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Ellen Meents-DeCaigny

Ellen Meents-DeCaigny

  • Instructor and Project Coordinator, Higher Education Administration and Policy Program

Research Interests

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Leadership, Student Development


Ellen Meents-DeCaigny currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Union Insurance Group, supporting the President and leadership team while overseeing Human Resources and organizational development. Prior to this role Ellen served at DePaul University as the Student Affairs Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff, responsible for divisional initiatives related to assessment and research, budget and human resources, strategic planning and information management. Ellen worked at DePaul University for over 23 years in a variety of roles, including student affairs director of assessment, research and communication; director of the Office of Academic Enhancement and program director of New Student Programs. She also has served as a consultant helping Student Affairs divisions with their assessment efforts. Ellen teaches in the Master’s Research Project sequence.


  • PhD, Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago
  • MA, Counseling and College Student Development, University of Maryland
  • BA, Speech Communications, Drake University