Matthew R. Shupp, Ed.D.
Department of Counseling and College
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: (717) 477-1676
Office: 111 Shippen Hall
R. Shupp joined Shippensburg University in 2013 after serving as a
student affairs administrator for 12 years in a variety of institutional
settings. He completed his Ed.D. in Higher
Education Administrative Leadership at Widener University in Chester,
Pennsylvania in December 2007. His research was qualitative in nature
and addressed the supervisory needs of entry-level student affairs
Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA) recognized a portion of his dissertation by awarding Dr. Shupp the 2007 Graduate Student Writing Award.
His dissertation was also utilized for his most recent co-authored
publication, “Synergistic supervision: A confirmed key to retaining
entry-level student affairs professionals” in the Journal of
Student Affairs Research and Practice 49(2), 157–174. A
number of his published articles have appeared on reslife.net, About Campus, and other
reputable higher education publications.
Dr. Shupp’s most recent administrative position was serving as the director of student affairs
at Penn State University – Brandywine. As
a member of the senior leadership team, Matthew was responsible for the
overall administration of the student affairs division on a 1,700
person suburban campus.
His direct areas of oversight included: student activities, leadership
development, recreation (club sports/intramurals) and athletics, health
services, counseling, and judicial affairs. He was also instrumental in
implementing student protocols and directing
the management of mental health related emergencies. Prior to his
position at Penn State, Matthew was the Acting Director of Student Life
at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) where he was responsible for
planning, implementing, and monitoring student
activities for a large (approximately 38,000 students), urban,
multi-campus community college. He served as the Coordinator for Student
Life at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College and served as a
Residence Director for three years at Shippensburg University.
In his work as a faculty member preparing future higher education professionals and counselors, Dr. Shupp relies heavily
on Schlossberg’s concept of Mattering and Marginality and Sanford’s theory of Support
Self-identifying as a “student affairs generalist,” Dr. Shupp describes
his ideal learning environment as a “teaching hospital” where he is
able to create learning opportunities and
teachable moments for students. He is the 2012 recipient of the
Pennsylvania College Personnel Association’s Ron Lunardini Award for Outstanding Mentoring.
An advocate for experiential learning and social justice, in 1997, Dr. Shupp traveled with the
multicultural leadership program Up with People, which
took him through 26 states, Canada,
and 14 countries in Europe having stayed with 63 host families and
interacting with 150 fellow students from 24 different countries who
spoke 27 different
Dr. Shupp received his B.A. in Psychology (2000) as well as his M.S. in
Counseling (College Student Personnel) (2003) from Shippensburg
University. He is both a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the
National Board for Certified Counselors
(NBCC) as well as a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC). He is
Past-President of the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA)
and currently serves as the association’s NBCC Coordinator. Dr. Shupp
has presented at local, regional, and national higher
education and student leadership conferences. His research areas of
interest focus on entry-level staff supervision, student leadership, and
well-rounded (holistic) college experiences for students.
Shupp is also an avid skydiver (well, if skydiving twice could be
defined as “avid”) and distance
athlete having competed in numerous triathlons, marathons,
half-marathons, mud run obstacle courses, and other distance runs. He
resides in Shippensburg.