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Haynes, Cliff

Cliff HaynesClinical Assistant Professor
School of Human Development & Organizational Studies in Education

College of Education
University of Florida
291 Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611

Research Biography

Dr. Cliff Haynes is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration/Student Personnel in Higher Education. He serves as the program coordinator for the online Student Personnel in Higher Education program. Dr. Haynes teaches courses related to historical and contemporary issues in higher education, student affairs administration and leadership, and qualitative research methods.

His research interests focus on the student experience outside of the classroom. Three sub-themes define his research: living-learning programs, the graduate student experience, and student affairs at community colleges. Earlier positivist studies have used quantitative methods to examine the benefits for students in out-of-class experiences, and his research helps address this gap in the literature by using qualitative methodology to further explore these experiences.

Dr. Haynes’s work has been published in respected journals such as the Journal of College and University Housing, International Journal of Doctoral Studies, and the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. He has served on editorial/review boards of several journals, including Journal of College and University Student Housing, Journal of College and Character, College Student Affairs Journal, and The Qualitative Report.

Before beginning his role as a faculty member, Dr. Haynes spent eleven years as a student affairs administrator. In addition to his professional roles at the University of Florida and Texas State University – San Marcos, Dr. Haynes served a three-year term as program co-chair for the ACUHO-I Living Learning Programs Conference and was elected to a two-year term as the SAACURH NRHH Regional Advisor.


Ph.D., Higher Education Administration with a minor in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodology – University of Florida

M.A.Ed., Higher Education and Student Affairs – Virginia Tech

B.A., Communication with a minor in Political Science – University of Arkansas

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Student Engagement Specialist – Housing & Residence Education, University of Florida

Academic Initiatives Specialist – Housing & Residence Education, University of Florida

Coordinator of Academic Residential Programs – Housing & Residence Education, University of Florida

Residence Hall Director – Texas State University – San Marcos

Courses Taught


  1. History of American Higher Education (EDH 6931)
  2. Crisis Management in Higher Education (EDH 6637)
  3. The College Student (EDH 6931)
  4. Theoretical Frameworks of College Student Success in Higher Education (EDH 6931)

Online, Asynchronous

  1. Foundations and Functions of College Student Personnel (EDH 6360)
  2. American Higher Education (EDH 6066)
  3. Crisis Management in Higher Education (EDH 6637)
  4. Seminar in Student Personnel [Capstone course] (EDH 6935)
  5. Practicum in Student Personnel (EDH 6947)
  6. Student Affairs Administration (EDH 7634)

Online Hybrid (meets online throughout semester and in-person 2-3 times a semester)

  1. American Higher Education (EDH 6066)
  2. Student Affairs Administration (EDH 7634)
  3. The College Student (EDH 6931)
  4. Research Proposal (EDH 6931)

Activities and Honors

Editorial Board, The Journal of College and Character

Editorial Board, The College Student Affairs Journal

Reviewer, The Journal of College and University Student Housing

Reviewer, The Qualitative Report

Selected Publications

Refereed Articles

Lamb, C.*, Uong, J.*, Haynes, C., Coley, E.*, Valdes, L.*, & Wendel, D.* (2017). Trial and error: How student affairs staff in community colleges learn to supervise. Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Advance online publication. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2017.1343690

Haynes, C., & Janosik, S. M. (2012). Faculty and staff benefits from involvement in living-learning programs. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 38(2), 32-45. Retrieved from http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/acuho/journal_vol39no1/index.php#/34

Haynes, C., Bulosan, M., Citty, J., Harris, M. G., Hudson, J., & Koro-Ljungberg, M. (2012). My world is not my doctoral program…or is it?: Female students’ perceptions of well-being. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 7, 1-17. Retrieved from http://ijds.org/Volume7/IJDSv7p001-017Haynes329.pdf

Peer-Reviewed Program Spotlights

Haynes, C. (2014). Learning Space Spotlight: University of Florida’s ROTC Living-Learning Community (LLC) Classroom & Community Room. Journal of Learning Spaces, 3(1). Retrieved from http://libjournal.uncg.edu/index.php/jls/article/view/916/607

*indicates student status at time of publication

Selected Presentations

Haynes, C., Garcia, J. J.*, Hall, J.*, Listau, M.*, Owens, C.*, Saunders, M.*, Schmitt, K.*, Thomas, S.*, Torres-Pintos, S.*, & Vander Biezen, J.* (2017, May). Using assessment findings to improve practice. Presentation at the Association of Florida Colleges 50th Annual Student Development Commission Conference, Pasco-Hernando State College, Wesley Chapel, FL.

Haynes, C. (2017, January). Developing qualitative research posters. Presentation presented at The Qualitative Report 8th Annual Conference, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Haynes, C., & Waltrip, L. (2016, November). Being an e-professor: Lessons learned from teaching online graduate courses. Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) regional conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Haynes, C. (2016, October). Creating a competency-based professional development plan. Presentation at the 2016 NASPA-FL Drive-in Conference, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Haynes, C. (2015, March). Keeping campus protests educational: Implications from crisis management. Research poster session presented at the NASPA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Haynes, C. (2015, March). “It’s the people not the building”: Engineering LLC peer interaction. Research poster session presented at the 2015 ACPA Annual Convention, Tampa, FL.

*indicates student status at time of presentation