Dr. Crisp is a Professor of Adult and Higher Education and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty
Affairs 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 9,000 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 recent book, Unlocking Opportunity through Broadly Accessible Institutions (co-edited with Kevin McClure and Cecilia Orphan) was published in 2022.
Dr. Crisp has taught and held leadership positions at community colleges and bachelor's granting universities for over 20 years. She served as Acting Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Education from 2022-23 and Chair of the Adult and Higher Education unit at OSU from 2018 to 2022. She 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. Dr. Crisp was a member of the Oregon Transfer Council for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, representing faculty at public universities in Oregon (2021-2023). Dr. Crisp served as 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 was also the 2022 Program Chair and President (2022-23) of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC).