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USD lecture to address retention success rates for male students

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences welcomes Jason Laker, Ph.D., professor of counselor education at San Jose State University, on Monday, Sept. 22. In addition to meeting with administrators and other members of the USD community, Laker will present the lecture “Inviting and Inspiring Men to Learn” at 3:30 p.m. at Farber Hall.

An internationally-known expert and scholar, Laker travels the country addressing issues affecting engagement, development, retention and success of male college students; and in promoting strong gender relations on campuses. He is a professor of counselor education and former vice president at San Jose State University.

Laker previously served as associate vice president and dean of student affairs, fellow in the Centre for the Study of Democracy, and on the gender studies faculty at Queen’s University in Canada. He holds a doctorate from the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education and a master’s degree in community counseling. His international activities include engagements as board member, visiting faculty, consultant or speaker, particularly in Europe. His scholarly work includes two edited texts regarding gender and men’s development, one each in the U.S. and Canada; and two texts co-edited with colleagues in Spain and Croatia focused on the role of postsecondary institutions in fostering citizenship and democratic education, comparing the contexts of Eastern and Western Europe and North America.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the College of Arts & Sciences at 605-677-5221 or go to


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News