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Grinnell College VP Houston Dougharty Is Honored by National Professional Association

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 9:43 pm

Grinnell, Iowa -- Houston Dougharty, vice president for student affairs at Grinnell College, was honored earlier this month at the regional meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

The organization recognized Dougharty for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer, an honor that is presented to an individual who has excelled as a dean in the student affairs profession.

About Houston Dougharty

Houston Dougharty has been vice president of student affairs at Grinnell since spring 2008. Over the past 29 years—at Grinnell and in student affairs positions at other colleges and universities—he has led and served in most areas of college student affairs, including counseling and health services, substance abuse prevention, suicide and self-harming behaviors prevention, admissions, multicultural affairs and service learning.

Dougharty is active regionally and nationally in a number of professional organizations, and is frequently invited to speak at professional conferences. Currently an adjunct faculty member at Drake University in Des Moines, he previously taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Before coming to Grinnell, Dougharty held leadership positions in student affairs at Lewis & Clark College, the University of Puget Sound, Iowa State, Western Washington University, UCSB, and the University of Hartford. He is a native of Santa Fe, N.M.


NASPA is a leading association for student affairs professionals. The organization provides professional development, advocacy, and research for 13,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries and 8 U.S. territories.

About Grinnell College

Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.

Superheroes, Religion, and the Paranormal

Jeffrey Kripal — a prominent religious scholar who also has written about mutants, mystics, comic book superheroes and the paranormal — will deliver two lectures on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

  • Scholars’ Convocation: “Authors of the Impossible: How to Think About the Paranormal”
    Noon, Wednesday, Dec. 4, Rosenfield Center Room 101
  • Religious Studies' annual  Gates Lecture: “Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics and the Paranormal”
    7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, Rosenfield Center Room 101

No tickets are required for these free public performances.

One of the few in his field who advocate including the paranormal in religious studies, Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is chiefly interested in the comparative erotics of mystical literature, the history of American metaphysical religion, the history of western esotericism, and the interface between the paranormal and American pop culture.

Kripal is the author of six books, the first of which, Kali’s Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna, won the American Academy of Religion’s History of Religions Prize for Best First Book in 1995. It also garnered controversy in the western world and India, where activists have attempted to have the book banned.

Two of Kripal’s books — Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion and Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred — are being made into documentary films.

Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If you need accommodations, please contact Conference Operations at 641-269-3235.