Professor and Chair, Department of Higher Education
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Laurie Schreiner is currently professor and chair of the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University in southern California, having spent 37 years in higher education as a psychology professor and associate academic dean after receiving her PhD in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. An award-winning teacher and researcher, her most recent work on college student thriving has studied over 50,000 students from 150 universities across the US, Canada, and Australia and has led to numerous publications as well as the edited book entitled Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to Student Success. Schreiner is author of the Thriving Quotient, an instrument designed to assess the malleable intellectual, interpersonal, and psychological qualities associated with student success in college. In addition to her research on thriving college students, Dr. Schreiner is co-author of The Student Satisfaction Inventory that is used on over 1,600 campuses across the US and Canada and has conducted significant research on the sophomore experience. She is co-author of Helping Sophomores Succeed (2010) and Investigating Sophomore Success (2015), as well as Sophomore Success: Making the Most of the Second Year of College (2018). She is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Christian Higher Education, serves on the editorial board of About Campus, and has consulted with over 150 colleges and universities on issues of student success and thriving, the sophomore year experience, strengths-based education, retention, academic advising, student satisfaction, and effective teaching strategies.