Explain your career path
I am working in the Dean of Students Office at Alverno College. I have worked at Alverno for the past 11 years, but have worked in higher education for 25 years. I recently finished my PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education from Cardinal Stritch University. My dissertation topic was Title IX Administrator Perception of Compliance with Title IX Regulations. My study included small, private, not-for-profit institutions across the country.
What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?
I received my Masters degree from Southeast Missouri State in December of 2000 in Human Services Administration. At the time, Southeast we re-imagining their Higher Education program, so I chose a program that would still be relevant to working in Higher Education Administration.
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
I was working as a Hall Director at Southeast and wanted to finish my Masters Degree.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
Our Director of Residence Life Jim Settle, my housing colleague Bruce Skinner, and our Dean of Students Dr. Irene Ferguson.
Describe Southeast in three words.
Focused on students
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Finishing my PhD.
How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?
Working in Higher Education as a Hall Director, then as the Associate Director of Residence Life helped give me great experience in working with various groups of students and professionals.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Get connected with various campus offices and the staff in those offices.