Faculty/Staff Profile

Matt Varga

Matt Varga, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs

Phone: 678-839-6160 | Fax: 678-839-6537

Email:  mvarga@westga.edu

Office: Education Annex 243

Hours: Monday: 10:00 - 2:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 - 2:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 - 12:00 PM

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Dr. Matt Varga is Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs in the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies at the University of West Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and a M.S. in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Christopher Newport University. Dr. Varga’s central research focus has emphasized exploring prescription drug abuse among graduate students. Other areas of focus include LGBTQ issues, campus climate perceptions, transition programs, and experiences and competencies of entry level professionals. As a former student affairs professional working in the Department of University Housing at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Dr. Varga developed a passion for the success of not only higher education administration, but for students also. His commitment to the field drives his desire to invest in new professionals and educate graduate students to become competent and well-rounded college student affairs professionals.


  • B.A., Philosophy and Religious Studies, Christopher Newport University, 2004
  • M.S., College Student Personnel, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2007
  • Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • CEPD-6172 (Theories of College Stu Dev)    
    • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum)    
    • CEPD-6176 (Legal Issues in Higher Educ)    
    • CEPD-6178 (The American College Student)    
    • CEPD-6179 (Capstone Seminar - Student Aff)    
    • CEPD-7152 (Research & Program Evaluation)    
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation)    
    • UWG-1101 (First Year Univ. Experience)    
  • Summer 2014 Sections
    • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum) Section: N01
    • CEPD-6178 (The American College Student) Section: N01   [View Syllabus]
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: N20

Selected Publications

  • A comprehensive literature review regarding the growing problem of prescription stimulant use among undergraduate students. [View Publication]