Michael Cuyjet Graduate Student Professional Development Fund

The Fund

The Fund's purpose is to support the professional development of UofL graduate students pursuing a career in College Student Personnel or Higher Education. Support is designed to encourage scholarship, research, graduation, and involvement in professional organizations.

Dr. Cuyjet not only supported graduate students, but he championed their careers in higher education and has been instrumental in placing our graduates in a variety of positions across the country. Dr. Cuyjet retired from UofL in 2014.

About Michael Cuyjet

cuyjetMichael J. Cuyjet was an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, where he taught in the College Student Personnel program and mentoring master’s and doctoral students since 1993. Prior to that, he served as a student affairs practitioner at Northern Illinois University and at the University of Maryland - College Park for more than twenty years, most of which were working in student activities. During his 16 years at UofL he has also served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Acting Associate Provost for Student Life and Development.

Dr. Cuyjet received a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Bradley University and a master’s degree in counseling and a doctorate in counselor education from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Cuyjet is the editor and one of the authors of the 2006 book, African American Men in College, and a coauthor of the 2002 book, How Minority Students Experience College. Dr. Cuyjet has edited two other books, including the 1997 publication, Helping African American Men Succeed in College; published more than twenty other journal articles or book chapters; and has made more than 100 presentations at national and regional conferences.  His published writing also includes chapters on program planning and development in four different books and the 1994 monograph, Developing Student Government Leadership. He currently serves on the editorial board of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) Journal, on the editorial board of the Journal of College and Character, and as an associate editor of the Books and Media Board of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Dr. Cuyjet has received the American College Personnel Association’s “Annuit Coeptis” award as an exemplary student affairs professional twice, once as an emerging professional in 1981 and again as a senior professional in 1998, and has received the Bob E. Leach Award for Outstanding Service to Students from Region III of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). In 2006 he was named a Diamond Honoree by the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation and in spring 2007 the College Personnel Association of Kentucky (CPAK) named its annual award for outstanding graduate student of the year for him. In March 2009, he was named one of ACPA’s Senior Scholars.

He is married to Carol Lawson Cuyjet and has three grown daughters.

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