Current Higher Education Leadership Students

Listed below are the current students in the Doctor of Philosophy in higher education leadership program in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University. 

     Alexia Alexander, Associate Director, Western Michigan University/Financial Literacy

  Justin Arnold, Business Consultant, Self-employed - Research Interest:  protean career development, workforce development and higher education, high impact entrepreneurship

 Paul Ballard, Executive Director of Student Affairs, Davenport University - Research Interest: continuous improvement in higher education, leadership development in undergraduates in pre-professional programs

       Kimberly Beistle, Professor, Ferris State University - Research Interest: critical thinking among students in accredited associate degree dental hygiene programs

  Joe Bishop, Academic Advisor, Davenport University - Research Interest: transitioning for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder from high school to a liberal arts college

George Brown


George Brown, Associate Dean, WMU College of Fine Arts - Research Interest: Artists as Academic Leader


Gerald Browning


Gerald Browning, Director of College Writing, Baker College of Muskegon 


Laurie Burgess


Laurie Burgess, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Cornerstone University


Soong Min Chow


Soongmin Chow, Interim Director of International Admissions and Services, WMU - Research Interest: international student experiences; trends in transnational education practices; quality assurance in higher education


Alisha Davis


Alisha Davis, Assistant Professor, Allied Health Sciences, GVSU 


Vunsin Doubblestein


Vunsin Doubblestein, Director, Mentoring for Success Program, WMU



    Lisa Garcia, Director, Western Michigan University Business Connection - Research Interest: Latina community college leadership, educational technology

   Anne Marie Gillespie, Director of Student Academic Affairs, Ferris State University - 

     Sarah Good, Counseling (Faculty) Specialist II, Western Michigan University - Research Interest: retention and sense of belonging for students of color; professional development for White higher education employees serving diverse students

Rita Gordon


Rita Gordon, Director, Wayne State University



 Jessie Grant, Director, Aquinas College

    Tomika Griffin-Brown, Assistant Director of Advising, HCoB, Western Michigan University - Research Interest: contributing factors of success for minority students at predominantly white institutions

Peter M. Grostic


Peter M. Grostic, Teacher of Mathematics, East Kentwood High School - Research Interest: K-12 educational purpose and K-12 guiding statements


Luann Harden


Luann Harden, Director, Western Michigan University/Southwest


    Diana Hernandez, Director, Western Michigan University/Division of Multicultural Affairs - Research Interest: experiences of senior Latina administrators in higher education

Chad Inabinet


Chad Inabinet, Dean of Student Services, West Shore Community College - Research Interest: executive leadership; student persistence, retention and completion


Jeffery Jackson


Jeffery Jackson, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Managment and Director of Career Center, Bowling Green State University



    Tina Koepf, Assessment Development, NOCTI - Research Interest: multiple choice assessments, focusing on item length, for CTE student

Tammy Looman


Tammy Looman, Instructor in Writing and Director of the Writing Center, Cornerstone University


Vincent Maltese


Vincent Maltese, Dean of Science/Mathematics, Monroe County Community College


       Dawn MarkellDean, Cleary University - Research Interest: organizational identity of small, private colleges

      Ron McKean, Interim Dean, Ferris State University/College of Engineering Technology - Research Interest: international education, engineering technology, competency base assessment in higher education, non-traditional education

C. Annie Moretz Stanger


C. Annie Moretz Stanger, Grants Development Specialist, Midland College (Texas)


Tyler Norman


Tyler Norman, Director of Fitness, West Hills Athletic Club, WMU


    Nicole Peterson, Elementary Principal, Rockford Public Schools - Research Interest: adult learning theory, job-embedded professional development for principals

Karika Phillips


Karika Phillips, Health Equity Coordinator, Kalamazoo County Government



    Julia Pimentel Jimenez, Registrar, Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE - Research Interest: URE, automation of processes, curriculum design and implementation

Theresa A. Raglin


Theresa A. Raglin, Academic Department Head, Ferris State University - 



    Jennifer Riggs, Respiratory Therapy Instructor, Muskegon Community College - Research Interest: national board pass rates, how to improve them, is there something that leads to success on first time pass attempt

   Malia Roberts, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment Services - Western Michigan University - Research Interest: professional staff development and mentorship

   Robert Robins, Senior Affiliate Professor, Grand Valley State University - Research Interest: educational technology; hybrid-flipped class methodology; adventure tourism

     Christine Robinson, Director of Undergrad Admissions and Advising, Western Michigan University - Research Interest: student success, students on probation, access, equity, inclusion, social justice, shame, identity

Gail Rouscher


Gail Rouscher, Faculty Specialist and Lecturer, College of Aviation, WMU



    Ibrahim Rustamov, Doctoral Associate, Western Michigan University/Extended University Programs - Research Interest: innovations in higher education; program development; alternative credentials, prior learning assessment and competency-based education 

Mandy Seiferlein


Mandy Seiferlein, Director, External Clinical Operations, Ferris State University



  Jennifer Sims, Doctoral Assistant, WMU  

 Chow Soongmin, Associate Director, International Admissions and Services, Western Michigan University - Research Interest: international student experiences; trends in transnational education practices; quality assurance in higher education

   Candis Thomas, Teacher, Saginaw Public Schools 

    Kara Werner-Sanders, Head Athletic Trainier and Adjunct Instructor/Beacon Health System and IU South Bend - Research Interest: student identity and affect on education, assimilation, engagement

Jay Wise


Jay Wise, Assistant Dean for Residence Life, Calvin College



           Yvonne (Yuqian) Zhang, Associate Professor, Guizhou University of Finance and Economics, China  - Research Interest: cross-border higher education

 Terah Zaremba, Director, Academic Advising and Student Life, Kellogg Community College