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
345C 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
345C 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

Associate Professor
345E 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

Associate Lecturer

cdavidson@uwlax.edu

Independent Scholar

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

SAA Courses Taught:
800, 810

Dre Domingue

Dre Domingue

Associate Lecturer

adomingue@uwlax.edu

Assistant Dean of Students at Davidson College 

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

Associate Lecturer

vfigueroa@uwlax.edu

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at UWL

SAA Courses Taught:
760

 

Robin Hart Ruthenbeck

Robin Hart Ruthenbeck

Associate Lecturer

rhartruthenbeck@uwlax.edu

Dean of Students at Kenyon College

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

Associate Lecturer

jhoffman@uwlax.edu

Vice President for Student Affairs at Noodle Partners

SAA Courses Taught: 
704

Christopher Jorgensen

Christopher Jorgensen

Associate Lecturer

cjorgensen@uwlax.edu 

Director, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

SAA Courses Taught: 
720

Leilani Kupo

Leilani Kupo

Associate Lecturer

lkupo@uwlax.edu

Dean of Students at The University of Nevada, Reno

SAA Courses Taught:
708

Saby Labor

Saby Labor

Associate Lecturer

slabor@uwlax.edu

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

SAA Courses Taught:
700

Heidi Lang

Heidi Lang

Associate Lecturer

hlang@uwlax.edu

Associate Director of Social Education at the Wisconsin Union, UW-Madison

Specialties:  Student leadership and engagement; student activities and program planning; sense of belonging; first-generation college students.

SAA Courses Taught:
720

 

Anh Le

Anh Le

Associate Lecturer

ale@uwlax.edu

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

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

Associate Lecturer

hlevine@uwlax.edu

Vice President for Student Development and Planning at Simpson College 

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

SAA Courses Taught: 
840

Louis Macias

Louis Macias

Associate Lecturer

lmacias@uwlax.edu 

Executive Director of Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of WI - Madison Police Department

Specialty areas: diversity, equity and inclusion, strategic planning and leadership, student program development, policy and process improvement.

SAA Courses Taught: 
865

Kristen McKinney

Kristen McKinney

Associate Lecturer

kmckinney@uwlax.edu

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

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

Associate Lecturer

snarcotta-welp@uwlax.edu

Director of Student Support Services at UWL

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

SAA Courses Taught: 
704

Darrel Renier

Darrel Renier

Associate Lecturer

drenier@uwlax.edu

Director, Office of Academic Advising and Retention at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Specialty Areas: Academic advising, higher education administration and leadership, student retention and success, first-generation college students, academic and student affairs collaboration

SAA Courses Taught:
720

Paul Shepherd

Paul Shepherd

Associate Lecturer

pshepherd@uwlax.edu

System Director for Student Development and Success at Minnesota State System

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

Associate Lecturer

ksmith2@uwlax.edu

Assistant Director of Faculty Programs at New York University

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

SAA Courses Taught:  
825

Krista Soria

Krista Soria

Associate Lecturer

ksoria@uwlax.edu

Director of Student Affairs Assessment at The University of Minnesota 

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

Tawny Townsend

Tawny Townsend

Associate Lecturer

ttownsend@uwlax.edu

Tenured Faculty, Advising and College Success at Everett Community College (WA)

Specialty areas:
college student retention, persistence, and completion; orientation and first-year experience; academic advising; first-generation college students; community colleges; international education

SAA Courses Taught:
720

Mary Beth Vahala

Mary Beth Vahala

Associate Lecturer

mvahala@uwlax.edu

Associate Director of University Centers at UWL

SAA Courses Taught: 
760, 775

Dina Zavala

Dina Zavala

Associate Lecturer

dzavala@uwlax.edu 

Asst Vice Chancellor of Diversity & Inclusion at UWL

SAA Courses Taught: 
702

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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