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Dr. Holley A. Belch

  • Holly Belch



    Stouffer Hall, Room 212

    Mailing Address

    Stouffer Hall, Room 206
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705

    E-mail Address






    Formal Education

    • BS, Springfield College - History and Psychology
    • MA, Bowling Green State University - College Student Personnel
    • PhD, Bowling Green State University - Educational Administration and Supervision/Higher Education Administration

    Professional Experience and Interests

    Holly Belch’s interest in working in student affairs began as an undergraduate where she served as a resident assistant and designed an internship in graduate admissions. While pursuing a master’s degree at Bowling Green State University, she was an assistant hall director at the University of Toledo (Ohio). Upon completion of her degree, she worked as an assistant dean in residence at Siena College (New York), where she also held a quarter-time appointment in the counseling center. In 1984, Belch accepted a position as assistant dean of students/director of student activities at Babson College (Massachusetts). During her four years at Babson College, Belch served as director of orientation, assistant to the vice president, and associate dean of students.

    She pursued an interest in teaching when she returned to Bowling Green State University in 1988 to work on a doctoral degree. In 1991 she accepted a position as an assistant professor and coordinator of the college student personnel program at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. After two years at SIU–C, Belch accepted a position at Arizona State University in 1993 coordinating the research and evaluation efforts in student affairs.

    With a strong desire to return to the faculty role, Belch joined the SAHE department as a faculty member in 1999. Her research interests focus on students with disabilities and specifically psychiatric disabilities, the recruitment and retention of entry-level housing professionals, and the issues and concerns of middle managers in student affairs. Belch has published several journal articles in leading publications in our field and authored several book chapters. She was a guest editor of a New Directions for Student Services sourcebook on students with disabilities (Jossey-Bass), has served on the editorial board of the Journal of College Student Development, the NASPA Journal Editorial Board, and served as an associate editor of ACPA’s Books and Media Board. Belch has been an invited presenter at the Postsecondary Disability Institute, ACUHO-I’s National Convention, the NACA National Convention, and the MACUHO Regional Conference.

    See Holly Belch's Vita.