Associate Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs

Biography

Dr. Matt Varga is Associate Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs in the Department of Communication Sciences and Professional Counseling 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.

Education / Degrees

  • 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 Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • CEPD-7185 (Spec Top in Couns & Educ Psy) Section: E01
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E04
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E29

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum) Section: E02
    • CEPD-7181 (Int.Perspective on Higher Educ) Section: E01
    • CEPD-9184 (Doc Seminar-Professional Issue) Section: E02
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E05

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • CEPD-9183 (Directed Doctoral Research) Section: E01
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E04
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E02

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • CEPD-6172 (Theories of College Stu Dev) Section: 01
    • CEPD-9199 (Dissertation) Section: E04
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E20

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum) Section: E02
    • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum) Section: E01
    • CEPD-7185 (Seminar in University & Commun) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E20

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum) Section: E03
    • CEPD-6176 (Legal Issues in Higher Educ) Section: 01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E21

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • UWG-1101 (First Year Univ. Experience) Section: 34
    • CEPD-6172 (Theories of College Stu Dev) Section: 01
    • CEPD-6172 (Theories of College Stu Dev) Section: 02
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E27

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • CEPD-6178 (The American College Student) Section: E01
    • CEPD-7185 (Seminar in Univers & Community) Section: 01
    • EDSI-7385 (Spec. Topics in School Improve) Section: E01

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • CEPD-6176 (Legal Issues in Higher Educ) Section: 01
    • CEPD-6179 (Capstone Seminar - Student Aff) Section: 01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E20

    Fall 2014 Sections

    • UWG-1101 (First Year Univ. Experience) Section: 24
    • CEPD-6172 (Theories of College Stu Dev) Section: 01
    • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum) Section: N01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: N20

    Summer 2014 Sections

    • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum) Section: N01
    • CEPD-6178 (The American College Student) Section: N01 Download Syllabus [PDF]
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: N20

    Spring 2014 Sections

    • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum) Section: N01
    • CEPD-6176 (Legal Issues in Higher Educ) Section: 01
    • CEPD-7152 (Research & Program Evaluation) Section: N01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: N22

    Fall 2013 Sections

    Summer 2013 Sections

    • CEPD-6175 (Student Affairs Practicum) Section: N01
    • CEPD-7152 (Research & Program Evaluation) Section: N01

    Spring 2013 Sections

  • Publication List

    Varga, M. & Parrish, M. (2015). Prescription Opiate Use among Graduate Students. Journal of Evidenced-Informed Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/15433714.2014.889586.

    Varga, M. & Varga, M. A. (2015). Prescription Stimulant Use among Graduate Students. College Student Affairs Journal. 33:1, 124 – 145.

    Varga, M. & Lingrell, S. (2016). The College Arm’s Race. In J. DeVitis & P. Sasso (Eds.), Colleges at the Crossroads: Taking Sides on Contested Issues. Peter Lang Press.

    Varga, M. & Hopper, J. (2015). Residential experience. In J. DeVitis & P. Sasso (Eds.), Today’s College Student: A Reader. Peter Lang Press.

    Varga, M. (2014). Substance use and resiliency among adolescents. In M. Garrett (Eds.), Youth and Adversity: Psychology and Influences of Child and Adolescent Resilience and Coping. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publisher.

    Varga, M. (2012). Adderall Abuse on College Campuses: A Comprehensive Literature Review. Journal of Evidenced-Based Social Work. 9:3, 293-313 DOI:10.1080/15433714.2010.525402 [View Publication]