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Heather L. Servaty-Seib, PhD, HSPP

Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

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Assistant: Shelly Dunk

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Heather L. Servaty-Seib

Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Counseling Psychology

Dr. Servaty-Seib is the associate vice provost for teaching and learning at Purdue University. She is a professor of Counseling Psychology in the College of Education with specialization in the field of thanatology (i.e., the study of death and dying) including late adolescent/young adults grief, suicidal ideation, and social support offered to the bereaved. She co-edited Assisting Bereaved College Students, a higher education resource, and We Get It, a book of narratives by grieving college students. Her scholarship has supported the development of college student grief absence policies at Purdue and other U.S. institutions. Dr. Servaty-Seib and her grief and loss research team developed the Perceived Impact of Life Event Scale, a measure that uses the gain/loss framework (i.e., all life events involve both gains and losses) to assess the multidimensional impact of single life events. Her engaged research has been supported by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Lumina Foundation, and the John W. Anderson Foundation. Dr. Servaty-Seib was selected to serve as the lead editor of the most recent edition of the Handbook of Thanatology.

As a faculty member, Dr. Servaty-Seib has been active in service-learning as a powerful form of pedagogy receiving department, college, university (i.e., service-learning fellow), and state awards (i.e., Indiana Campus Compact). She is also a recipient of Association for Death Education and Counseling-Death Educator of the Year award. With counseling and development colleagues, she coordinated the development of the Certificate in Collaborative Leadership, open to all Purdue undergraduates. Dr. Servaty-Seib served two terms on the University Senate and was pivotal in the establishment of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion standing committee.

In her current role as associate vice provost of teaching and learning, Dr. Servaty-Seib works most directly with the teaching and learning units focused on student success, academic advising, exploratory studies, and career success. She is also engaged in efforts to expand effective use of student data to inform teaching and learning practices.

She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of North Texas and completed her undergraduate studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.