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Suzanne McCray

Suzanne McCray

Associate Professor of Higher Education

Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions

Enrollment Services and Admissions

(EMSP)-Enrollment Management Support

Phone: 479-575-4883

Fax: (479) 575-7515

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An associate professor in the Higher Education program, Suzanne McCray also serves as the Vice Provost for Enrollment Services (which includes Admissions, Financial Aid and Academic Scholarships, Graduation and Retention, Nationally Competitive Awards, Registrar) and the Dean of Admissions.  She directs the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards as well.

As the director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, she has advised hundreds of University of Arkansas students concerning scholarship and graduate school applications. For three years, she served on the national program review committee for the Coca-Cola Scholarship, and she is currently completing a third term on the national selection committee for the Morris Udall Scholarship and her second on the Critical Language Scholarship review panel.

Dr. McCray has been an active member of the College Board and is currently serving on the Southwestern Regional Council and the national Advanced Placement Higher Education Advisory Council.  She has been an active member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors as well, serving as its president from 2003-2005, and has published five edited books on the student experience and nationally competitive awards. She is currently serving on a state-wide task force on college affordability and is also an active member of several admissions and enrollment management organizations including the SEC Enrollment Managers Group, serving as chair from 2012-2013.

  • the student experience and nationally competitive awards
  • advising ethics
  • enrollment management issues
  • strategic enrollment management
  • trends in higher education
  • internships
  • HIED 5643                                         Internship Seminar in Students Affair
  • HIED 6243                                         Trends, Issues, and Problems in Higher Education
  • HIED 6483                                         Strategic Enrollment Management

PhD in English, University of Tennessee, December 1990 

MA in French, University of Arkansas, May 1990

MA in English, University of Arkansas, May 1980 

BA in English, University of Arkansas, May 1978

 

           

Books

Cochran, R. & McCray, S. (2015). Lights! Camera! Arkansas!From Broncho Billy to Billy Bob Thornton. Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas.

 

McCray, S. & Cutchins, D. (Eds.) (2015). All before them:  Student opportunities and nationally competitive fellowships. Fayetteville, Arkansas:  University of Arkansas Press.

Contributors include Robert Garris, Executive Admissions Dean of the Schwarzman Scholars Program; Serena Wilson, Director of the Mitchell Scholarship Program; Tara Yglesias, Deputy Secretary of the Truman Scholarship Program; Doug Cutchins, Past President of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors; and fellowship advisors from across the country.

 

McCray, S. (Ed.) (2013). All in:  Expanding access through nationally competitive scholarships, Fayetteville, Arkansas:  University of Arkansas Press.

Contributors include William Gates Sr., Regent Emeritus University of Washington; Andrew Rich, Executive Secretary of the Truman Foundation; Tara Yglesias, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Truman Foundation; Frank Gilmore, President of the Goldwater Foundation; Carol Madison Graham, board member of the Marshall Scholarship and Carnegie UK Trust; and fellowship advisors from across the country.

 

McCray, S. (Ed.) (2009). Leading the way:  Student engagement and nationally competitive awards, Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.

Contributors include Marianne Craven, Managing Director of Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State; Michael Lenardo, Director of Science Programs, NIH Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program; Mike Mallory, President of the Ron Brown Scholar Program; Colleen Quint, Executive Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Research Institute; Patti Ross, Vice President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation; and others.

 

McCray, S. (Ed.) (2007). National scholarship competitions:  Serving students and the public good, Fayetteville, Arkansas: University of Arkansas Press.

Contributors include Richard Light, Harvard; Mark Bauer, Yale; Mary Tolar, Director of Civic Engagement, Kansas State University; Mary Denyer, Assistant Head of Scholarship Administration of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission; Tara Yglesias, Deputy Secretary of the Truman Foundation; Carol Madison Graham, Executive Director of the US UK Fulbright Commission and board member of the Carnegie UK Trust; and others.

 

McCray, S. (Ed.) (2005). Beyond winning:  National scholarship applications and the student experience.  Fayetteville, Arkansas:  University of Arkansas Press.

Contributors include John Rowett, Warden of Rhodes House; Jonathan Taylor, Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission; Elliot Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust; Gordon Johnson, Provost of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship; Louis Blair, Executive Secretary of the Truman Scholarship Foundation; Mary Tolar, Deputy Secretary of the Truman Foundation; Alice Ilchman, Director of the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships of the Thomas Watson Foundation; Warren Ilchman, Director of the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation; and advisors from across the country.

 

Presentations

McCray, S., & Warrick, P. (2016 May). Building an Awards Office that Effectively Increases Student Opportunity. Duke University. Durham, North Carolina. [Invited (I)]

McCray, S., & Wallace, O. (2016 February). Helping Late Bloomers Attend College. College Board Southwestern Regional Forum. Dallas, Texas. [Peer Reviewed (R)]

McCray, S., Warrick, P., and Chang, R.  (2015 July). A Different Point of View:  Collaboration Strategies from Awards Offices in Unusual Locations. National Association of Fellowships Advisors. Oakland, California. (R)

Lee, H., Morris, J., McCray, S., Brzinski, J.  (2015 July). Creating Intellectual Communities to engage Underrepresented Students:  A Path to Fellowship Opportunities. National Association of Fellowships Advisors. Oakland, California. (R)

Garris, R., & McCray, S. (2015 July).  Schwarzman Educational Foundation Chat. Interview with Robert Garris, Global Director of Admissions for the Schwarzman Scholars Program. National Association of Fellowships Advisors. Oakland, California. (I)

McCray, S. (2015 July).  Ethics and NAFA.  National Association of Fellowships Advisors. Oakland, California. (I)

McCray, S., McDonald, S. & Waggoner, W.  (2014 February). Admissions Speak:  What Does it All Mean, College Board Southwestern Regional Forum. (R)

McCray, S.  (2014 April).  Advanced Placement and Retention and Graduation Rates at the University of Arkansas. Advanced Placement Higher Education Advisory Council (College Board National Committee). New York, New York. (I)

McCray, S. & Cutchins, D. (2014 July).  The NAFA Code of Ethics and its Importance to New Advisors. Session organizers at the New Advisors Workshop: National Association of Fellowships Advisors, Des Moines. (I)

Filar, C. & McCray, S. (2014 June).  Best Practices and Evolving Fellowships Advising Strategies. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Workshop: Fellowship Advising at Large Universities. Tallahassee, Florida. (R)

Warrick, P., Fernando, G., McCray, S., & Veatch, E. (2013 July). The Candidate with the One-Track Mind:  An Advising Challenge. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. (R)

Morris, J., McCray, S., Vardaman, B., Warrick, P., Tolar, M., & Brown, A.  (2013 July). Life Beyond Scholarship Advising. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. (R)

McCray, S. & Cutchins, D. (2013 July). A Workshop on Ethics and Advising (with introductory remarks by S. McCray).  Session organizers at National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. (I)

McCray, S. (2012 July). Implementing an Ethical Approach to Advising. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Workshop: Developing Expertise.  Stanford, California. (I)

McCray, S. (2012 July). Facilitating Student Writing. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Workshop: Developing Expertise.  Stanford, California. (I)

McCray, S.  (2012 June).  Defining Success for Competitive Awards Offices. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Workshop: A Holistic Approach to Advising. Richmond, Virginia. (I)

McCray, S., & Vardaman, E.  (2012 February). Advanced Placement and Student Success. College Board Southwest Regional Forum. Little Rock, Arkansas. (R)

Apodaca, E., McCray, S., Munson, E., & Prieto, E. (2011 February). Strategies for Success. Presentation and panel discussion at the College Board Southwestern Regional Forum. Austin, Texas. (R)

McCray, S. (2011 July). Honoring the Code:  Ethics and Advising (plenary speaker). National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Chicago, Illinois. (I)

McCray, S.  (2011 July). NAFA’s Role in the National Conversation about our Schools: the Varieties of High School Experiences and the Transition to College Scholarship Programs. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Meeting.  Chicago, Illinois.  (R)

McCray, S., Morris, J., Powers, B., Shivamoggi, J, Wallach, & S. Warrick, P. (2011 July). National Foundations, Fellowship Advisors, and NAFA:  Past, Present and Future. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Chicago, Illinois. (R)

Knepshield, L., McCray, S., & Yglesias, T. (2011 July). Unintended Consequences:  A Look at State and Federal Legislation Affecting Access to and Instruction in Higher Education. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Chicago, Illinois. (R)

Ekal, D., Leonard, S., & McCray, S.  (2010 February). AP Access and Equity for Traditionally Underserved Students and Its Impact on Higher Education. College Board Southwest Regional Forum. Austin, Texas. (R)

McCray, S. (2010 May). Campus Support:  Building Strong Faculty Relationships. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Workshop for New Advisors:  Beginning with Confidence. Tucson, Arizona. (I)

Goldsmid, P., & McCray, S. (2010 May). Introduction to NAFA:  A Professional Network for Fellowship Advisors. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Workshop for New Advisors:  Beginning with Confidence. Tucson, Arizona. (I)

McCray, S. (2010 May). Strengthening the Preparation for Interviews. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Workshop for New Advisors:  Beginning with Confidence. Tucson, Arizona. (I)

Boettcher, A., Cargill, K, & McCray, S. (2011 June). Professionalism and Ethics Across the Disciplines:  A Workshop. Council on Undergraduate Research:  Gateways to Best Practices for Undergraduate Research Directors.  St. Louis, Missouri. (R)

McCray, S. (2009 July). Ethics Code and Strategic Plan Process Review. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial National Conference.  Seattle, Washington. (I)

DeCosmo, J., Delaurentis, L., McCray, S., & Vardaman, E. (2009 July). Undergraduate Research: Beyond REUs and Honors Theses. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Seattle, Washington. (R)

Cutchins, D., Daniels, M., Green L., McCray, S., & Yglesias, T.  (2009 July).  Successful Modes of Truman Advising. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Seattle, Washington. (R)

McCray, S. (2009 July). The Value of Internships and Benchmarks for Selection. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Seattle, Washington. (R)

McCray, S., & Powers, B. (2009 July). B. Ethics Workshop. Session organizers at the National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference.  Seattle, Washington. (R)

McCray, S. (2008 October). Experienced in Honors. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. San Antonio, Texas. (R)

McCray, S. (2007 July). Expanding the Curriculum:  National Trends that Could Reshape Fellowship Advising. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Washington, DC. (R)

McCray, S. (2007 July). Fellowships Advising:  The Agony, the Ecstasy, the Burnout? National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference (panel). Washington DC. (R)

McCray, S. (2007 November). Fund Raising for Honors. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference (panel). Denver, Colorado. (R)

McCray, S. (2007 November).  Research about Honors. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference (panel). Denver, Colorado. (R)

McCray, S. (2006 July).  How NAFA Connects US Students to Opportunities in Ireland.  NAFA Higher Education UK Symposium. Dublin, Ireland. (R)

McCray, S. (2006 July). A Comprehensive Approach to Fellowship Advising:  A Guide for New Advisors. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Workshop for New Advisors. Lincoln, Nebraska. (I)

McCray, S. (2006 July). Establishing the Code:  An Approach to Ethical Advising,” National Association of Fellowships Advisors Workshop for New Advisors. Lincoln, Nebraska. (I)

McCray, S. (2006 June).  Reading Between the Lines:  What US Letters of Recommendation Really Mean. NAFA General Education UK Symposium. Cambridge, England. (I)

McCray, S. (2005 July). Encouraging Student Engagement:  The Role of Foundations and Fellowships Advisors.  Opening address at the National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference. Louisville, Kentucky. (I)

Bruce, T., & McCray, S. (2005 July). Serving Students and the Public Good. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference.  Louisville, Kentucky. (R)

Graalman, B., & McCray, S. (2005 July).  Fellowship Offices:  Managing Growth and Surviving Change. National Association of Fellowships Biennial Conference. Louisville, Kentucky. (R)

McCray, S.  (2005 October). Thinking Globally, Advising Locally: Academic Advising and National Scholarship Competitions. Keynote Address at the Major Scholarship Preparation: A Mini-Course at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. St. Louis, Missouri. (I)

McCray, S.  (2005 October). Moving from an Honors Program to an Honors College. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference (panel). St. Louis, Missouri.  (R)

McCray, S., & Damuth, L. (2004 November). Major Scholarship Preparation:  A Mini-Course. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. (R)

McCray, S. (2004 November). Recruiting the Right Faculty to Teach in Honors:  Approaches and Incentives. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. (R)

McCray, S. (2003 July).  The Ethics of Post-Graduate Fellowship Advising. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Conference. Denver, Colorado. (I)

McCray, S. (2003 November). The University of Arkansas Honors/Humanities Project:  An Interdisciplinary Course Success Story. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. Chicago, Illinois. (R)

McCray, S.  (2002 October). Ethical Approaches to Assisting Undergraduates with National Scholarship Applications. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah. (R)

McCray, S. (2002 October). Securing Funding for Undergraduate Research. National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. Salt Lake City, Utah. (R)

McCray, S. (2002 June). How to Evaluate University Rankings in the UK. National Association of Fellowships New Advisors Workshop. Portland, Oregon. (I)

McCray, S.  (2001 June). Elocution Lessons?  An Ethical Approach to Fellowship Advising. National Association of Fellowships Advisors Biennial Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma. (I)