Alyssa N. Rockenbach

Professor of Higher Education, North Carolina State University

Alyssa N. Rockenbach is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with an interest in the effects of college environments and experiences on student learning; religious and worldview diversity issues in higher education; intergroup dynamics, cooperation, and attitudes; young adult psychosocial development; and equity issues in education and society. Her research projects, supported by more than $14.5 million in grants and contracts, have examined students’ religious and spiritual development during college, the effects of campus diversity climates on student outcomes, and campus equity issues for women and LGBTQ students. In addition, she is co-Principal Investigator of a five-year national study, The Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), which explores how educational experiences affect college students’ capacity to engage and cooperate with people of diverse worldviews.

Dr. Rockenbach has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters, reports and monographs, and other scholarly works, and she has delivered more than ninety refereed and invited presentations at national conferences and other professional gatherings. Her work has also been featured in media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Huffington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. She is co-author of the 2016 book, How College Affects Students: 21st Century Evidence that Higher Education Works, a synthesis of over 1,800 research studies of college impact conducted from 2002 to 2013, and she co-edited the 2012 volume, Spirituality in College Students’ Lives: Translating Research Into Practice.

Dr. Rockenbach serves on five editorial boards, including the boards of Research in Higher Education and Journal of Higher Education, and has been honored with numerous awards, including the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion, and Meaning Outstanding Research Award and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Religion & Education SIG Emerging Scholar Award. She was named a University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Rockenbach advises master’s and doctoral students, and is a student-centered teacher with expertise in teaching quantitative and qualitative research methods; diversity and social justice issues in education and society; and college student learning and psychosocial development. She received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.


  • –present
    Professor of Higher Education, North Carolina State University


  • 2004 
    University of California, Los Angeles, Education