Josh Alvarez

Assistant Director, Support & Safety Assessment

Joshua Alvarez, Assistant Director of Support & Safety Assessment at Colorado State University. He is currently working on his PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. Originally from Nebraska, he completed his bachelor’s at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and received his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Maryland. Prior to working at Colorado State University, he worked as a Residence Director at New Mexico State University. Josh’s work with CSU’s behavioral intervention team and with students struggling with mental health and substance use concerns has lead him to pursue research in college student mental health in his PhD program.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.A. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
  • In Progress – Ph.D. Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 675 – Campus Crisis Management

Research Interests:Student Retention and Persistence, Crisis Management

Media Links: “The positive impact of higher education”, NASPA Region IV-W, 2017

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Emily Ambrose

Assistant Director of Pride Resource Center

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Communication and GLBT Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 590K – Leadership and Service in Higher Education Workshop

Research Interests: Leadership Development, Sexuality and Gender, Race and Ethnicity

James H. Banning

Professor Emeritus, Instructor, School of Education

Degree Background:

  • Ph.D. Psychology, Student Affairs Administration

Role in SAHE: Faculty
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 674: Campus Ecology

Research Interests: Campus Physical Environments, Campus Ecology, and Organizational Place Building

Ryan Barone

Director, Student Leadership and Development, Aims Community College

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Human Communication, State University of New York, College at Fredonia
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Higher Education, University of Denver

Role in SAHE: Instructor, Advisor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 661 – Inclusive University

Research Interests: Social Justice Leadership, Equity (emphasis on two-year colleges), Violence Prevention, Critical Qualitative Research Methods

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Kris Binard

Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Success, Front Range Community College

Kris currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success at Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Colorado. FRCC is a public, two-year college that serves over 30,000 students annually in Westminster, Longmont, Fort Collins, and Brighton. While at FRCC, she held positions of Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Student Life/Longs Peak Student Center. She has worked for over 20 years in the Colorado Community College System and brings the community college perspective to the SAHE program.

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Merchandising and Design, Colorado State University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Innovation, University of Colorado at Denver

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 670 – College Student Personnel Administration

Research Interests: Community College Leadership, Succession Planning

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Dwight Burke

Director, Support and Safety Assessment
Director, Title IX Programs

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Natural Resources Management/ Watershed Sciences, Colorado State University
  • M.S. Organizational Leadership, Chadron State College
  • Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught: EDHE 675 – Campus Crisis Management

Craig Chesson

Associate Dean of Students

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Hotel/ Resort Management, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Highe Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor, Advisor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 678: Capstone in Student Affairs

Research Interests: African American Male/ Student Success

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Hermen Diaz

Assistant Director of Involvement, Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE)

Degree Background:

  • B.A., Grand Valley State University
  • M.S., Buffalo State College – SUNY
  • In progress – Ph.D., Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor

Research Interests: Campus ecology, Latinx students and Latinx Cultural Centers

Allison Dineen

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, College of Business

Degree Background:

  • BA, San Jose State University
  • MSBSA Business, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught: EDHE 660 – Financial Management in Student Affairs
Research Interests: Fiscal Environment of Higher Education, Internal Controls, Business Ethics

Amy Dinise-Halter

Student Success Projects Manager

Dr. Amy Dinise-Halter is an Assistant Professor in the Student Affairs and Higher Education program and serves as the Student Success Manager at Colorado State University. In this dual appointment, Amy serves as a thought leader and contributor to CSU’ Student Success Initiatives by overseeing the Academic Success Coordinator Network and working with Student Success technologies. In the classroom, Amy teaches the Student Affairs and Higher Education MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Capstone in Student Affairs and Higher Education, and Program Evaluation.

Dr. Dinise-Halter’s research agenda focuses on student affairs new professional identity development, and student success research including academic guidance, high impact practices, and persistence and graduation gaps. Amy earned her Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership with a minor in Applied Statistics and Research Methods; her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University; and her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State Fullerton. When Amy’s not on campus, you will find her hanging out with her partner and two boys.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Liberal Studies and Human Services, California State Fullerton
  • M.S.Ed. Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University
  • Ph.D. Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE: Advisor, Teach MOOC, Assistantship Coordinator
Research Interests: New Professionals in Student Affairs, Professional Identity Development, Graduate Student Transition, Student Success, High Impact Practices, Retention and Graduation Gaps, Advising Practices
Media Links: High Tech Touch, The Magazine, Fall 2017
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Jody Donovan

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs/
Dean of Students/
SAHE Program Co-Chair

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Psychology/ Criminal Justice, Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • M.A. Counseling and Educational Psychology (emphasis: College Student Development), University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D. Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE: Program Co-Chair, Assistant Professor, Advisor
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 673 – College Student Development Theory
  • EDUC 696 – Global Perspectives in Higher Education and Student Services

Research Interests: Parents and Families of College Students, First Generation Students, Multiracial College Students, Internationalizing the Profession, Work/Life Rhythm
Additional Information:

  • Dean of Student Life, Semester at Sea, Spring 2017 Voyage
  • NASPA Pillar of the Profession Award Recipient
  • NASPA IV-W Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient
  • NASPA IV-W Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Marybeth Drechsler Sharp

Executive Director, Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS)

Dr. Marybeth Drechsler Sharp is Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), a role she has held since 2012. Prior to joining CAS, she completed her doctorate in College Student Personnel at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), where she also has served as an adjunct instructor and internship supervisor. Previously, she worked with leadership and service-learning in UMD’s College Park Scholars living-learning program and in residence life at the University of Missouri and the University of Central Missouri. Drechsler Sharp served as a research team member for the National Study of Living-Learning Programs and the Autoethnographic Research Group. An author of several book chapters and journal articles, she has researched, written, and presented on topics of student learning outcomes, professional standards, assessment and evaluation, student leadership, dimensions of identity development, student engagement in living-learning environments, and the motives and experiences of faculty members involved with living-learning programs. Drechsler Sharp holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Writing from Millikin University and a master’s in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Missouri. She has been honored for her professional service in student affairs and higher education, including as recipient of the William L. “Bud” Thomas Jr. Award for Mentoring from UMD’s Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education; the Mizzou ’39 Faculty/Staff Mentor Award at the University of Missouri (twice); the Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional Award from ACPA: College Student Educators International; and the Outstanding New Professional Award from the Missouri College Personnel Association.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. American Studies, Millikin University
  • M.S. College Student Personnel Administration, University of Central Missouri
  • Post Master’s Certification, Residence Education, ACPA and University of Missouri
  • Ph.D. College Student Personnel Administration, University of Maryland-College Park

 

 

Mike Ellis

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs
Executive Director, Lory Student Center
Assistant Professor, School of Education

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Social Ecology, University of California – Irvine
  • M.A. College Student Personnel, University of Maryland – College Park
  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Policy, University of Utah

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 670: College Student Personnel Administration

Research Interests: College Unions & Auxiliary Services, Organizational Change in Higher Education
Additional Information: NACAS Vice President

Oscar Felix

Associate Vice President for Diversity and Enrollment and Access

Dr. Felix currently serves as Associate Vice President for Diversity at Colorado State University to develop inclusive learning and working environments where everyone is welcomed, valued and affirmed. Previously, Dr. Felix worked in TRIO/College Access & Success programs for over 27 years, including EOC, Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Bridge Scholars Program, and institutionally-funded programs with similar mission of creating pathways to college for first generation, low-income students. For over 20 years, he has served on state policy initiative efforts to increase college access and success for all students across Colorado. As Assistant Professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) masters program, Dr. serves as graduate student advisor and co-instructor for three courses: Ethics, Global Perspectives on Student Affairs & Services, and Access and Opportunity in Higher Education. Dr. has previously served as Director of NASPA’s International Symposium, and faculty for the NASPA International Student Services Institute. As Chair of the Council for Opportunity in Education, the national association representing college access and success professional and the Federal TRIO Programs, Dr. Felix provided leadership in the development of the first ever College Access and Success Graduate Certificate Program offered through Colorado State University, and serves as instructor for the Foundations in Access and Success course.

Dr. Felix earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Alliant/U.S. International University, and his Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and Ph.D. in Education from Colorado State University. Dr. Felix’s dissertation studied success factors of under-prepared students attending an institution with selective admissions standards. The research on first generation, low-income students who came to Colorado State University through nontraditional pathways revealed the need for connectedness throughout the college experience. Successful students were fortunate to come across pockets of support, typically provided by a faculty member who took a particular interest in the student’s success. The study findings suggest that these accidental encounters of support may leave many students without such support, leading to a lack of college completion. The students in the study also exhibited a high degree of resiliency that can be nurtured through key institutional interventions and faculty engagement.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. International Relations, United States International University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Education and Human Resource Studies, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 696 – Global Perspectives in Student Affairs and Services
  • EDHE 672 – Ethical and Practical Issues in Student Affairs
  • EDHE 590J – Access and Opportunity Workshop

Additional Information:

  • 2013 Chair-Elect for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE)
  • 2014-15 Board of Directors Chair for the COE
  • Former Director of NASPA International Symposium

Media Links: 

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Karen Gardenier

Assistant Director, International Programs

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Art History, Oberlin College
  • M.A. Art History, Northwestern University
  • Ph.D. Educational and International Development Studies, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Course Taught:

  • IE 692 – Critical Issues in International Education

Research Interests: Education Abroad, Internationalizing the Curriculum, and Intercultural Communication

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Paul Giberson

Regional Director of Recruitment

Paul was born and raised in Breckenridge, Colorado, and started my skiing career at age 2! Skiing is Paul’s passion and carried him to Western State Colorado University where Paul earned a degree in Kinesiology while competing on the cross country ski team. Paul graduated from the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program at Colorado State University in 2005 before beginning work on a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at University of Northern Colorado. Currently, Paul works at Western State Colorado University as the Associate Director for Residence Life and Conference Services. In addition to working at Western, Paul teaches EDRM 698 Research/Portfolio and EDUC 868A Practicum in the CSU Online SAHE program. Paul loves the outdoors and spends free time on the side of a mountain with two wonderful Miniature Australian shepherds, Zumi and Dayton.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Exercise and Sports Science, Western State Colorado University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Courses Taught:

  • EDRM 698 – Research
  • EDUC 686A – Practicum

Research Interests: Higher Education Policy, Transfer Students, Social Media

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Laura Giles

Director, Residence Life

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Mathematics and Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College
  • M.A. Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 678 – Capstone in Student Affairs

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Pamela Graglia

Student Engagement Coordinator, INTO CSU

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • M.S. College Student Development, Western Illinois University
  • Ph.D. Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor
Course Taught:

  • EDRM 698: Research Methods I

 

Lea Hanson

Assistant Professor, Independent Consultant

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Psychology, University of North Dakota
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Organizational Performance and Change, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 502: Human Relations in Higher Education

Research Interests: Organizational Development, Generations in the Workplace, Leadership, Organizational Values, Organizational Branding

John Henderson

Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Parent and Family Program

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Political Science, UC Davis
  • M.A. Multicultural Education, University of New Mexico
  • Ph.D. Cultural Studies/Education, University of Colorado – Boulder

Role in SAHE: Instructor, Advisor
Courses Taught:

  • CN 2395: Exploring the Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession

Research Interests: Racial Identity Development, Social Construction of Learning

Anne Hudgens

Executive Director, CSU Health Network

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Communications Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • Ed.S. College Student Personnel Administration, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDUC 502 – Human Relations in Higher Education

Blanche Hughes

Vice President for Student Affairs

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Physical Education, Earlham College
  • M.Ed. College Student Personnel Administration, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Sociology, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Course Taught: EDHE 671 – Higher Education Administration
Research Interests: Higher Education, Diversity and Inclusion, Athletics

Jen Johnson

Assistant Director, Office for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement

Dr. Jennifer Johnson is a Tri-Chair in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Program at Colorado State University (CSU), mainly focusing her efforts on the Online Master’s and Certificate Programs. She teaches Student Development Theory in the Online SAHE program and the Leadership and Service workshop in the Residential SAHE program. Dr. Johnson also serves as the Assistant Director in the Office for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLICE) at CSU where she organizes community engagement opportunities for students. Her research interests include service-learning and campus food insecurity. In her free time, Dr. Johnson enjoys skiing and riding her bike with her partner and three children.

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Education and Human Resource Studies, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor, Advisor
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 673 – Student Development Theory
  • EDHE 590K – Leadership and Service Workshop

Research Interests: Service-Learning, Co-Curricular Community Engagement, Racial Attitudes

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Bobby Kunstman

Senior Associate Director for the Carolina Union, UNC Chapel Hill

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Social Sciences, Florida State University
  • M.S. Leadership Development, North Central College
  • Ph.D. Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught: Co-Teach SAHE MOOC (online)
Research Interests: Racial identity development, sexual identity development, leadership development, and sense of belonging

Dave McKelfresh

Executive Director for Assessment & Research/Co-Director of Higher Education Leadership, Doctoral Program

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Political Science, Colorado State University
  • M.Ed. College Student Personnel Administration, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. College Student Personnel Administration, University of Northern Colorado
  • Management Development Program, Harvard University

Role in SAHE: Former Instructor of Six Different SAHE Classes, Advisor, Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Ethical Development of College Students, Third Place Environments on the College Campus, Today’s College Student

Zach Mercurio

Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change Trainer/ Consultant

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Print Journalism/ Cultural Communication, James Madison University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • In Progress – Ph.D. Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 671 – Higher Education Administration
  • EDHE 676 – Organizational Behavior in Student Affairs

Research Interests: Organizational Behavior and Development, Training and Development, Emotional Employee Commitment, Meaningfulness of Work

Teresa Metzger

Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives, Residence Life

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Toledo
  • M.A. College Student Development, Appalachian State University

Role in SAHE: Advisor for SAHE Journal
Research Interests: Student Affairs Trends and Assessment, Retention, High Impact Practices, Learning Communities

Lisa Miller

Director of Specialty Counseling Services, Health Network

Degree Background:

  • B.G.S. University of Iowa
  • MDV San Francisco Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D. Philosophy, Educational Leadership, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Course Taught: EDHE673
Research Interests: Substance use, addictions, and spirituality

Janinne Mohr

Associate Legal Counsel, Colorado State Univerity System

Degree Background:

  • B.A., Colorado State University
  • J.D., University of Denver

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 677 – Law in Student Affairs

Research Interests: Constitutional Law

Susana Muñoz

Assistant Professor of Higher Education/Co-Director of Higher Education Leadership, Doctoral Program

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Political Science and International Studies, Iowa State University
  • M.S. Student Affairs and Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 672 – Student Development Theory
  • EDHE 705 – Qualitative Research Analysis
  • EDHE 715 – Public Policy and Higher Education

Research Interests: College Access and Persistence; Identity Development; Diverse Students in Higher Education; Undocumented Students; Critical Perspectives in Latino/a Critical Theory, Chicana Feminist Epistemology, Counterstory-Telling

Kelly Nolin

Senior Associate Director, Office of Admissions

Degree Background:

  • B.A. English and Philosophy, University of Redlands
  • M.A. English, Old Dominion University
  • Ph.D. Higher Education Administration, University of Denver

Role in SAHE: Advisor

Research Interests: Student character development, recruitment and enrollment management

Tae Nosaka

Director, Key Communities and Community for Excellence

University Learning Communities Coordinator

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Natural Resources Management with Concentration in Conservation Biology, Colorado State University
  • M.S. Student Affairs and Higher Education, Colorado State University

 

Heather Novak

Research Manager, Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Anthropology, Colorado State University
  • M.A. Cultural Anthropology, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. Research Methodology, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 662- Trends, Issues, and Assessment in Higher Education
  • EDHE 666 – Program Evaluation

Research Interests: Undergraduate Student Success – Focuses on Historically Underrepresented Students

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Kyle Oldham

Associate Director of Housing and Dining Services for Diversity, Inclusion and Assessment

Kyle Oldham is the Associate Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Assessment in Housing & Dining Services at Colorado State University. He earned his B.A. in Speech Communications with a minor in Chemistry from Baldwin Wallace University, his M.S. in Student Affairs Higher Education (SAHE) from Colorado State University and his Ed. D in Social Justice Education from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kyle has fifteen years of higher education experience in residence life, with specific intersections of diversity education and programming, student leadership and engagement and training. His professional interests include housing, diversity education and training, assessment and critical reflection and analysis as a method of self-development.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Speech Communications, Baldwin Wallace University
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • Ed.D. Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Courses Taught:

  • EDRM 698: Research Methods 1
  • EDRM 698: Research Methods 2

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Moises Padilla

Assistant Director, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • In progress – Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Higher Education

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Courses Taught:

  • EDRM 660: Financial Management in Student Affairs
  • EDRM 670: College Student Personnel Administration

Research Interests: 

  • Access, adjustment and success of underrepresented students
  • Higher education administration

Karla Perez-Velez

Assistant Director, Apartment Life for Staff Selection, Training, and Development of Intercultural Teams

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Sociology, Coastal Carolina University
  • M.A. Education (Emphasis: Counseling and Student Affairs), Western Kentucky University
  • In Progress – Ph.D. Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, University of Northern Colorado

Role in SAHE:Advisor for SAHE Journal, Instructor
Research Interests: Women in Higher Education, International Issues in Higher Education, Retention and Success, Latina/o College Completion and Academic Support, Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Academia

Andrea Reeve

Educational Consultant

Degree Background:

  • B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A. Education, Western Kentucky University
  • ABD Adult Learning & Postsecondary Education, University of Wyoming

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught: EDHE672 – Ethical and Practical Issues in Student Affairs
Research Interests: Educational Access in Higher Education, Student Persistence and Retention, CAS Standards, Professional Global Competencies, Learning Strategies, Freshman Seminars

Barb Richardson

Associate Director, Assessment and Strategic Initiatives, Career Center

Barbara Richardson is the Associate Director of Assessment and Strategic Initiative in the Career Center at Colorado State University. She earned her B.A. in history from Colorado College and her M.S. in College Student Personnel from Miami University (Ohio). Barb has fifteen years of higher education experience focused in the career services functional area. Her previous roles include Assistant Director/Career Liaison to the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU, Alumni Career Programs Coordinator at University of Vermont, and Career Counselor at University of Vermont. Her professional interests include assessment, student success outcomes, and demonstrating the value of higher education.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. History, Colorado College
  • M.S. College Student Personnel, Miami University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Courses Taught:

  • EDHE 662 – Trends, Issues, and Assessment in Higher Education
  • EDHE 590E – Career Services Workshop

Media Links: 

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Carmen Rivera

Talent Manager for Organizational Development, Division of Student Affairs

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Spanish & Hispanic Studies, University of Northern Colorado
  • In Progress: Ph.D. Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 672 – Ethical & Practical Issues in Student Affairs

Additional Information: Faculty Member, Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), Co-Lead Facilitator, LeaderShape

Kathy Sisneros

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Communications, Eastern New Mexico University
  • M.S. Counseling – Student Personnel, Northern Arizona University
  • Ed.D. Education Policy and Leadership, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Role in SAHE: Assistant Professor, Advisor
Course Taught: EDHE 661 – Inclusive University
Research Interests: Students of Color at Predominately White Institutions (PWIs); Inequities in Policies and Practices within Higher Education; Critical Race Theory within Higher Education

Dafina-Lazarus (D-L) Stewart

Professor, School of Education

SAHE Program Tri-Chair

Pronouns: ze, zim, zir

I am beginning my 17th academic year as a faculty member at Colorado State University, proudly serving as part of the leadership for the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) master’s program in the School of Education. In my research, I endeavor to be a critical and post-structural scholar, educator, and activist focused on empowering and imagining futures that sustain and cultivate the learning, growth, and success of marginalized groups in U.S. higher education institutions. My work is motivated by an ethic of love grounded in justice and informed by an intersectional framework that recognizes both the lived experiences of individuals with multiple marginalities, as well as the material effects of interlocking systems of oppression. I am most interested in the philosophy and history of higher education, institutional transformation toward realizing equity and justice, and how higher education environments function within society and as a crucible for the learning and development of minoritized student, staff, and faculty populations.

Degree Background:

  • B.A. Sociology, Kalamazoo College
  • M.A. Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University
  • Ph.D. Educational Administration and Higher Education, The Ohio State University

Role in SAHE: Program Tri-Chair, Professor
Course Taught: EDHE 673 – College Student Development Theory
Research Interests: Dr. Stewart’s research is focused on empowering and imagining futures that sustain and cultivate the learning, growth, and success of minoritized groups in U.S. higher education institutions.  Zir work is motivated by an ethic of love grounded in justice and informed by an intersectional framework that recognizes both the lived experiences of individuals with multiple marginalities, as well as the material effects of interlocking systems of oppression.  Ze has focused zir research most intently on issues of race and ethnicity, sexuality, and gender, as well as religion, faith, and spirituality in zir research, teaching, and service to professional organizations and institutions across the nation.

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Mari Strombom

Interim Executive Director, Housing and Dining Services

Mari is currently employed as the Interim Executive Director of Housing & Dining Services at Colorado State University and is a CSU alumnus, having graduated with a M. Ed. In College Student Personnel Administration. Mari is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education and had co-taught Organizational Behavior in Student Affairs for the Student Affairs in Higher Education program for 8 years. Mari’s areas of interest lie in understanding how to impact positive change in organizations and how to provide support for students across all identities and identity intersections to facilitate their success.

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Interpersonal Communications and Psychology, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
  • M.Ed. College Student Personnel Administration, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 676 – Organizational Behavior in Student Affairs

Research Interests: Organizational Development, Training, Leadership Development, Housing

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Leslie Taylor

Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Communications

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Human Development and Nutrition, University of Oklahoma
  • M.S. Human Development and Nutrition, University of Oklahoma

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 672 – Ethical & Practical Issues in Student Affairs

Kerry Wenzler

Director, Orientation and Transition Programs

Degree Background:

  • In progress – Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University
  • B.S. Psychology, Colorado State University
  • M.A. Student Personnel Services, University of South Carolina

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 670: College Student Personnel Administration

Lance Wright

Director, Campus Activities

Degree Background:

  • B.S. Social Work, University of Kansas
  • M.S. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

Role in SAHE: Instructor
Course Taught:

  • EDHE 661 – Inclusive University