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.
Ryan P. Barone
Ryan P. Barone, Ph.D., is the Assistant Vice President for Student Success at Colorado State University reporting dually to Academic and Student Affairs, where he is also an affiliated faculty member in the Student Affairs in Higher Education and Higher Education Leadership graduate programs. Dr. Barone received his B.S. from SUNY Fredonia, his M.S. from Colorado State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Denver in Higher Education with a specialization in Diversity and Higher Learning. He has published or co-published book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and presented sessions and delivered keynote addresses at regional and national conferences on topics related to social justice, equity in community colleges, interpersonal violence prevention, and closing achievement gaps.
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's 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.
Dr. Jody Donovan is an assistant professor for the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Master's degree program and co-advises doctoral students within the Higher Education Leadership (HEL) program within the School of Education. She has taught and advised students within the SAHE program for over 20 years. In addition, Jody currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Colorado State University. Jody's research interests include student development theories, student affairs professional competencies, third culture kids/global nomads, and student affairs and higher education in a global context. She has taught student development theory at Beijing Normal University in China, presented two-day intensive NASPA International Student Services Institutes (NISSI) in Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi, and co-lead field experiences with graduate students to explore higher education and student affairs in Qatar, China, Hong Kong, Morocco, Vietnam and South Korea. In spring of 2017, Jody served as Dean of Students for Semester at Sea, traveling to 10 countries over 4 months with 600 students on a floating university.
Jody earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado, received her Master's Degree in Counseling and College Student Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Jody has worked for over 30 years in a variety of Student Affairs positions at both large, public and small, private institutions. In every position, the highlight of her day is working directly with students.
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.
Dr. Jennifer Johnson is currently the program Co-Chair for the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program (SAHE) and works as the Assistant Director for the Office for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement Office (SLiCE) where she oversees community engagement and service-learning programs as well as campus food insecurity initiatives. She holds her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in Genetics and Cell Biology, her Master's degree from Colorado State University in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University.
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. Sisneros currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, teaches and advises in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Master's Program, and serves as an advisor for doctoral students in the Higher Education and Leadership program in the School of Education. In 2010, she earned her Ed.D. Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at UMass Amherst, her M.S. in 1994 from Northern Arizona, and her B.S. in 1992 from Eastern New Mexico University. Her professional career in student affairs has been dedicated specifically to diversity and social justice, and seeking ways to create equity within the university setting.
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).