Department Chair & M.S.Ed. Program Director

Tori Svoboda  Profile of Tori Svoboda  Meet with me

Associate Professor
345F Morris Hall
tsvoboda@uwlax.edu
608.785.6759

Specialty areas:

intersections of gender, racial/ethnic, and social class identities; orientation, transition and retention programs; program assessment; budget management; supervision; social justice education

Ed.D. Program Director

Becki Elkins  Profile of Becki Elkins

Associate Professor
345 Morris Hall
belkins@uwlax.edu
608.785.6489

Specialty areas:

Higher education organization and governance; higher education history; student affairs law and policy; assessment of student learning and program efficiency; social class identity; and college students in recovery.

Full-time Faculty

Becki Elkins  Profile of Becki Elkins

Associate Professor
345 Morris Hall
belkins@uwlax.edu
608.785.6489

Specialty areas:

Higher education organization and governance; higher education history; student affairs law and policy; assessment of student learning and program efficiency; social class identity; and college students in recovery.

Adele Lozano  Profile of Adele Lozano

Assistant Professor
345 Morris Hall
alozano@uwlax.edu
608.785.6871

Specialty areas:

Latinx Student Leadership Development; Student Development; Student Retention

Tori Svoboda  Profile of Tori Svoboda  Meet with me

Associate Professor
345F Morris Hall
tsvoboda@uwlax.edu
608.785.6759

Specialty areas:

intersections of gender, racial/ethnic, and social class identities; orientation, transition and retention programs; program assessment; budget management; supervision; social justice education

Jörg Vianden  Profile of Jörg Vianden

Professor
345D Morris Hall
jvianden@uwlax.edu
608.785.6870

Specialty areas:

College student persistence; Men and masculinities in higher education; Whiteness studies

Clinical and Affiliated Faculty

Kris Anderson

Kris Anderson

Associate Lecturer

kanderson2@uwlax.edu
715.379.8125

Specialty areas:
Admissions and Recruitment, Strategic Enrollment Management, and Scholarly Personal Narrative Methodology.

SAA Courses Taught:
808, 875

 

Charlotte Davidson

Charlotte Davidson

Independent Scholar, Associate Lecturer

cdavidson@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:
Indigenous/Diné Women, Indigenous/Diné Leadership, and Indigenous Higher Education

SAA Courses Taught:
810

Dre Domingue

Dre Domingue

Assistant Dean of Students, Associate Lecturer

Assistant Dean of Students at Davidson 

adomingue@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:
College student development, student leadership and activism, critical pedagogy and facilitation, campus equity and inclusion, Black feminist theory and intersectionality

SAA Courses Taught: 
702, 820

Vitaliano Figueroa

Vitaliano Figueroa

Vice Chancellor, Associate Lecturer

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

vfigueroa@uwlax.edu

SAA Courses Taught:
760

 

Robin Hart Ruthenbeck

Robin Hart Ruthenbeck

Vice President, Associate Lecturer

Vice President of Student Affairs at Kenyon

rhartruthenbeck@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:
Specific areas of interest include new student transition, belonging, first-generation and underrepresented students, equity and inclusion and student accessibility.

SAA Courses Taught:
720, 730

Jaimie Hoffman

Jaimie Hoffman

Vice President, Associate Lecturer

Vice President for Student Affairs at Noodle Partners

jhoffman@uwlax.edu

SAA Courses Taught: 
704

Leilani Kupo

Leilani Kupo

Interim Dean of Students, Associate Lecturer

Interim Dean of Students at The University of Nevada, Reno

lkupo@uwlax.edu

SAA Courses Taught:
708

Saby Labor

Saby Labor

Director, Associate Lecturer

Director of Gender and Sexual Centers for Queer and Trans Life at The University of Minnesota 

slabor@uwlax.edu

SAA Courses Taught:
700

Anh Le

Anh Le

PIESL Advisor/Success Coach, Associate Lecturer

PIESL (Programs in English as a Second Language) Advisor/Success Coach at The University of Nebraska - Lincoln

ale@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:
College Student Development, College Student Personnel, International Education, Asian and Asian American student development, International student development.

SAA Courses Taught:
706

Heidi Levine

Heidi Levine

Vice President, Associate Lecturer

Vice President for Student Development and Planning at Simpson College 

hlevine@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:
College Mental Health & Counseling, Higher Education Leadership, and Crisis Management.

SAA Courses Taught: 
840

Kristin McKinney

Kristin McKinney

Director, Associate Lecturer
Director of Student Affairs Information and Research Office at The University of California - Los Angeles 

kmckinney@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:
Institutional research and assessment.
Research on student experiences and outcomes, particularly related to co-curricular experiences and well-being.

SAA Courses Taught:
835, 845

Stacy Narcotta-Welp

Stacy Narcotta-Welp

Director, Associate Lecturer

Director of Student Support Services 

snarcotta-welp@uwlax.edu
608.785.8534

Specialty areas:
Leadership development training and instruction, including Strengths-based Leadership, Culturally Intelligent Leadership, and NCBI workshops.

SAA Courses Taught: 
704

Ingrid Peterson

Ingrid Peterson

Associate Lecturer

ipeterson@eagle.uwlax.edu

SAA Courses Taught: 
706

 

Larry Ringgenberg

Larry Ringgenberg

Director, Associate Lecturer

Director of University Centers

lringgenberg@uwlax.edu
608.785.8882

Specialty areas:
University Centers, Student Development, organizational development.

SAA Courses Taught: 
702

Paul Shepherd

Paul Shepherd

System Director, Associate Lecturer

System Director for Student Development and Success at Minnesota State System

pshepherd@uwlax.edu
608.785.8087

Specialty areas:
Student Engagement,  Basic Needs Security, Co-curricular Assessment, Shared Governance, Leadership Development, Administration in Higher Education, Persistence, Sociodemographic differences in student engagement, Community Development.

SAA Courses Taught: 
760

Kerri Smith

Kerri Smith

Assistant Director, Associate Lecturer

Assistant Director of Faculty Programs at New York University

ksmith2@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:
Faculty and student affairs partnerships, assessment, residence life & housing services. 

SAA Courses Taught:  
825

Krista Soria

Krista Soria

Director, Associate Lecturer

Director of Student Affairs Assessment, University Finance at The University of Minnesota 

ksoria@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:
 
Quantitative and qualitative research on the following topics: campus climate, the experiences of underrepresented and marginalized students (e.g., first-generation students, working-class students, BIPOC students), high-impact practices, students' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health, social class, leadership development, civic engagement, community service and service-learning, and strengths-based approaches in higher education.

SAA Courses Taught: 
765

Brooke Strahn-Koller

Brooke Strahn-Koller

Executive Dean, Associate Lecturer

Executive Dean at Kirkwood Community College

bstrahn-koller@uwlax.edu

Specialty areas:
Community College, Leadership and Administration

SAA Courses Taught: 
704, 720

Mary Vahala

Mary Vahala

Associate Director, Associate Lecturer

Associate Director of University Centers
mvahala@uwlax.edu
608.785.8888

SAA Courses Taught: 
760, 775

Members of our community who are not listed individually above include:

  • the many alumni who support our program in numerous ways, including volunteering their time to assist with recruiting, generously donating scholarships, and advancing our field in their positions, or
  • the site supervisors at UWL and several other campuses who support master's students in graduate assistantships or practicum, or
  • the many graduate faculty affiliated with our department who graciously support our doctoral students by serving on dissertation committees.

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