John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dr. John Wesley Lowery is an associate professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania . He previously served on the faculty at the   Oklahoma State University and coordinate the college student affairs program and higher education programs and at the University of South Carolina where he taught in and coordinated the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Program. He earned his doctorate at Bowling Green State University in Higher Education Administration. While at BGSU, John served in a variety of roles including Editorial Assistant for About Campus and Visiting Instructor for BGSU’s College Student Personnel Program. Before beginning his doctoral work in 1996, he was Director of Residence Life at Adrian College in Michigan and University Judicial Administrator at Washington University in St. Louis. 

In August 2009, John joined the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM) as an affiliated consultant. Founded in 2000, NCHERM is a law and consulting firm dedicated to best practices for campus health and safety. NCHERM emphasizes best practices for policy, training, and educational programming as proactive risk management. NCHERM specializes in advancing culture change strategies and problem-solving for the challenging wellness, compliance, and liability issues colleges and universities face today.

John has been very active in professional associations. He served as ASJA’s CAS Director for five years. He served as Board of Directors for both NASPA (2002-2004) and ASJA (1996-1999). He has previously chaired the ASJA’s Legislative Issues and Resolutions Committees as well as co-chairing the Interassociation Task Force on the National Baseline Study on Campus Sexual Assault. John also previously served on the Core Council on Outreach and Advocacy for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and on the directorate body of Commission 15: Campus Judicial Affairs and Legal Issues of ACPA.

John has a Masters degree in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina and his undergraduate degree in religious studies is from the University of Virginia. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to student affairs and higher education, particularly legislative issues and student judicial affairs. In recent years, John has presented at numerous national and regional conferences including, the American College Personnel Association, the Association for Student Judicial Affairs, Donald D. Gehring Campus Judicial Affairs Training Institute, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Stetson University Law and Higher Education Conference, and the University of Vermont’s Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference.

John currently serves on the Board of Contributors for About Campus. In 2005, he co-edited a special issue of the NASPA Journal on legal issues and judicial affairs. In addition, John has served as a Department Editor for About Campus, on the Editorial Board of the NASPA Journal, as a reviewer for the College Student Affairs Journal, and as Associate Editor of Synthesis: Law and Policy in Higher Education. He is the author numerous articles and book chapters.

Over his career, John has been honored by several professional organizations. In 2009, the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals of ACPA Recognized Dr. Lowery as the Outstanding Mention to Graduate Students. In 2007, he was recognized by the Higher Education Administration doctoral program at Bowling Green State University as the alumnus of year in “recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession through teaching, research, and service.” At the 2007 Association for Student Judicial Affairs Conference, he received the D. Parker Young Award for “outstanding ongoing scholarly research contributions to the fields of higher education and student judicial affairs.” At the American College Personnel Association’s 2005 meeting, he received the Tracy R. Teele Memorial Award from the Commission on Campus Judicial Affairs and Legal Issues for “outstanding contributions to the area of judicial affairs and legal issues.” The University of South Carolina Student Personnel Association recognized his contributions in the classroom awarding him the Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2006, an award which he had previously won in 2004 and 2001. He was invited to participate as a fellow in the 2003 Higher Education Law Roundtable sponsored by the University of Houston School of Law’s Institute on Higher Education Law and Governance (IHELG). In 2002, he was selected to participate in the American College Personnel Association’s Emerging Scholar Program. At the Association for Student Judicial Affairs’ 2001 conference, he received the association’s Distinguished Service Award for “exceptional service over time to ASJA.” In April 2000, he received the President’s Award Distinguished Service as a graduate student from Bowling Green State University. In 1999, John received the Student Contribution to the Higher Education Profession Award from the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs at BGSU and received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award from the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professional of ACPA. In 1997, he was the Graduate Student Case Study Competition sponsored ASJA. In 1996, he received an Annuit Coeptis Award for Emerging Professionals from ACPA and received the Outstanding Research in Judicial Affairs & Legal Issues Award from Commission XV: Campus Judicial Affairs & Legal Issues of ACPA. In 1993, he received the Outstanding New Professional in Judicial Affairs Award from ASJA. While a student at the University of South Carolina, John received the Dr. Gerald L. Saddlemire Outstanding Graduate Student Award from ACPA and South Carolina College Personnel Association’s Achievement Award.