College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Michael Stebleton

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Michael Stebleton

Areas of interest

College student success factors
Career development
College student development
Persistence and retention issues of underserved student populations


Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, work, community, family education (WCFE), emphasis on adult education
M.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP)
B.A. summa cum honors, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, child psychology



My current studies focus on understanding the experiences of first-generation and immigrant college students, including food insecurity issues and the impact of career courses on career planning and career decision-making. I teach in the First Year Experience (First Year Inquiry) and at the graduate level in Higher Education.  I am also the Honors faculty liaison for CEHD students. My publications appear in a variety of academic journals, including the Career Development Quarterly, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Employment Counseling, and the Journal of College and Character.

Courses taught

EDHD 1525W—First Year Inquiry: Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing
Study Abroad in Denmark
OLPD 2811—Societies of the Future: The Changing Workplace
OLPD 5033—Foundations of Individual/Organizational Career Development
OLPD 5703—College Student Mental Health and Wellbeing
OLPD 5709—Critical Issues in Higher Education


National Career Development Assocation (NCDA) Merit Award (2017)

Professional affiliations

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
National Career Development Association (NCDA)


Potts, C., & Stebleton, M. J. (2023). Behind the digital mask: Examining social media and masculinity. About Campus, 0(0), 10864822231195574. Online Advance Publication.

McGuire, C. M., Stebleton, M. J., Lenk, K. M., Lust, K., Porta, C. M., & Laska, M. N. (2023). Trade-offs faced by 2-and 4-year college students experiencing food insecurity: An analysis of qualitative data. American Journal of Health Promotion, 0(0), 08901171231184074. Online First Publication.

Stebleton, M. J., & Ho, C. (2023). Career development is everyone’s responsibility: Envisioning educators as career influencers. Journal of College and Character, 24(3), 189-196.

McGuire, C.M., Stebleton, M., Lenk, K., Lust, K., Porta, C., Laska, M. (2023). Trade-offs faced by 2- and 4-year college students experiencing food insecurity: An analysis of qualitative data. Accepted for publication by the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Buford, M., Sharp, M. J., & Stebleton, M. J. (Eds.). (2023). Mapping the future of undergraduate career education: Equitable career learning, development, and preparation for a new world of work. Routledge.

Stebleton, M. J., Kaler, L. S., & Potts, C. (2022). “Am I even going to be well-liked in person?”: First-year students’ social media use, sense of belonging, and mental health. Journal of College and Character, 23(3), 210-226.

 Jehangir, R. R., Stebleton, M. J., & Collins, K. (2022). STEM stories: Fostering STEM persistence for underrepresented minority (URM) students attending Predominantly White Institutions. Journal of Career Development,  50(1), 87-103.

 Stebleton, M.J. (2021). Stories to craft: Applying narrative competencies to student affairs. Journal of College and Character22(2), 171-178.

Kaler, L.S., & Stebleton, M.J. (2020). Graduate student mental health: Examining an overlooked concern. Journal of Student Affairs, 29, 101-110. 

Stebleton, M.J., & Kaler, L.S. (2020). Preparing college students for the end of work: The role of meaning. Journal of College and Character21(2), 132-139. https://doi:10.1080/2194587X.2020.1741396

Stebleton, M.J., Lee, C.K., & Diamond, K.K. (2020). Understanding the Food Insecurity Experiences of College Students: A Qualitative Inquiry. The Review of Higher Education 43(3), 727-752. https://doi:10.1353/rhe.2020.0005.

Stebleton, M.J., Kaler, L.S., Diamond, K.K., & Lee, C. (2020). Examining career readiness in a liberal arts undergraduate career planning course. Journal of Employment Counseling, 57(1), 14-26.

Stebleton, M.J., & Jehangir, R.R. (2020). A call for career educators to re-commit to serving first-generation and immigrant college students: Introduction to special issue. Journal of Career Development, 47(1), 3-10. doi: 10.1177/0894845319884126.

Stebleton, MJ, & Jehangir, R. (2020).  Special Issue in Journal of Career Development.  Supporting the career-life trajectories of first-generation, immigrant students across educational contexts.

Kaler, L.S., Stebleton, M.J., & Potts, C. (2020). “It makes me feel even worse”: Empowering first-year women to reconsider social media’s impact on mental health. About Campus, 24(6), 10-17. doi: 10.1177/1086482219899650

Diamond, K.K., Stebleton, M.J., & delMas, R.C. (2019). Exploring the relationship between food insecurity and mental health in an undergraduate student population. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/19496591.2019.1679158

Stebleton,M.J., Franklin, M., Lee,C., & Kaler,L.S. (2019). Not Just for Undergraduates: Examining a University Narrative-Based Career Management Course for Engineering Graduate Students. Canadian Journal of Career Development 18(2), 64-77.

Stebleton, M.J. (2019). Moving beyond passion: Why “do what you love” advice for college students needs reexamination. Journal of College and Character20(2), 163-171. doi: 10.1080/2194587X.2019.1591289

Stebleton, M. J., & Stumne, J. (2019, in press).  First-generation college students, career  development, and international education:  Opportunities for study abroad  educators to make an impact. Career Integration:  Reviewing the Impact of Experience Abroad on Employment, vol. III.   (Accepted for publication)

Diamond, K.K., & Stebleton, M.J. (2019). The science identity experiences of undergraduate, foreign-born immigrant women in stem at U.S. institutions. Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education, 1-23. doi: 10.1080/19407882.2019.1568265

Stebleton, M. J., Diamond, K. K., & Rost-Banik, C. (2018). Experiences of foreign-born immigrant, undergraduate women at a U.S. institution and influences on career–life planning. Journal of Career Development, 0(0), Published OnLine First. doi: 10.1177/0894845318763924

Stebleton, M. J., & Diamond, K. K. (2018). Advocating for career development and exploration as a high-impact practice for first-year students. Journal of College and Character, 19(2), 160-166. doi: 10.1080/2194587X.2018.1445646

Stebleton M. J., Rost-Banik, C., Greene, E., & DeAngelo, L. (2017). "Trying to be accepted": Exploring foreign-born immigrants' interactions with faculty and practitioners. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 54(4), 357-370.

Diamond, K., & Stebleton, M. J. (2017). “Do you understand what it means to be hungry?” Food insecurity on campus and the role of higher education professionals. The Mentor.

Jehangir, R. R., Stebleton, M. J., & Deenanath, V. (2015). An exploration of intersecting identities of first-generation, low-income college students (Research Report No. 5). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. 

Stebleton, M. J., & Aleixo, M. B. (2015). Examining undocumented Latino/a student interactions with faculty and institutional agents. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. 14(3), 256-273. doi: 10.1177/1538192715574097

Stebleton, M. J., & Aleixo, M. B. Black African immigrant college students' perceptions of belonging at a Predominately White Institution (PWI). Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition (Vol. 28.1, April 2016).

Stebleton, M. J. (2016). Challenging students to become reasonable adventurers. About Campus, 21(4), 14-21. doi: 10.1002/abc.21246

DuRose, L. M., & Stebleton, M. J. (2015). Lost in translation: Helping students articulate the value of liberal education. Journal of College and Character, 17(4), 271-277.

Stebleton, M. J., Soria, K. M., & Huesman, R. L. (2014). Recent immigrant college students at research universities: The relationship between campus climate and sense of belonging. Journal of College Student Development, 55(2), 196-202.

Stebleton, M. J., Soria, K. M., & Huesman, R. L. (2014). First-generation students' sense of belonging, mental health, and use of counseling services at public research universities. Journal of College Counseling, 17(1), 6-20.

Stebleton, M. J., Soria, K., M., & Cherney, B. T. (2013). The high impact of education abroad: College students' engagement in international experiences and the development of intercultural competencies. Frontiers Journal: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 22, 1-24.

Stebleton, M. J. (2013). Overview of NEO Personality Inventory-3. In C. Wood & D. G. Hays (Eds.). A counselor's guide to career assessment instruments. (6th ed., pp. 391-396). Broken Arrow, OK: National Career Development Association.


Stebleton, M. J., Jehangir, R., & Do, T. (2022, June 27). A place at the table: Examining the experiences of Women of Color in undergraduate STEM majors [Conference session]. National Career Development Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, United States.

Marcy, B., & Stebleton, M. J. (2022, April). “I wish my advisor had been more proactive”: Examining doctoral students’ interactions with faculty advisors. Paper presentation at AERA Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Potts, C., & Stebleton, M. J. (2018, March). Digital masculinity: Social media’s influence on undergraduate college men. Research presentation at NASPA national conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Franklin, M., & Stebleton, M. J. (2018, January). Building evidence through single-session narrative practice, and career courses. Session presented at Cannexus18 career conference. Ottawa, Canada.

Stebleton, M. J., & Diamond, K. K. (2017, November). Examining the dynamics of food insecurity on campus: A mixed methods approach. Session presented at Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) national conference, Houston, TX.

Stebleton, M. J., & Franklin, M. (2017, June). Positive impact of career courses: International case studies to empower your teaching and practice. Session presented at National Career Development Association (NCDA) global conference, Orlando, FL.

Stebleton, M. J. (2017, June). The reasonable adventurer approach to career-life planning. Session presented at National Career Development Association (NCDA) global conference, Orlando, FL.

Stebleton, M. J., Stumne, J., & Vu, B. (2017, June). Fostering persistence and career development for first-generation students at US institutions. Session presented at National Career Development NCDA global conference, Orlando, FL.

Diamond, K. & Stebleton, M. J. (2016, November). Finding a place in STEM: The experiences of undergraduate, foreign-born immigrant women. Session presented at  Session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Columbus, OH.

Stebleton, M. J., & DuRose, L. (2016, April). Lost in translation: Preparing students to articulate the meaning of a college degree. Session presented at Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA), Minneapolis, MN.

Stebleton, M. J., DeAngelo, L., Aleixo, M., & Schuster, M. (2015, March). Facilitating belonging: Immigrant students and the impact of faculty and institutional agent interactions on sense of belonging. Paper presented at the annual meeting of NASPA, New Orleans, LA.

DeAngelo, L., Ramirez, J. J., Stebleton, M., & Lightner, Q. (2014, November). Building Educational Success: The Influence of Family and Aspirational Capital on the Academic Resiliency of Foreign-born Immigrant Latino/a College Students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Washington, DC.

Stebleton, M. J., & DeAngelo, L. (2014, March). In search of belonging: Exploring immigrant college students' experiences at large, 4-year universities. Session presented at NASPA National Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Stebleton, M. J., & DeAngelo, L. (2014, February). Meeting the needs and issues of immigrant college students. Roundtable discussion presented at First-Year Experience National Conference, San Diego, CA.

Stebleton, M. J., & Aleixo, M. B. (2013, November). In search of belonging: Exploring immigrant college students' experiences at 4-year universities. Session presented at MCPA Regional Conference, Rochester, MN.

Stebleton, M. J. & Aleixo, M. B. (2013, March). Space matters:  Immigrant college students’ perceptions of belonging at Predominately White Institutions (PWIs). Session presented at ACPA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Buturian, L., Stebleton, M. J. (2013, February). The changing story: Engaging first-year students and fostering social change through digital storytelling. Session presented at The First-Year Experience National Conference, Orlando, FL.