Professional Profile



Dr. Pietro Sasso has over ten years of professional and teaching experience in postsecondary education. As an administrator, his experience is exceptionally diverse, spanning several educational administrative functional areas. In each of these functional areas, Pietro has been provided with increasing levels of responsibility which demands various levels of leadership. He has provided significant culture change and improvements to each of his areas of accountability. As an educator, he is an emerging research-scholar with significant experiences as an alcohol educator and academic advisor to both undergraduate and graduate students. His research interests include identity construction of traditional undergraduates (college student development), alcohol misuse in higher education (student health outcomes), diversity in college access, and masculinity in higher education. Pietro has written and co-edited 6 textbooks, authored approximately 30 scholarly publications, and facilitated over 30 presentations. He is the recipient of the AFA Dr. Charles Eberly Research Award from AFA and is the ACPA Men and Masculinities Emerging Scholar-In-Residence for 2017-2019.


 Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy, Education
Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University
Areas of Concentration: College Student Development & Community College Leadership
Dissertation:  An Examination of Alcohol Expectations and Social Desirability in Fraternity Members on American College Campuses.
Advisor: Dr. Joseph DeVitis, Professor of Educational Leadership
Dissertation Chair: Dr. Alan “Woody” Schwizter, Professor of Counseling

M.S. Master of Science in Education
Warner School of Education, University of Rochester
Concentration: Student Affairs
Additional Cognate: Counseling and Human Development
Thesis: From Administrator to Educator: Facilitating Student Learning in Greek Affairs Practice
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Wall, Associate Professor of Higher Education
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Logan Hazen, Assistant Professor of Higher Education

B.A. Bachelor of Arts
Christopher Newport University
Major: Psychology
Minor(s): Leadership & Political Science


College Teaching Certificate-Old Dominion University
Certified Commercial Alcohol Trainer & Educator-Eastern Virginia Medical School
Academic Advising Certificate- Old Dominion University


Dr. Pietro Sasso is professionally and heavily invested within the profession of student affairs as he adheres to the practitioner-scholar approach. He is a reviewer for the Journal of College Student Development,  Journal of Critical Scholarship in Higher Education Student Affairs (JCSHESA) and Journal of College and Character (NASPA Affiliated Journal). He is also on the review board for Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.  Formerly, he was the NASPA Region II Faculty Representative. He is also a member of AFA, ACPA, and NASPA.


Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice

  • Editorial Board, Spring 2019-Present

Journal of College Student Development

  • Reviewer, Fall 2018-Present

Oracle: Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors

  • Peer Review Board, Spring 2015-Present

Journal of College and Character

  • Review Board, Fall 2014-Present

Journal of Critical Scholarship in Higher Education Student Affairs

  • Manuscript Reviewer, Fall 2014-Fall 2016

New Jersey Alliance (State Student Affairs Professional Association)

  • Graduate Faculty Representative, Executive Board (2014-2015)

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

  • Region II Graduate Student and New Professional Conference Committee, Spring 2013-Summer 2015
  • Region II Faculty Fellow, Fall 2014-Summer 2016
  • Program Reviewer, Spring 2013, Spring 2015
  • NUFP Program Conference Scholarship Reviewer, Spring 2017
  • New Connections Conference Scholarship Reviewer, Spring 2017

Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research-Indiana University

  • Board Member (2013-Present)

Prevention First of Monmouth County

  • Underage Drinking & Bar Taskforce (2012-2015)

New Jersey Higher Education Commission on Alcohol and Drug Prevention & Education

  • Member (2012-2014)

American College Personnel Association

  • Coalition on Men & Masculinities Emerging Scholars Symposium Committee, 2018
  • Emerging Scholar, Standing Committee on Men & Masculinities, 2017-2019
  • Program Reviewer- Research Papers, Committee on Graduate Students and New Professionals, Committee on Men & Masculinities, 2010-2012
  • Member-Commission for Student Involvement, 2006-2014
  • Member-Commission for Alcohol and Other Drug Issues, 2006-2014
  • Member- Commission for Professional Preparation, 2012-Present
  • Vice Chair of External Affairs- Standing Committee on Graduate Student and New Professionals, 2012-2013
  • Fraternity Interest Cluster Coordinator -Standing Committee on Men & Masculinities, 2010-2012

Association of Fraternity Advisors

  • Region I Marketing and Recruiting Team (2006-2008)
  • Region III Marketing and Recruiting Team (2011-2012)
  • Essentials Editorial Board (2011-2013)
  • Program Reviewer, Annual Meeting (2012)

Capital Fraternal Caucus

  • Selected among 40 from applicant pool of 500 applicants to lobby on Capitol Hill for the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (2006)

Northeast Greek Leadership Association

  • Graduate Conference Staff (February 2007, 2008)

Old Dominion University Graduate Student Organization

  • Health Insurance Liaison, 2008-2010
  • Vice President, 2011-2012

Tau Delta Phi National Fraternity, 2002-2011

  • Delta Nu Chapter: Alumni Board, 2006-2008
  • Delta Nu Housing Corporation: Treasurer, 2005-2010

University of Rochester

  • Higher Education Student Association, President, 2006-2008
  • Warner Graduate Student Association, Leadership Team, 2006-2008


American College Personnel Association (ACPA), 2006-Present
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, (NASPA) 2006-Present
Association for Study of Higher Education (ASHE), 2016-Present
National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), 2011-2015
Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), 2006-2014
Tau Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc., 2003-Present
Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society, 2006-2016
Chi Sigma Alpha Student Affairs Honor Society, 2014-Present