Dr. Amber Manning-Ouellette joined the Iowa State University leadership studies faculty in fall 2015. She teaches LD ST 270, "Campus Leadership Development," LD ST 322, "Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society," LD ST 422: Leadership Capstone Seminar: Theory to Practice”. She also directs the center’s global leadership study abroad program, which has traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, since 2015.
Her research interests include college student sexuality, women’s leadership, higher education policy issues, college student development, gender and diversity issues, first-year student transition and retention assessment. Her doctoral dissertation is titled “In a Woman’s Voice: A Qualitative Study on How First-Year College Women Understand their Sexual Experiences” and examines how first-year women understand, navigate and reflect on their sexual experiences during college. Manning-Ouellette has presented her research at numerous national conferences such as the annual meeting for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, NASPA, and the Association for the study of Higher Education. She recently authored an article titled, “Learning leadership: A qualitative study on the differences of student learning in online versus traditional courses in a leadership studies program” published in the Journal of Leadership Education. She is the recipient of the 2016 ACPA and FYE grant for her research on women in STEM and service-learning. In 2017, she received the Gender and Sexuality Equity Research Award and the Wilbur L. Layton Faculty Recognition Award at Iowa State University.
Previously, Manning-Ouellette served as the director of enrollment management for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale College of Business, focusing on the recruitment and retention strategies of undergraduate business students. She also coordinated over 90 sections of first-year seminar courses, and served in various teaching positions. She co-coordinated the first annual women’s leadership conference at SIU Carbondale, which focused on increasing women in STEM, business and agriculture fields. In addition, she created a first-year women’s leadership course and living learning community in 2011. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in counselor education, and a doctorate of philosophy in educational administration and higher education, all from SIU Carbondale.