Tanya Wineland

Ph.D Student, School of Education
Expected Graduation: May 2025
Program Area: Educational Psychology

Headshot for 2022 of Tanya Wineland, VCU Holmes Scholar.Education

  • Ph.D. in Education: Educational Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University (May 2025)
  • M.S. in Academic Advising, Kansas State University
  • B.F.A. in Theatre: Performance, Virginia Commonwealth University

Line of Research

My line of research centers on multicultural undergraduate transfer students’ sense of belonging. Specifically, I examine their educational and motivational experiences in the post-transfer period. My research aims to further conversation on emerging transfer student identity for the educational psychology and academic advising fields.

Selected Research and Scholarship

Wineland, T. (2019, March). Cultivating dual resilience: Teaching shame recovery and image rebuilding through academic advising. Academic Advising Today, 42(1). https://tinyurl.com/acadvtoday2019421


SDV 100 - College Success Skills; Germanna Community College, Fall 2019
Course explores science and nature of learning across academic, career and life-long pursuits. Introduces ways to improve academic and personal habits for success in the college environment and beyond.


Tanya Wineland is a first-year doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education in the Educational Psychology track. She received her master’s degree in academic advising from Kansas State University. She is installed as an undergraduate academic advisor at the VCU School of Business where the transfer student population has a substantial presence.

What does the Holmes Scholars Program mean to you?

As a first-generation student of mixed-racial heritage, and former transfer student, I bring who I am to the research. Feeling safe being my authentic self through this work in a collaborative environment is a priority, and this is what the Holmes Scholars Program means for me. It offers a navigable path to a meaningful career in academia working alongside incredible researchers, attending professional development events, and engaging regular mentorship while deepening commitment to scholarship. I am honored to be a VCU Holmes Scholar.

Curriculum Vitae