Matt Lind, J.D. has been working in education for 18 years. Matt Lind is teaching the Legal Issues in Higher Education course. He is currently in the Office of General Counsel at the University of Wisconsin System Administration. In this office, he provides legal advice to UW-Whitewater and the other four year comprehensive schools, UW System Administration, and the Board of Regents. He has worked in that office for ten years, starting as a law clerk. He has provided guest lectures at UW-Whitewater and has done many legal trainings across the UW System for UW employees. He is an expert in immigration and civil rights law as it applies to higher education. He also has expertise in a wide variety of areas from accommodations for disability to zoning law and its application to state government. He previously worked teaching Latin and Spanish for mostly middle-school students. However, he has taught a foreign language at every K-12 grade level. Matt received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his M.Ed. from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Matt is dedicated to including and promoting the next generation of leaders from a wider variety of backgrounds.
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 Luedkeis an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Higher Education Leadership program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her research focuses on college access, persistence, and success for underserved populations including first-generation, and Students of Color in higher education. She is currently the lead Project Investigator (PI) on a 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 critically socializing Students of Color 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 collegiate experiences of undocumented Latina/o/x students in higher education. Dr. Luedke welcomes both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to engage in research with her and her research team, please contact her for more information. Her professional experiences center on 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 in outlets including: the American Educational Research Journal, Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education on issues of equity in higher education for Students of Color. Dr. Luedke serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Visit Dr. Luedke’s website to learn more about her and her work at: www.CourtneyLLuedke.com
Mario G. Morris, J.D. currently serves as the University of Notre Dame's Deputy Athletics Director for Business Operations. 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, Mario served as the Director of Financial Operations for the University of Wisconsin Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, where he had primary oversight of the athletic department financial operations and budget which exceeded $100 million dollars. Mr. Morris also 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.
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.
Dr. Brian Hoefer has over 25 years of experience working in recreational, professional, and collegiate athletics. He was a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer, a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a secondary school football, basketball and baseball coach, an Assistant Athletic Director at a NCAA Division III institution, and a staff member with the Harlem Globetrotters organization providing logistical support and medical coverage for domestic and international tours. Brian received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Edgewood College and his M.S. in Sports Management from the University of Oklahoma. His doctoral research focused on student academic success based on the utilization of self-regulation learning strategies cultivated through past participation in organized athletic programs. Dr. Hoefer’s research reflects his awareness to advance the understanding of the connection between academic success and participation in extracurricular activities. Brian retired from higher education in 2015 to begin his real estate business and continues to stay involved in sport as a volunteer in the Village of Waunakee’s recreational sport and club programs.