Dr. Crisp is a Professor of Adult and Higher Education at Oregon State University (OSU).
Her scholarship seeks to identify practices and policies that can reduce inequities in transfer
and college outcomes for students who attend community colleges and broadly accessible
bachelor's granting institutions. She developed a mentoring framework and scale that
explains how undergraduate students experience and receive various forms of formal
and informal mentoring support. Dr. Crisp is committed to conducting research that
can support and uplift Latinx students and other minoritized students who attend
accessible institutions. Her survey instrument, the College Student Mentoring Scale
(CSMS), is currently being used at institutions around world to evaluate the effectiveness
of mentoring relationships.
Dr. Crisp has published over 60 articles, book chapters, and policy reports and her
research has been cited over 6,500 times. Dr. Crisp's scholarship has been published in leading education journals including The American Educational Research Journal, The Journal of Higher Education, Review of Educational Research, Teachers College Record, Research in Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, and The Journal of College Student Development. Her research has been supported by The National Science Foundation (NSF), The Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). Her newest book, Unlocking Opportunity through Broadly Accessible Institutions (co-edited with Kevin McClure and Cecilia Orphan) was published in December, 2021.
Dr. Crisp has taught and held leadership positions at community colleges and bachelor's granting universities for over 20 years. She served as Chair of the Adult and Higher Education unit at Oregon State University from 2018 to 2022. Dr. Crisp provided leadership to developing and piloting OSU's Beaver Connect mentoring program which was awarded the 2020 NWCCU Beacon Award for Excellence in Student Achievement and Success. She is a member of the Oregon Transfer Council for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, representing faculty at public universities in Oregon (2021-2023). Dr. Crisp was Editor-in-Chief of New Directions for Institutional Research from 2013-2018 and Associate Editor of The Review of Higher Education from 2009-2015. Dr. Crisp has served on numerous advisory and editorial boards including the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities' Equity Council. From 2018-2020 she chaired CAHEP's Early Career Faculty Workshop for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). In 2020, Dr. Crisp received the Mentoring Award from ASHE. She currently serves as chair of ASHE's Professional Development Committee (2020-2023). Dr. Crisp is also the 2022 Program Chair and President-Elect of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC).