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Executive Director

Janet L. Marling, Ph.D. has been affiliated with NISTS since its establishment in 2002 and was named executive director in 2011. In this role and through her extensive speaking, training, and consulting activities, Dr. Marling works with individuals, higher education institutions and associations, state agencies, foundations, and legislative bodies to improve transfer policy, practice, and research. She edited the New Directions for Higher Education volume titled, Collegiate Transfer: Navigating the New Normal, published by Jossey-Bass, and has been involved as a project director and/or co-principal investigator for multiple research grants focusing on transfer student success. 

Dr. Marling is a past appointed Board Member for the National Association for College Counseling (NACAC) and an affiliate member of the Council for Standards in Higher Education (CAS) board of directors where she acted as the lead content expert in the collaborative effort to develop the Standards for Transfer Student Programs and Services.  Dr. Marling has previously served as vice president of student affairs and held professional positions in orientation and new student programs, personal and career counseling, peer mentoring, leadership, and learning support. Dr. Marling holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of North Texas, an M.S. in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.S. in psychology from Texas Christian University.

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Associate Director

Judith Brauer has worked with NISTS since 2013. She is passionate about supporting transfer student professionals and has over ten years’ experience in higher education, including working at both two and four year institutions. Her experience includes designing and delivering professional development to faculty and staff, as well as successfully securing over $10 million in grant funding. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Clemson University, a master of science degree in Educational Research, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies at the University of Georgia.

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Assistant Director

Prior to joining the NISTS team in 2017, Emily held roles in testing, registration, and student orientation at a primarily transfer-sending, two-year campus. She has expertise in student development, instructional design, and teaching pedagogy, and is deeply committed to sharing information that is relevant, practical, and practitioner-focused. Emily earned a bachelor of science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas and a master of science degree in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky.