Congratulations to alumna Kristin Walker, Ph.D., who was recently honored with the distinguished Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. The award, presented by the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research (CFSR), recognizes outstanding research on the role of fraternities and sororities in higher education and student affairs.
Dr. Walker is the Associate Director of Analytics and Initiatives at Clemson University’s Center for Career and Professional Development.
“I was drawn to this research because of my own experience as an Alpha Sigma Tau,” Dr. Walker says. “I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without the Sorority. I wanted to see if others had similar experiences.”
Dr. Walker interviewed several sorority women from a mid-Atlantic alumnae Panhellenic association. She found common themes on how sorority life benefited their professional lives after college, sometimes in unexpected ways. “I found that being in a sorority helped these women find their own individual voices,” she explains. “It gave them confidence to succeed in their professions, and excel at networking, running meetings, and leading teams.”
“I also found that a mutually-beneficial relationship exists when members choose to engage a sorority in college,” she continues. “By being more involved in their chapters, the women I talked to were able to benefit their respective sororities. At the same time, they were also able to develop skills and attributes, such as confidence, that helped them thrive in college and their later professional lives. It’s a win-win.”
For her research and dedication to student affairs, Dr. Walker was also recently honored with the New Professional Award from the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA).
Dr. Walker is an alumna of the Alpha Lambda Chapter (Radford University), and is a Past National Vice President of Alpha Sigma Tau, among many other national volunteer positions. She currently serves on the Nominations Committee.