Currently program co-chair for the Higher Education Leadership Ph.D. program at Colorado State University, Dr. Susana Muñoz is an assistant professor of higher education in the School of Education at CSU. Before accepting a faculty role at CSU, Dr. Muñoz served as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the administrative leadership department. Her scholarly interests center on the experiences of underserved populations in higher education. Specifically, she focuses her research on issues of access, equity, and college persistence for undocumented Latina/o students, while employing perspectives such as Latino critical race theory, Chicana feminist epistemology, and college persistence theory to identify and deconstruct issues of power and inequities as experienced by these populations.
Dr. OiYan Poon is an assistant professor of Higher Education Leadership in the School of Education at CSU. Her scholarly interests focus on the racial politics and discourses of college access, higher education organization and policy, affirmative action, and Asian Americans. Drawing from scholarly traditions of Critical Race Theory, sociology of race, and ethnic studies, Dr. Poon has employed a range of methods in her research including participatory action research, critical discourse analysis, case studies, ethnographic interviews, and geospatial/GIS analysis. Her research has recently been recognized with awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and ACPA: College Student Educators International. After earning her B.S. in management at Boston College and M.Ed. in college student affairs administration at the University of Georgia, OiYan worked in multicultural student affairs. She was the first Asian Pacific American Student Affairs director at George Mason University and the first Student Affairs Officer in Asian American Studies at UC Davis. After working for several years as a student affairs professional, she completed her Ph.D. in race and ethnic studies in education with a certificate in Asian American studies from UCLA.
Dr. David McKelfresh is an assistant professor and program co-chair of the Higher Education Leadership program in the School of Education at CSU. He has taught in the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program for 30 years at CSU and served as the SAHE program chair for the past nine years. Over the span of three decades, he has taught courses on Student Development Theory, Ethical and Practical Issues in the Profession, Higher Education Administration, Today's College Student, Assessment in Student Affairs, and the Student Affairs Capstone course. His administrative professional career is rooted in Residence Life in Housing. For the past 10 years, he has been serving in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs as the Executive Director of Assessment and Research. His research interests have focused on the ethical development of college students, third-place environments on college campuses, and residential living-learning programs. He received his B.A. in political science and M.S. in student affairs and higher education from Colorado State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado HESAL program.
Currently a professor in CSU's School of Education, Dr. Sharon Anderson previously served as director of graduate programs from 2006-2009. She holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Denver, and has been a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado since 1995. Dr. Anderson has been with Colorado State University since 1994 where her research interests include counseling, career development, counseling for justice, and higher education leadership.
Dr. Gene Gloeckner has been a professor of teacher education and research design at CSU since 1988. He currently serves as chair of research methods within the School of Education. Dr. Gloeckner earned his Ph.D. in 1983 from Ohio State University, his M.S. in 1977 from Colorado State University, and his B.S. in 1974 from Ohio State as well. His research interests include quantitative research methods, distance teaching and learning, and homelessness substance abuse.
Associate professor in the School of Education, Dr. Lynham holds two master's degrees and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2000 in work, community, and family education with a specialization in human resource development. Dr. Lynham's research areas include strategic human resource development, responsible leadership and leadership development (including scenario-based), and theory building research.
Dr. Carole Makela is currently the program chair of interdisciplinary studies in the School of Education at Colorado State. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in research and statistical methodology and her M.H.E. from CSU in consumer sciences and housing. Dr. Makela's research areas include teaching and learning, everyday life/consumer issues, research/scholarly productivity, and curriculum development. She has earned several awards for students and university service, as well as the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) Professional of the Year Award in 2010.
Dr. Dafina-Lazarus (D-L) Stewart (PGPs: he, they, or ze) is professor in the School of Education and Co-Coordinator of the Student Affairs in Higher Education programs and affiliated faculty with the Women's Studies program in the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research at Colorado State University. Over the course of his 17-year faculty career, ze has focused most intently on the history and philosophy of higher education, as well as institutional systems and structures that affect the postsecondary experiences, growth and development, and success of racially minoritized and queer and trans* students. D-L examines these topics through intersectional, critical, and poststructural frameworks that incorporate ableism, religious hegemony, and classism alongside racism, patriarchy, and queer- and trans-antagonism. In addition to over 50 journal publications and book chapters, D-L is an author or editor of three books, most recently, Black Collegians' Experiences in U.S. Northern Private Colleges: A Narrative History, 1945-1965 (Palgrave, 2017) and is co-editor with Elisa Abes and Susan R. Jones of a forthcoming text, Rethinking College Student Development Theory Using Critical Frameworks (Stylus, 2019).