College Student Personnel program

CSP: Student Affairs Faculty and Staff

 Tracy Davis

Tracy Davis

Professor and College Student Personnel Program Coordinator
Ph.D., The University of Iowa
M.A., The University of Iowa
B.A., The University of Iowa

Tracy is joined the CSP program in 1998 where he is now responsible for the administration and coordination of the program. He has worked professionally in the areas of gifted education, student activities, and Greek life. His research interests include social justice education, mindfulness & contemplative practices, sexual assault prevention, identity, and men's development. 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, sharing what he learns with others, and promoting the growth and development of emerging professionals. Publications including empirical studies in refereed journals, book chapters, and four books/monographs -- Gender-Aware Practices: Intersectional Approaches to Applying Masculinities in Student Affairs(in press), 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 ACPA: College Student Educators International (ACPA), the ACPA Commission on Professional Preparation Directorate, and recently completed service as an ACPA Senior Scholar. Tracy frequently presents at professional conferences and consults with colleges and universities regarding men's development and social justice.

The student affairs and academic community have acknowledged his contributions as a scholar, teacher, and social justice advocate widely.  Most importantly, he remains wildly unfinished.

Recent Publications:

Davis, T. & Moody, B. (in press). Mindful masculinities. In C. Catalano, R. Wagner, & T. Davis (Eds.), New Directions in Student Services: Gender-Aware Practices: Intersectional Approaches to Applying Masculinities in Student Affairs.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Catalano, C., Wagner, R. & Davis, T. (in press). Gender-Aware Practices: Intersectional Approaches to Applying Masculinities in Student Affairs.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Davis, T. (in press). Afterward.  In D. Tillapaugh & B. McGowan (Eds.), Men & Masculinities on Campus: Theoretical Foundations and Promising Practices. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
Tillapaugh, D., Catalano, C., & Davis, T. (in press). Theoretical complexities of men & masculinities.  In D. Tillapaugh & B. McGowan (Eds.), Men & Masculinities on Campus: Theoretical Foundations and Promising Practices. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
Davis, T. & Klobassa, V. (2017). Honoring the face behind the mask: Interrogating masculine performatives as counter-hegemonic practice. In P. L. Eddy, K. Ward, & T. Khwaja (Eds.), Critical Approaches to Women and Gender in Higher Education.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Foste, Z. & Davis, T. (2017). Am I doing this right? A qualitative exploration of how college men make meaning of gendered expectations. Men and Masculinities, 20(1), .



Laila McCloud

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., The University of Iowa
M.Ed., DePaul University
B.A., DePaul University

Laila joined the CSP program in 2018 after gaining a wealth of experience as a student affairs practitioner, specifically in multicultural student affairs at private liberal arts institutions where she has served in roles such as Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Student Success & Retention, and Director of Multicultural Student Engagement.

Laila's research interests critically examine issues of race and equity within higher education with a focus on the academic and social experiences of Black college students. Laila earned her doctoral degree from the  University of Iowa in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. During her time at Iowa, Laila has served as a Research Assistant in the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education (CRUE) at Iowa for the Emory Integrity Project.

She is an active member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).  


NASPA IV-E 2017 Graduate Student Rising Star 
University of Iowa College of Education 2017 Minority Student Award
2015 Outstanding Contribution to the ACPA Coalition for Multicultural Affairs 


Selected Presentations: 

Taylor, R., McCloud, L., Williams, Q., Burr, K., Barnhardt, C., (2018). “Speaking Up When I Disagree…”: A Case Study on Campus Climate for Engaging with Difference. Association for the Study of Higher Education in Tampa, FL.
McCloud, L., Hernández, E., Hill, R.I., Williams, B.M., Palmer, G., Reddick, R.J., (2018). #WokeDocStudents and Faculty Socialization: Differentiated Risks in Public Scholarship.  Association for the Study of Higher Education in Tampa, FL. 
McCloud, L., (2018). Transforming Campus Culture on Integrity: An In-Depth Look at Perspective Taking.  Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values in Tallahassee, FL.
Miller, G., Lynn, F., McCloud, L. (2017) Aren’t They All the Same? Positioning Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Organizational Field of Higher Education.  Association for the Study of Higher Education in Houston, Texas 
McCloud, L., Watt, S.K., Pasquesi, K. (2017). Multicultural Initiatives Reconsidered: Are you programming for survival or inclusion? American College Personnel Association International Convention in Columbus, Ohio 
McCloud, L., Linley, J.L. (2017). Leadership from the Margins: Supporting Black Women Student Leaders. American College Personnel Association International Convention in Columbus, Ohio. 
Williams, B., Karikari, S., McCloud, L., Anderson, D. (2017). SisterPhD: Lessons from Year Two. American College Personnel Association International Convention in Columbus, Ohio 
Barnhardt, C., Liddel, D., McCloud, L., Young, R. (2017). Transforming Campus Culture on Integrity: Initial Findings.  American College Personnel Association International Convention in Columbus, Ohio


Kristi Mindrup

Adjunct Faculty- Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Quad Cities Campus
Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.S., Western Illinois University
B.A., University of Northern Iowa

Kristi has 22 years experience working at Western Illinois University, serving both the Quad Cities and Macomb campuses. Dr. Mindrup is currently the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, a role partly focused on establishing and supporting academic programs on the Quad Cities campus, student-centered course scheduling, and educational and community partnerships. Dr. Mindrup holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, where her doctoral research focused on the academic and social experiences of college students at a branch campus. Dr. Mindrup serves as the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs representative to the Council for Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education, and recently served as content expert for the revision of the CAS standards for Post-traditional and Commuter Student Programs.


Amy Buwick

Adjunct Faculty- Director, University Counseling Center
M.S.Ed., Western illinois University
B.S. Northern Illinois University

Buwick is a licensed professional counselor and a certified drug and alcohol counselor. She received her master's degree in counselor education from WIU and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University. Buwick is currently the Director of the University Counseling Center. Amy has worked for the University since 1994.  During her time at the University she served as a counselor in the counseling center, partnered with Beu Health Center staff to develop the AOD Resource Center, and acted as the clinical supervisor for the University Counseling Center. As a counselor, Buwick developed the center's aggression management education program, as well as co-founded other support groups and programs and implemented the center's quality assurance program.


Holly Nikels

Chair, Department of Counselor Education and College Student Personnel
Ph.D., University of South Dakota
M.S., University of Nebraska at Kearney
B.Ed., University of Nebraska at Kearney

Dr. Nikels received her bachelor's degree in Human Development/Early Childhood Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Her master's and specialist's degrees in Community Counseling were also awarded from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Dr. Nikels earned her doctorate in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Supervision of School Counseling Services from the University of South Dakota. Her professional counseling experiences include work in Employee Assistance Programs, In-patient mental health hospital facility, School Based therapist and School Counseling at the Elementary and High School levels. Additionally, she has worked in Student Affairs / Student Activities and Greek Life. She provides consultation services to local schools and agencies on a regular basis. Nikels has published extensively in academic journals, presented at numerous regional, state and national and international conferences and received grants totaling more than $500,000. Recently, she served as co-editor and author for the text, Handbook of Strengths Based Clinical Practices. Nikels is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and an Approved Clinical Supervisor.


Diane Heisner

Office Manager
B.Ed., Western Illinois University
A.A., Kishwaukee College

Diane Heisner is the Department of Counselor Education's Office Manager. She earned her Associates degree from Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois and her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from WIU. Diane began her WIU-QC career as a Secretary IV in September 2003 and was promoted to her current position in August 2007. Diane's main responsibility is to assist the chair, faculty, graduate assistants, and current and future students in the Counselor Education Department. Diane lives in Prophetstown, Illinois with her husband Frank and they have three grown children and three granddaughters. In her free time she enjoys reading, knitting, camping, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.



Jill Bisbee

Jill Bisbee

Field Supervision Specialist
M.S., Western Illinois University
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College

Jill serves as the student & academic affairs professional and instructor for the College Student Personnel program. In this capacity, she coordinates recruitment, admission, orientation, academic advising, field placement (assistantships, practica, internships), career planning, marketing, and alumni relations. She teaches graduate-level elective courses, undergraduate courses, and serves as an co-instructor for several core CSP classes. She is also heavily involved in the planning and development of the graduate program as a holistic experience for the students.

Twenty four (24) years of student affairs work provide Jill a solid base for this holistic view of the current and future needs of the students, program, and personnel from the participating field placement sites. Her experiences include graduate and undergraduate admission (domestic and international), marketing, policy development, orientation, supervision and development of student, para-professional, and professional staff, state-level professional organization leadership, and career development advising, student organization advising, and Greek advising.