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Dr. Michael Levinstein, Assistant Professor


Dr. Levinstein (Dr. Lev) joined the University in the fall of 2019 having worked at the University of Pittsburgh, Hebrew College, Harvard University, Kent State University and the University of Akron. Throughout his career, Dr. Lev has focused his professional and scholarly activities on student access, academic success and degree completion of underrepresented and underprepared students.

Dr. Lev serves as the Director of Exploratory Advising and Advisor Development, advises undergraduate Exploratory students and Ship Start students and serves as the New Student Orientation Academic Coordinator. Originally from Havertown, PA, Dr. Lev now lives in Carlisle with his wife and four children, plays guitar and enjoys hiking. A personal goal over the next few years is to hike the Appalachian Trail from the Maryland border to the Susquehanna River, one segment at a time.

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BS. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1998)
MEd. Kent State University, Kent, OH (2008)
PhD. Kent State University, Kent, OH (2018)

Undergraduate Courses Taught:
UNIV 101 The First Year Seminar
AEES 101 Foundations in Academic Success, and
AEES 103 Intro to Exploratory Studies

NACADA Advisor Training and Development Steering Committee 2022-Present
NACADA Faculty Advisor Committee 2022-Present
NACADA Region 2 Member 2023-Present
General Education Council Program Committee 2023-Present
Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity Chapter Advisor 2023-Present
Retention Response Team Committee Member 2021-2022
Comprehensive Enrollment Management Planning Committee Chair 2021-Present
SU INSINC Social Inclusion Awards Judge 2022
ASU University Design Institute PASSHE Higher Education Redesign Accelerator 2022-Present
SU/MU/HAAC Enhanced Transfer Partnership Committee 2021-Present
PA-NOSS National Organization for Student Success Board Member 2021-Present
CETL Fellow 2020-Present
New Student Orientation Planning Committee 2020-Present
Fall Welcome Week Planning Committee 2020-Present
SU INSINC Social Inclusion Awards Judge 2022
President's Leadership Academy 2020-2021


A case study of an intrusive advising approach for at-risk, under-prepared and traditionally underrepresented college students

Examining the role of the student-advisor relationship in a holistic,intrusive advising approach for student retention

Forthcoming Publications:

Shakya, S., & Levinstein, M., (2024). Grading Policy, Email Nudges, and Grade Outcomes, Journal of Economic Education.


Advising in the Classroom: Reimagining the First-Year Experience. NACADA Region 2 Conference, 2024

Advising in the Classroom: Reimagining the First-Year Experience. PASSHE Conference on Teaching and Learning, 2023.

Teaching Literacy through A General Education Course: Incorporating Literacy Fellows and a Disciplinary Approach to Impact Student Success. College Reading & Learning Association Conference, 2022.

What Beats Headphones and Starbucks Teach Us About Supporting Post-Millennial College Student Success. National Symposium on Student Retention, 2021 

Leveraging Advising to Build Student Resilience, Shippensburg University Advising Symposium Keynote, 2021.

The ABCs of SSC: SSC Navigate as a Tool for Advising, Shippensburg University Advising Symposium, 2021.

The Power of the Nudge: Small Motivational Hacks to Improve Student Success, Shippensburg Advising Symposium, 2020.

Academic Grit: Nurturing and Developing Resilience in your Students, Shippensburg University Advising Symposium, 2020.

Hybrid Developmental/Intrusive Academic Advising Dramatically Increases At-Risk College Student Success, Ohio College Personnel Association, 2017.


Contact the Department of Academic Engagement & Exploratory Studies (AEES) Mowrey Hall, 2nd floor 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1395