Meet the Staff

Jordan Baumgardner
...ISU truly cares about not only their employees, but the students as well.

Jordan Baumgardner

Area: Martin Hall Director
Office: 2106 Martin
Phone: 515-294-9051

My Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Why did I choose ISU: From the moment I had my first interview with the staff to arriving on campus to start work, I felt like I could fit well with the team. It was very apparent that ISU truly cares about not only their employees, but the students as well. ISU was going to provide me with the opportunities to develop new skills and abilities and refine those that I had already gained.

What I like best about working at at ISU: I really appreciate the autonomy that is given to me to make the best decisions for the students within my building. I also love the warm, caring personalities from everyone I meet, including students, faculty, staff, and members of the Ames community.

How working at ISU has prepared me for my future: Knowing that I want to continue in Student Affairs, working in housing provides me with a plethora of transferable skills that can help with any of my future endeavors.

  • Masters of Science: College Student Affairs, Eastern Illinois University
  • Bachelors of Science: Biochemistry, Missouri Western State University
Work Experience
  • Associate Resident Director, Eastern Illinois University. August 2009 - Present
  • ACUHO-I Internship, Radford University. June 2010 - July 2010
  • Resident Assistant, Missouri Western State University. January 2006 - May 2009
  • Student Ambassador (Admissions Intern), Missouri Western State University. August 2006 (2007) - May 2009
Professional Development
  • Marketing Committee, Member 2010-2011
  • Technology Committee, Coordinator 2010-2011
  • Academic Initiatives and Retention Committee, Member 2009-2010
  • College Student Personnel Association, Secretary 2010
  • Great Lakes Affiliation of College and University Housing Officers Contemporary Issues Committee
  • (GLACUHO), Member 2010
  • GLACUHO November 2009, 2010
  • National Residence Hall Honorary, Member 2008-2009
  • Heartland 2009 Conference, Website Designer 2008-2009
  • Beta Beta Beta National Biological Society, Vice-President 2008-2009
  • Heartland 2009 Planning Committee Co-Chair 2008-2009
  • Pre-Professional Club, Member 2007-2009
  • Residence Council, Website Coordinator and Publicity 2007-2009
  • Student Honors Organization, Treasurer and President 2006-2008
  • Explore Your Path in Student Affairs November 2008
  • Heartland Resident Assistant/Student Assistant Conference October 2008
  • Beta Beta Beta Regional Conference April 2008
  • Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH) November 2007
  • International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM) November 2007
Honors & Awards
  • Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community Grant, NASPA 2010 - 2011
  • Presidential Leadership Award, Missouri Western State University 2008 - 2009
  • John R. Yancey Biology Award 2009
  • Senior Resident Assistant 2007- 2008
  • Returner of the Year, Scanlon Hall 2007- 2008
  • iGEM Gold Medal 2007
Presentations & Publications
  • Baumgardner, J. (2011). A collegiate definition of leadership and leadership development. Master's
  • Thesis.
  • So You Can Communicate, but Can You Connect?: NRHH Leadership Retreat September 2010
  • Conflict Mediation: Governor's School Counselor Training June 2010
  • Let's Work Together: Resident Assistant Spring Training January 2010
  • Research Made Easy: Resident Assistant Fall Training August 2009
  • Baumgardner, J, et al. Solving a Hamiltonian Path Problem with a bacterial computer. Journal of
  • Biological Engineering, 3(11), 2009. doi: 10.1186/1754-1611-3-11
  • Tag You're It Again!: Heartland Resident Assistant Conference October 2008
  • Semi-Annual Ping Pong Tournament: Scanlon Hall Programming April 2008
  • Using a Bacterial Computer to Solve the Hamiltonian Path Problem: iGEM November 2007