Ellyn Couillard

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Contact Information

(850) 645-7040
Duxbury Hall 104T

Dr. Ellyn Couillard is a student affairs professional with over fifteen years of experience working in various areas of education. She has a passion for students and supports them holistically on their journeys. Dr. Couillard has worked in a multitude of areas in student affairs and student success including counseling, academic support, tutoring, career services, student organizations, leadership, and accessibility/disability support. Her research interests are in healthcare profession student development, service-learning, student success, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. 


PhD, University of South Florida
MS, St. Cloud State University
BA, The University of Georgia

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Shared Student Services Member Award, University of South Florida-Health, 2022
Program of the Year for Health Professionals with Disabilities Panel, University of South Florida-Health, 2022
Pride Award, University of South Florida, 2021
Outstanding Staff Award University of South Florida, 2020
Excellence in Research Award Journal of Diversity Management, Clute Institute, 2016
Star Award Division of Student Affairs, Mercer University, 2013


Couillard, E. K. (2022). Healthcare Profession Students of Color Participating in International Service-Learning (29254072) [Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida]. 

Couillard, E., & Higbee, J. L. (2018). Expanding the scope of Universal Design: Implications for gender identity and sexual orientation. Education Sciences, 8(3), 147.
Couillard, E. (2014). Handbook Highlight: Applying student development theory. CRLA NewsNotes, 38(3), 7.

Duranczyk, I. M., Myers, K. A., Couillard, E. K., Schoen, S., & Higbee, J. L. (2013). Enacting the spirit of the United Nations convention on the rights of persons with disabilities: The role of postsecondary faculty in ensuring access. Journal of Diversity Management (JDM), 8(2), 63-72.

Couillard, E. K, & Higbee, J. L. (2012). Applying recent student development theories to tutoring and mentoring. In IK. Agee & R. Hodges (Eds.), Handbook for training peer tutors and mentors (pp. 19-22). Mason, OH: Cengage Learning.

Higbee, J. L., & Couillard, E. K. (2012), Using foundational student development theories to guide practice. In K. Agee & R. Hodges (Eds.), Handbook for training peer tutors and mentors (pp. 15-18). Mason, OH: Cengage Learning.