John Summerlot

Director of Veterans Support Services

Phone: 812-856-1985


  • Currently a doctoral candidate (Ed.D.) in the Higher Education program , Indiana University
  • Master of Science in Counseling, Mississippi State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy/History, Mississippi State University
  • Certification: Associate Emergency Manager from the International Association of Emergency Managers
  • Certification: National Association for Search and Rescue certified instructor and SARTECH II


John has researched and published on a number of topics related to the experiences of veterans and military students in higher education. His experience includes examinations of campus climate towards the military and veterans, training of faculty, staff, and students on veteran’s issues, and the development and intersectionality of identity amongst veterans.

John is also an avid historical researcher on the relationship between the military and higher education. He has researched and spoken about the history of military science (including ROTC) in higher education, IU’s military history, and IU’s Golden Book. He serves as lead researcher on issues related to the Golden Book.

Additionally, John has served over 14 years in the military including service in the US Marine Corps and Army National Guard. He currently serves in the Indiana Guard Reserve as the executive officer of the Search and Rescue Training Team and an emergency management specialist. He is involved with emergency management at IU, locally, and with the state of Indiana. He has written and published on issues related to missing college students and serves as a consultant to other universities on both procedural development and missing student response.

John has been an instructor at IU Bloomington since 2004 and has taught in both the School of Education and the School of Public Health. He has worked in higher education since 2001 with considerable time spent in residence life, student conduct, and emergency management.