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Emma Bjorngard Basayne

Advising Center Operations Director
Academic Advisor
College of Education, Family and Human Services


Emma Bjorngard Basayne, PhD (she/her/hers) is an Academic Advisor in the College of Education (COE) at the University of Oregon. She provides advising to all COE students, but has a focus on students enrolled in or pursuing the Family and Human Services program. Previously, Emma worked as an Academic Advisor in the School of Business at the University of Connecticut (UConn), while also teaching at UConn as an Adjunct Professor in the Philosophy Department. 

As an Academic Advisor Emma takes a personal interest in the students whom she works with and empowers them to develop their unique talents and perspectives as they relate to their academic, personal, and professional goals.


Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT    May 2019
M.S. in Counselor Education with a Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education. 

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT    August 2018
Doctor of Philosophy: Philosophy   

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT    May 2015
Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Philosophy                                            

California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA    May 2013
Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Philosophy   
Minor: American Literature

Honors and Awards

Recipient of the Joy Nuckols Memorial Staff Award, UConn Stamford, 2020
Co-recipient of the AHRD Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award, 2020


Kaeppel, K., Grenier, R. S., & Björngard-Basayne, E. (2020). The F Word: The Role of Women’s Friendships in Navigating the Gendered Workplace of Academia. Human Resource Development Review, 19(4), 362–383.

“At Your Fingertips: Harnessing Digital Tools for Engagement in the College Classroom,'' co-authored with Kristi Kaeppel and Marc Reyes, book chapter in “Fostering Student Engagement With Instructional Technology in Higher Education,” ICI Global, Published Fall 2019


Emma’s research interests include the role of women’s friendships in navigating male-dominated work environments. In particular she is considering how women’s friendships can work as a catalyst for taking action within the workplace. She thinks of her career mission as empowering students to explore who they are as individuals, challenge assumptions, and to always keep asking questions.