College Student Personnel program

CSP: Student Affairs Faculty and Staff

 Tracy Davis

Tracy Davis

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 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)
ACPA Standing Committee Advocate Award, 2012
NASPA Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community Newly Published Research Award, 2012
ACPA Senior Scholar, 2013
Western Illinois University President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity Education, 2013


Chase Catalano

Chase Catalano

Assistant Professor, College Student Personnel Program
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A., Dickinson College

D. Chase J. Catalano is an Assistant Professor of College Student Personnel (CSP) in the Department of Education 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.


Sarah Schoper

Sarah Schoper

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 Studies. Sarah worked for ten years a practitioner at various institutions in the areas of: fraternity and sorority life, student activities, new student programs, commuter affairs, and leadership programs. Her research interests include transformative learning and self-authorship theory for graduate students, new and current professionals, and first generation college students.

Sarah has published in Oracle, the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, was a contributing author to Learning Reconsidered 2, co-author a chapter on promoting critical thinking in higher education, and publishes on the scholarship of teaching and learning as related to social media. Sarah has served on ACPA--College Educators International's Taskforce for Professional Competencies, was a Directorate on the Commission for Administrative Leadership, and currently serves as a Directorate for the Commission on Professional Preparation.

Sarah frequently presents at professional conferences and consults with colleges and universities regarding transformative learning (learning outcomes, environmental conditions that promote learning, and how to assess learning). She serves as an expert presenter for the American Student Government Association (ASGA), the Harbor Institute, and is an invited blogger for The Student Affairs Collective.

In 2012, she was awarded an Honoring Our Professors in Excellence award from University Housing and Dining Services, and an award from the Center for Innovative Teaching and Research for Best in Track Research and Development Activities at Western Illinois University. In 2013, she was selected as an Annuit Coeptis Emerging Scholar (ACPA), and in 2015 she received a grant from the Commission for Student Involvement to explore the role of a student organization in the transition process for first generation college students.


Ron Williams

Ron Williams

Associate Professor, College Student Personnel Program
Interim Vice President of Student Services
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs 
Ed.D., 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 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. 



Jill Bisbee

Jill Bisbee

College Student Personnel Program Manager
M.S., Western Illinois University
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College

Jill serves as the student and academic affairs professional 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 is also heavily involved in the planning and development of the graduate program as a holistic experience for the students.

Twenty three (23) 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.


Matt Bierman

Matt Bierman

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 and Interim Director of Business Services at Western Illinois University, and frequently shares his knowledge of planning and funding university efforts with CSP students. As the Budget Director, he is responsible for developing the University's $240 million All-Funds Budget, recommending tuition and fee rates, and the annual legislative reporting.  Matt began his career at WIU in 1999 as a a Complex Director in University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS).  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 matters for UHDS.  Matt has served as a building connections mentor, a guest speaker in the FYE Program and is a member of the IT Governance Council.  Additionally, he is a part of the Auxiliary Facilities Systems (AFS) committee and is a past president of GLACUHO (Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers).  In the Macomb community, Matt serves as a member of the Macomb School District Board of Education, the Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee 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.


Dr. Cody 

Tom Cody

Professor, Education 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.