Matthew R. Shupp, Ed.D.

Matthew R. Shupp

Department of Counseling and College
Student Personnel
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: (717) 477-1676
Office: 111 Shippen Hall

Matthew 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 professionals. The 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, 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 and Challenge. 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 languages. 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.

Dr. 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.

Important Dates  

April 1: ALL Practicum & Field paperwork DUE!!

May 6:   Graduate Commencement Ceremony