapted for the online course “A Competency Development and Assessment Toolkit for Hall Directors.”

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"I was completely shocked when I received the phone call informing me of my award. All of the work I've done in the past and continue to do, I do for students...to help them be successful.  I am truly honored that someone thought it was award-worthy, especially from an organization like ACUHO-I."