College Student Personnel program
Academics - Faculty
Adjunct Professor, College Student Personnel
Director of University Budgeting
M.B.A., Western Illinois University
M.S., Ball State University
B.A., Western Illinois University
Matt Bierman is the budget director at Western Illinois University, and frequently shares his knowledge of planning and funding university efforts with CSP students. He began working in Western's University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) in 1999 as Bayliss-Henninger halls complex director. He was named director of residential facilities in 2008. In that role, he was responsible for organizing and monitoring a $40 million budget, organizing room and board rates and monitoring debt service and food services. He also oversaw all facilities-related issues for UHDS. He also serves as a college student personnel instructor, is a member of the Environmental Sustainability Committee, the Disability Resource Center Advisory Committee and the Master Plan Implementation Team. He serves as chair of the Auxiliary Facilities Systems (AFS) Finance Subcommittee, and is the past president of GLACUHO (Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers). Bierman is a member of the Macomb Community Unit School District No. 185 Board and is a member of the Macomb Balloon Rally Committee. He received his bachelor's degree (1997) from WIU, a master's degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (1999) from Ball State University, and a Master of Business Administration (2003) from Western.
Assistant Professor, College Student Personnel Program
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts
M.S., University of Massachusetts
B.S., Dickinson College
D. Chase J. Catalano is an Assistant Professor of College Student Personnel (CSP) in the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. As a CSP faculty member, Chase teaches courses in CSP: Student Affairs track and the CSP: Higher Education Leadership track. Chase's interests and expertise include: trans* student inclusion in higher education, students with marginalized genders and sexualities (LGBTQ students), social justice education, engaged and dialogic pedagogies, and workshop design and facilitation.
Chase's education and research interests include: student development, intersectional analyses of higher education administration and student affairs, social justice education and praxis as curriculum in CSP programs, cultural centers and their staffing patterns and promotions, InterGroup Dialogue pedagogies and action projects, and campus climate assessments and indicators. Prior to joining the CSP team, Chase served as the Director of the LGBT Resources Center at Syracuse University.
Professor, Education and Interdisciplinary Studies
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
M.S., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
B.S., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
In addition to introducing CSP students to quantitative and qualitative research methods used in the field of education and human services, Cody teaches undergraduate courses in the areas of human growth and development, assessment and learning for students in the teacher education program. He also serves as the coordinator of the department’s graduate program and serves on many university and college committees. Cody earned both his master’s (1988) and bachelors (1986) from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and later received his doctorate from SIUC in 1995.
Cody's experiences in student affairs and college administration, including housing and campus recreation position and NCAA athletic faculty administrator, helps provide context for the students in the Research Methods course.
Professor and Director, College Student Personnel Program
Director, Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men’s Development
Ph.D., The University of Iowa
M.A., The University of Iowa
B.A., The University of Iowa
Tracy Davis is a Professor of College Student Personnel (CSP) in the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. He is responsible for the administration and coordination of the program. He has worked professionally in the areas of gifted education, student activities, Greek life, and career development. His research interests include social justice education, sexual assault prevention, identity development, men's development, and moral voice/orientation. In 2011, he became the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men’s Development.
Throughout his career, Davis has been engaged in research and sharing what he learns with others. Publications including empirical studies in refereed journals, book chapters, and three books -- Advancing Social Justice: Tools, Pedagogies, and Strategies to Transform Your Campus (2013), Masculinities in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Considerations (2011), and Developing Social Justice Allies (2004). He has served on the Executive Council for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the Commission of Professional Preparation Directorate, and is Past-Chair of the Standing Committee for Men. Tracy frequently presents at professional conferences and consults with colleges and universities regarding men's development and social justice.
His work as a scholar, researcher, and advocate has been acknowledge widely by the student affairs and academic community.
Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year, National Association of Student Personnel Administrator's (NASPA) (1998)
Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award, ACPA (1998)
Emerging Scholars Award, ACPA (1999 -- inaugural year)
Outstanding Research Award, Standing Committee for Men (SCM) of ACPA (2002)
Outstanding Assessment Article Award, Commission on Student Development Assessment (2003)
Annuit Coeptis Award for Senior Scholar, ACPA (2006)
SCM Harry Canon Outstanding Professional, ACPA (2006)
Assistant Professor, College Student Personnel Program
Ph.D., University of Maryland
M.S., Miami University
B.S., Texas Christian University
Sarah Schoper is an Assistant Professor of College Student Personnel (CSP) in the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. Sarah worked for ten years a practitioner in the areas of: fraternity and sorority life, student activities, new student programs, commuter affairs, and leadership programs.
Schoper's education and research interests include transformative learning and self-authorship theory. Sarah has published in Oracle, the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, and was a contributing author to Learning Reconsidered 2. Sarah has served on ACPA--College Educators International's Taskforce for Professional Competencies, and was a Directorate on the Commission for Administrative Leadership. In 2013, she was selected as an Annuit Coeptis Emerging Scholar (ACPA). Sarah also volunteers with HazingPrevention.org. Sarah consults with colleges and universities regarding transformative learning, including learning outcomes, environmental conditions that promote learning, and how to assess learning.
Associate Professor, College Student Personnel Program
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
D. ED., Tennessee State University
M.Ed.Tennessee State University
B.A., Lane College
Ron Williams is an Associate Professor of College Student Personnel (CSP) in the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. As a higher education practitioner, Williams is responsible for coordinating academic programs and fostering collaborative relationships with 2-year institutions, maintaining articulation agreements and 2+2 programs; overseeing the University Advising and Academic Services Center and the Office of Academic Services; and contributing to the plans for enrollment management and student retention. He also serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for Academic Affairs and directs the underrepresented dissertation fellowship and visiting professorship programs.
Williams has worked professionally in the areas of academic and student affairs, admissions, financial aid, governance, higher education policy, and public school system leadership. Williams frequently presents at professional conferences and consults with colleges and universities regarding access and equity in higher education, baccalaureate degree completion, and academic program development.