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Ryan Van Dusen, Ph.D.

Dr. Ryan Van Dusen has worked in higher education since 2002. He has held positions in student activities, residential life, student conduct, and veterans services at Independence (KS) Community College, New Mexico State University, and Texas Tech. He currently is the Assistant Director of Military & Veterans Programs at Texas Tech University. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Van Dusen served in the U.S. Army from 1998-2002 as a 19K (Armor Crewman) and achieved the rank of Sergeant (E5). He was stationed at Ft. Riley, KS and Camp Casey, South Korea.

Dr. Van Dusen earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Communications Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Van Dusen completed his PhD in Higher Education at Texas Tech University. The title of his dissertation was "A Quantitative Study of Student Veterans' Intent to Persist." Dr. Van Dusen's research interests include veterans in higher education, nontraditional student retention, and leadership in higher education.

Dr. Van Dusen is married and has two daughters. He spends most of his free time with his family. He is a huge fan of the Red Raiders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Texas Rangers, and Houston Texans.