Matthew R. Shupp, Ed.D., NCC, DCC
Dr. Matthew R. Shupp (re-)joined Shippensburg University in 2013 after serving as a student affairs professional for 12 years in a variety of institutional settings. His 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. His direct areas of oversight included student activities, leadership development, recreation and athletics, health services, and counseling services. He was also instrumental in implementing student protocols and directing the management of mental health-related emergencies. Matthew’s previous professional experience includes the community college, for-profit, and public higher education sectors.
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 currently coordinates the College Counseling and College Student Personnel specializations within the department. Dr. Shupp is also the Admissions chair for the department and coordinator of New Student Orientation events.
An advocate for experiential learning and social justice, Dr. Shupp traveled with the multicultural leadership program Up with People, which allowed him to visit 26 states, Canada, and 14 countries in Europe having stayed with host families and interacting with students from two dozen countries. He is currently co-chair of Shippensburg University’s LGBTQ+ Concerns Committee and co-leads the Counseling and College Student Personnel department’s service learning and cultural immersion trips.
Dr. Shupp received his B.A. in Psychology as well as his M.S. in Counseling (College Student Personnel) from Shippensburg University where he served as a Residence Director for three years. He completed his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania and, most recently, received a post-master's certificate in Clinical Counseling from Messiah College. He is both a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as well as a Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider (BC-TMH). He is Past-President of the Pennsylvania College Personnel Association (PCPA).
Dr. Shupp has presented at local, regional, and national higher education and student leadership conferences. His research areas of interest focus on multicultural competence and inclusive supervision, student leadership, and well-rounded (holistic) college experiences for students. A number of his scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, the Journal of Student Affairs, ACPA’s Developments, About Campus, Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, and other reputable higher education publications. Dr. Shupp is an avid distance athlete having competed in numerous triathlons, marathons, half-marathons, mud run obstacle courses, and other distance runs. He resides in Shippensburg.