Director of Studies
The Director Studies fosters interactions and organizes programs that elevate the intellectual life of the College. Living alongside students in neighboring Malone House helps the DOS devise curricular and co-curricular explorations that dovetail with students’ interests.
Christian Steinmetz, a native Oregonian, has a passion for working with undergraduate students that began early in her career as an orientation director. After earning a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Eastern Oregon University, she began a career in student affairs which led her to an M.A. in College Student Personnel from the University of Portland, and, ultimately, a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Higher Education.
Her interest in the lives of undergraduates extends to her research interests in social identity development and access and support for first-generation students and students from lower SES backgrounds. In all her work, she maintains a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion within higher education. As a faculty member, she values personal connections with students as they navigate their academic and personal paths.
Outside of work, Christian enjoys spending time with her family, husband Jason and daughter Jillian, a first-year at Cornell University. She loves cooking, movies, reading, true crime podcasts, and spending time with the family dog, Cowboy, cats, Winston and Sammy, and Jillian’s horse, Lincoln.