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.
Dr. Katy Heyning is Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Heyning has a broad range of administrative experience in higher education including faculty development, assessment, program review and accreditation, strategic planning, curriculum development, global learning and managing external relations. Her research has focused on education policy, higher education reform and change, the university/state nexus throughout history and the application of postmodern theory to current reform efforts in teacher education. She has published variously on these issues including the co-edited book Dangerous Coagulations? The Uses of Foucault in the Study of Education(2004) and numerous articles on teacher education practice.
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 is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her research focuses on college access, persistence, and success for undeserved populations including first-generation, and Students of Color in higher education. She is currently 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. Most recently, she launched a new study in 2016, which examines the life and college experiences of undocumented students in higher education. Dr. Luedke welcomes both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to engage in research with her and her research team. 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 received her Ph. D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with a concentration in Diversity in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin, her Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Dr. Luedke has published several book chapters and journal articles, including in the Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, on issues of equity in higher education for Students of Color.
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.
Paige Smith, J.D. is the Chief of Institutional Policy & Compliance at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 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. 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.