Dr. Brent Bilodeau serves as the Assistant Vice-Chancellor for student affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Brent received a BA from the University of California–Irvine in psychology and his MA in college and university administration and PhD in higher, adult, and lifelong education from Michigan State University. Professionally, he has served in positions in residence life, student life/leadership, multicultural education, and LGBT student affairs. Brent has also served as a diversity trainer for the NCAA. His research interests and publications have included; holistic student learning, LGBT student identity development, college climate for transgender students, domestic student diversity, internationalization, and higher education leadership. Brent’s research on transgender college students has been recognized with a LGBT Knowledge Community Research Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Scholar Activist Award from the American Educational Research Association.
A former football student-athlete at the University of Alabama, Sean Frazier has 24 years of overall experience as a director of athletics at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, as an administrator at two Division I universities, as a coach and as a student-athlete. Prior to NIU, Frazier spent six years in senior leadership roles at the University of Wisconsin and was promoted to deputy director of athletics in 2011, Frazier's duties grew to include managing all day-to-day internal and external operations for Badger Athletics and serving as UW's "Chief of Staff" to Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez.
Frazier oversaw all fundraising and advancement activities at UW, including the annual fund, major gifts, suites and club seats, endowments, multimedia rights, ticket operations and alumni affairs. During his tenure at Wisconsin, he served as the administrator for three revenue-producing sports (football, men's basketball and men's ice hockey), providing direct support to the football program that won three consecutive Big Ten Conference Championships. Frazier also served as Chair of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Committee in 2011.
Frazier has written numerous papers, presented on topics of diversity, leadership and hiring at national meetings and served on many NCAA committees.
Frazier earned his bachelor's degree in communication from Alabama, has a master's degree in higher education/educational leadership from the University of Maine and is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Beth John has been working in higher education for 13 years in various leadership roles. She is currently serving as the Director of First Year Experience at UW-Whitewater. The First Year Experience office is responsible for summer orientation and registration programs, fall orientation programs, mentor programs, learning communities, new student seminar, and family programs. Beth also serves as an Advisor for the Edgewood College Doctoral program in Educational Leadership. She previously served as the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Activities at Edgewood College and provided leadership to areas of student activities, new student orientation, student organizations, leadership development, and commuter student services. Beth received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Edgewood College and her M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Beth believes deeply in the mission and values of UW-Whitewater and believes that this line of work is a "calling" for her. This is evident in her work with students, her commitment to social justice, and her thoughtful, ethical, and reflective practices.
Dr. Courtney Luedke received her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin in 2014. Her research focuses on college access, persistence, and success for undeserved populations including low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students in higher education. She is currently serving as a co-project investigator on a new study launched in the fall of 2014 titled, Academic and Career Socialization for Underrepresented Students (ACSUS). ACSUS is a longitudinal multisite case study developed to understand the role of academic and social support programs in socializing underrepresented students to undergraduate research, career preparation, and strategies for success in college. Her professional experiences center around pre-collegiate and summer bridge programs; undergraduate research experiences; and student support programs for first-generation students and Students of Color. Dr. Luedke currently co-teaches the intro to higher education course.
Mario G. Morris, J.D. currently serves as the Director of Financial Operations for the University Of Wisconsin Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, where he has primary oversight of the athletic department financial operations and budget which exceeds $100 million dollars. Mr. Morris is currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include higher education issues related to student-athletes as well as finance and legal issues in higher education. Prior to his current role, Mr. Morris worked for several years in the financial services industry. Mario teaches the NCAA Governance and Budget and Financial Management in Athletics and Higher Education courses.
Mr. Morris received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2006. He received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Alabama in 1994 where he was a starting linebacker for the University of Alabama football team that won the national championship in 1992.
Kristina Navarro is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Higher Education Leadership Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Navarro served as a higher education athletics administrator for seven years working with the UNC Division of Student-Athlete Development, Carolina Leadership Academy and University of Wisconsin Division of Student-Athlete Support Services. Dr. Navarro earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Master of Arts degree in Sport Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Sport Management, and Strength and Conditioning from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She continues to serve as a faculty liaison for student-athlete development programs at UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater. She currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Career Development, College Student Affairs Journal, Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Higher Education and Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. As a consultant for high impact student development programs, Dr. Navarro serves on an NCAA action team charged with developing a national student-athlete development curriculum. She has published numerous articles and book chapters focused on the student-athlete experience.
Dr. Jeremy Reed, has served as Director of Admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater since June 2015. Prior to his move to Wisconsin, Jeremy completed his PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa in May of 2015. A proud first-generation college graduate from rural Iowa, Jeremy’s research interests include social class issues, first-generation college student access and success, staff development, and organization and administration of higher education. Jeremy has worked on both public and private college campuses in the Midwest since 1998, with diverse positions in undergraduate and graduate admissions, residence life, orientation, academic advising, continuing education, and career services. His private college experiences include Assistant Director of Admission at Knox College and Director of Career Services at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Jeremy earned a B.A. in political science from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in 1998 and an M.Ed. in Higher Education and College Student Personnel from Kent State University in Ohio in 2004. Jeremy is currently teaching the Organization and Governance of Higher Education course. In his free time he enjoys outdoor activities, visiting his nieces and nephew in Iowa, playing video games, consuming copious amounts of baked goods, and cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes- not necessarily in that order.
Paige Smith, J.D. is a Senior System Legal Counsel in the Office of General Counsel for the University of Wisconsin System. Prior to joining the UW System, Paige was an Associate General Counsel at Southern Illinois University. She has served as legal counsel for higher education institutions since 2003. During her higher education career, she has handled many different legal topics, including but not limited to litigation management, labor and employment, campus safety and security, student affairs, student health care, contracts, diversity and compliance issues and bankruptcy and collections. In addition, Paige has prepared and presented numerous legal training programs for the campus community and presented on legal topics at local and national conferences. Before she began her work in higher education, Paige served as the City Attorney for the City of Carbondale, Illinois. Paige teaches the HELEAD 720 course - Legal Aspects in Higher Education.
Dr. Tom Rios serves as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Immediately after high school, he worked in Milwaukee for 5 years as a telephone operator, factory worker, janitor, and slaughterhouse butcher (he cut the heads off of steers). Upon losing one of his factory jobs, he entered a government program to help unskilled workers learn a new trade. It was in this program that he met a teacher who encouraged him to apply for college. He began college at the age of 23 years, and completed his undergraduate degree in 2.5 years.
Tom earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, his Masters degree from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. from Indiana State University. He has worked at Pima Community College (AZ), UW-Waukesha (WI), Dartmouth College (NH), Allegheny College (PA), Indiana State University (IN), Michigan State University (MI), and now back in his home state of Wisconsin. Dr. Rios is currently teaching the Introducation to Higher Education and Student Affairs course.
Dr. Elizabeth Watson, PhD, LPC, CRC currently serves as an instructor of the Assessment in Student Affairs (HELEAD 715) course. As a scholar-practitioner Dr. Watson currently is the Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities at UW-Whitewater and has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 24 years. Elizabeth was awarded her Bachelors and Masters from Steven F. Austin University and her PhD from UW-Madison in Rehabilitation Psychology. She has served as a higher education administrator for the past 14 years. Dr. Watson presents regionally and nationally regarding Universal Design and Students with Disabilities, transitioning to college and success, using universal design to create curricular access, and adaptive technologies for accessing learning. She is involved in governance and institutional committees at UW-W and within the UW-System. In addition to her higher education work she is a Licensed Practicing Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Elizabeth is a voracious reader and is often found simultaneously reading and watching kids baseball games while wearing sassy red pumps, which, by the way, she can run in.