Dr. Chad H. + " " + Bennett

Dr. Chad H. Bennett

Program Director

Wright Hall 134 
(717) 477-1134

Dr. Chad Bennett is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator, advisor, and coach.  He has presented at numerous regional and national conferences on developmental education, first-year programming, student leadership, and program management.  He has over 13 years of experience working in academic and student support. Dr. Bennett is a recent recipient of the Shippensburg University Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching (CFEST) Teaching Innovations in Pedagogy and Scholarship Award (TIPS Teaching Award) and the 2015 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award.  Additionally, he has been the chair of the Department of Academic Services at Ship for over four years.

Prior to working at Shippensburg University, Dr. Bennett served as the director of a youth shelter in Harrisburg, Pa, while also playing a stint of professional soccer in the USL. He is currently a member of the National Association of Developmental Education and Act 101 Directors group and has been published in the monograph for the Educational Leadership Development Conference at St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, England.

Dr. Bennett received his undergraduate and masters degrees in psychology from Shippensburg University and his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership through Duquesne University in 2009.  He enjoys the outdoors participating in various activities and sports, working on home improvements, listening to a wide variety of music, but most especially spending time with his family.


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Rebecca Harris

Associate Director

Wright Hall
(717) 477-1134

Ms. Rebecca Lee Harris earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and her Master's degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University. Ms. Harris is currently working towards her Doctoral degree in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvannia. Ms. Harris has presented at conferences on the local, state, and national level, most recently at the 33rd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience in 2014 and the National Association of Developmental Education in 2018. Her research interest areas include first-year students, first-generation students, academic advising, and summer bridge programs.

"The circumstances of your life have uniquely qualified you to make a contribution. If you do not make that contribution, no one can." -Rabbi Harold Kushner

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Curtis Spencer

Transition and Outreach Counselor

131 Wright Hall
(717) 477-1013

Mr. Curtis L. Spencer, is a graduate of Towson University (B.S. Psychology) and received his M.S. in Counseling & College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University.

Mr. Spencer has an extensive background in Residence Life and Leadership Development.  Mr. Spencer became better acquainted with the Academic Success Program while completing a Clinical Field placement with the program in the summer of 2013. He then transitioned into the role of Transition & Outreach Counselor permanently in December of 2015.  

Mr. Spencer attributes his love for student development to his wonderful experience in various student activities as an undergraduate, and his countless memorable experiences as a young professional working in Residence Life. He enjoys academic coaching, counseling, leadership development, and assisting students with their career and holistic development.

Mr. Spencer is a classically trained musician (cello), singer, and songwriter and has studied music since the age of 11.  Mr. Spencer is currently  pursuing a Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research interest include access and equity, first-year experience, men of color initiatives, and the retention and persistence of students of color in higher education.

“Criticism is a small price to pay for doing work that you love and think matters”

-Brene Brown


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Melissa Knouse

Instructor and Academic Advisor
Wright Hall 135
(717) 477-1134

Professor Knouse earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Millersville University and then pursued her Master's from Shippensburg University, where she earned a Master of Science in Counseling and College Student Personnel. Upon graduation, she coordinated the Office of Academic Support for Student-Athletes before taking a faculty position in the College of Business where she was an adjunct faculty member teaching Foundations of Business Administration for one year. She is also piloted the Early Alert Program which provided early intervention to Shippensburg University students to assist in reaching their educational and professional goals. Currently, Melissa is a faculty member in the Department of Academic Services teaching in the Academic Success Program along with advising students in the Advising Center for Exploratory Students. Prior to working at Shippensburg University, Professor Knouse worked with children with Autism and advised students at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). Her favorite activities include spending time with her 1-year-old twins, boating on Lake Raystown with her husband, and spoiling her dog Tyson.


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Danielle Surotchak

ASP Secretary

Wright Hall
(717) 477-1134




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Jasmine Henderson

Jasmine Henderson graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration in 2011. She is pursuing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her passion for education led her to help others.. She has worked at the Multicultural Student Affairs office, interned at the Women's Center, joined Student Alumni Ambassadors and numerous groups on campus, prior to becoming a graduate student. Jasmine also has experience Academic Advising at a community college. Jasmine loves Mexican food, spending time with family, and traveling. Her advice to incoming students is to remember the end goal. Create short term and long term goals to help you get through college. Also, get involved on campus.