Dr. Kevin Correa is the Director of the First-Year Success Center, which provides individualized and holistic peer coaching services to freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students on four ASU campuses.
Dr. Correa has enjoyed working as a higher education professional for nearly fifteen years. He is passionate about helping students succeed and making a positive impact in their lives. Nearly his entire career has been devoted to the engagement, retention, and success of diverse student populations at large public universities, and much of his work has been in leadership capacities.
Dr. Correa has been with the First-Year Success Center since its inaugural year; he was part of the leadership team that led the center's growth from an initiative with about 35 staff to an award-winning center with over 100 staff conducting over 16,000 coaching appointments per year. While at ASU, Dr. Correa has also served as a mentor for the Obama Scholars Program, a facilitator for Access ASU's Future Sun Devil Families program, a facilitator for the university's SafeZONE program, and a board member of the Chicano/Latino Faculty & Staff Association.
Originally from the east coast, Dr. Correa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree, with an emphasis on race, class, and gender, from the University of Michigan as a first-generation out-of-state student. He earned a Master's degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education and a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Innovation from ASU. Dr. Correa's dissertation work was focused on out-of-state freshmen at ASU. As part of his research, Dr. Correa designed a large-scale intervention to address the specific needs and challenges of this substantial population; the intervention had a positive association with co-curricular engagement and homesickness frequency reduction.
In addition to leading the First-Year Success Center, Dr. Correa serves as a Faculty Associate in the ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, where he teaches graduate-level courses in the higher and postsecondary education program. Dr. Correa has also earned a certificate in personal development coaching from the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute, and he has completed the Foundations of Positive Psychology Cousera specialization from the University of Pennsylvania.