Dr. Pietro Sasso is an Assistant Professor of College Student Personnel Adminstration at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Sasso serves as the primary faculty member and as the program director. The program prepares its graduates to assume student support positions at colleges and universities. Though originally trained a career counselor, Dr. Sasso also draws from professional experiences primarily in academic advising and student engagement positions within higher education. His research interests include issues related to identity construction of traditional undergraduate students and the lived experiences of college subcultures.
He holds a Ph.D. in Education with a Higher Education emphasis and an additional cognate in Adult Education from Old Dominion University, an M.S. in Student Affairs & Counseling from the University of Rochester, and a B.A. in Psychology from Christopher Newport University. He is a member of the ASHE, AFA, ACPA, and NASPA. Dr. Sasso is also on the board of the Center Fraternity/Sorority Research at Indiana University and the NASPA Faculty Council. He is also a proud member of Tau Delta Phi Fraternity. He is the recipient of many national awards for professional practice and research including of the AFA Oracle Article of the Year Award given to the most outstanding research.
While originally from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, he currently lives in the diverse St. Louis Metropolitan Area. He enjoys watching PBS programming and conversely, trashy reality television shows too. He is a self-described “sports masochist” as a hometown Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, and Washington Redskins fan and supports their continual subpar efforts . Having worked in a record store in high school, Dr. Sasso is also an aficionado of contemporary hip-hop music, specifically from the 1990s era.