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Pietro A. Sasso, Ph.D.

Pietro A Sasso

Associate Professor, Department of Education

Email: psasso [at] desu.edu



  • Ph.D., Higher Education, Old Dominion University
  • M.S., Higher Education & Counseling, University of Rochester
  • B.A., Psychology Christopher Newport University

Research Interests

Dr. Sasso’s research amplifies the voices of college students through interrogating the themes of the college experience, student success, and educational equity in co-curricular spaces. He has over 90 scholarly publications including 11 co-edited books, and over 130 conference presentations. He has been recognized for his research with awards from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), and Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA). He is currently a faculty research fellow with the Penn State University Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity & Sorority Research.

Research Expertise

  • Higher Education
  • Student Involvement
  • Race & Gender
  • College Student Development
  • Co-Curricular Spaces

Consultation Expertise

Dr. Pietro A. Sasso has over twenty 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. He is also a research-scholar with significant experiences as an educator and academic advisor to both undergraduate and graduate students. His research interests include the college experience (student involvement, multiraciality, masculinity), student academic success.

Selected Publications

  • Sasso, P. A., Shelton, L. J., & Brazleton, B. (2024). No new friends: The desolate realm of higher education/student affairs pre-tenure faculty. Journal of Higher Education Politics & Economics, 10(1), 11-34.

  • Sasso, P. A. & Alstadt, A. A., & Bullington, K. (2023). The academic oratory tax paid undergraduates as persons who stutter. Review of Higher Education, 47(3), 347-372.

  • Grace, M., Sasso. P. A., & Bullington, K., Stedman, K. Xinyue Liu, X., & Wiese, D., Graziani, A. (2024). Educating future leaders in fraternities: Outcomes from participation in an emerging leaders program. Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship, 6(1), 39-56

  • Zoromski, K. &, Sasso. P. A. (2024). Transactional and stopgap relationships between community college department chairs and their adjuncts. Community College Review, 52(2), 210-230.

  • Sasso, P. A., Bullington, K., & Manning-Ouellette, A., & Price-Williams, S. (2024). White girl wasted: Unapologetic sorority sexuality & alcohol Use. Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs, 40(1), 32-61.

  • Sasso, P. A. & Bullington, K. (2023). “Either or, not as a whole:” Challenges of multiracial student placemaking and belonging in sorority and fraternity chapters. Journal of Sorority and Fraternity Life Research and Practice, 18(2), Article 7

  • Sasso. P. A., Bullington, K., & Perry, L. (2023) Belonging, racializing, & place-making in student organizations for Multiracial college student leaders. Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship, 5(3),9-23.

  • Faure, T. &, Sasso, P. A. (2023) Collaborative challenges between educational accessibility coordinators and adjunct faculty in supporting autism spectrum students. New York Journal of Student Affairs, 23(1), Article 4.

  • Sasso, P. A., Rowan, S., & Ryan, C. K. (2023). Brunch so hard: Liquid bonding and unspoken rules of feminine hegemony through alcohol use in national panhellenic conference sorority women. Journal of Sorority and Fraternity Life Research and Practice, 18(1), Article 5.

  • Sasso, P. A. Jeffers, A., Altstadt, A. M., Bullington, L., & Enciso, M. (2023). Personal “Reservations:” Revealing the selective invisibility of multiracial Native American students. Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice, 60(4), 433-446.


  • Co-Principal Investigator. (2023-2025). Antisemitism & Jewish Identity Grant. Funded for $220,000. Penn State Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity & Sorority Research and from Zeta Beta Tau Foundation.
  • Co-Principal Investigator. (2021-2022). Hazing Monograph Project. Penn State Timothy J. Piazza Center for Fraternity & Sorority Research and Reform. Funded for $50,000 from North American Interfraternity Conference.