College and University Student Personnel Administration Masters Program

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Program Coordinator
Richard Reddick

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Assistant Program Coordinator
Beth Bukoski

The master’s (M.Ed.) degree in College and University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) prepares, trains and educates students to become leaders in the administration of colleges and universities. This degree is part of the Program in Higher Education Leadership (PHEL) which also offers doctoral degree programs.

The master’s program is designed to develop knowledgeable and skilled professional administrators in such higher education career areas as:

  • student housing,
  • organizational and leadership development,
  • services for special populations,
  • financial aid,
  • admissions,
  • learning skills development,
  • counseling,
  • health education,
  • recreation, and
  • similar programs and services in colleges and universities.

The master’s program allows students to take an interdisciplinary approach to higher education leadership. Students can tailor their program to fit their interests while building a knowledge of higher education administration. Our graduates possess an understanding of the role a university or college plays in society, and the ability to work within an ever-changing higher education environment.

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Beth E. Bukoski

Clinical Assistant Professor

Focuses on issues that affect underrepresented students and faculty related to identity intersectionality and performativity, particularly critical theories and constructs of gender, sexuality, race, and class.

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Norma Cantú, J.D.


Ken McIntyre Professor for Excellence in School Leadership

With a background as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration, she teaches topics in civil rights and the intersection of law and policy in education.

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Liliana Garces

Associate Professor

Studies educational inequality, higher education equity and access policies for underrepresented populations, use and influence of research in Supreme Court cases. 

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Marilyn C. Kameen

Professor, Senior Associate Dean

Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professor for Educational Research and Development

Interests include academic administration, faculty in higher education, and college student development with research on college teaching and minorities in higher education.

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Soncia Reagins-Lilly

Clinical Assistant Professor, VP for Student Affairs

Shares her expertise in higher education policy, administration and finance, strategic planning, and leadership development as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

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Richard J. Reddick

Associate Professor

Examines the experiences of faculty of color at predominantly White institutions; mentoring relationships between faculty and Black students; and work-life balance in academia.

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Victor B. Sáenz

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Leads the Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success)initiative focused on Latino males in education; seeks to advance research-informed policy solutions that enhance educational outcomes for underserved students in secondary and post-secondary education.

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Lauren Schudde

Assistant Professor

Studies the impact of educational policies and practices on college student outcomes using quantitative methods.

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Edwin R. Sharpe

Clinical Professor

Scholarly interests include organizational theory and behavior as applied to universities, educational politics and policy, and the interaction and alignment of P-20 educational systems.

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Patricia Somers

Associate Professor

Serves as a faculty affiliate in Women’s and Gender Studies and Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. Researches topics such as campus safety, higher education law, academic freedom, and higher education in Brazil.

Clinical and Adjunct Faculty

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Cassandre Giguere Alvarado

Clinical Assistant Professor

Focuses research on student success and graduation initiatives, including innovative college readiness assignments, student success programs and understanding the completion agenda.

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Aileen Bumphus

Clinical Assistant Professor

Associate Vice President for Academic Diversity Initiatives in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Research interests include educational leadership, emotional intelligence, and resiliency.

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Linda Garcia

Clinical Assistant Professor

Assistant Director of College Relations of the Center for Community College Student Engagement

Oversees the Center’s community college relations and serves as a point of contact for state leaders, funders and national higher education organizations.

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Douglas Garrard


Serves as Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Senior Associate Dean of Students, and teaches courses related to on-campus culture in higher education.

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Hemlata G. Jhaveri

Clinical Assistant Professor

As Executive Director of Housing and Food Service, she emphasizes the importance of balancing business and student development needs for a higher education organization.

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Harrison Keller

Clinical Professor of Public Policy Practice

Deputy to the President for Strategy and Policy

Drives achievement of the president's strategic vision by coordinating long-range planning, policy development, and strategic implementation among academic and administrative units, and for organizing and overseeing strategic initiatives related to inter-institutional partnerships.

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Mylon Kirksy


Director of Residence Life for Housing and Food Service

Teaches courses that examine the intersectionality of culture, organizations, and systems of privilege, power, and difference in higher education.

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Coral Noonan-Terry

Clinical Assistant Professor

Serves as Program Manager of Special Projects for the Center for Community College Student Engagement, teaches courses focused on community colleges.

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Nydia Sánchez

Postdoctoral Fellow

Explores the ways community and cultural contexts affect and inform student development and educational achievement along the P-20 pipeline for students from underrepresented backgrounds, particularly first-generation and Latinx students.

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Julie Schell

Clinical Assistant Professor

Designs higher education innovation strategy. Teaches graduate courses on technology, innovation, and problems of college teaching and learning including related interventions.

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LaToya Smith

Clinical Assistant Professor

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student Services

Serves as the Title IX Coordinator and Associate Vice President of University Compliance Services to ensure the university holds high levels of integrity and ethical standards.

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Betty Jeanne Taylor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Assistant Vice President in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Focuses on university-wide campus climate initiatives including bias incident reporting and response as well as implementing best practices for inclusive classroom climates and faculty recruitment and retention.

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Aaron Voyles

Clinical Assistant Professor

Serves as the Associate Director for Student Learning and Development and researches post-qualitative and post-structuralist methodologies, discourse analysis, and gender performance.

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Evelyn Waiwaiole

Clinical Assistant Professor

Executive Director of CCSSE

As Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement, Evelyn specializes in evidence that informs change and improved outcomes at community colleges.