College Student Personnel program

Academics - Faculty/Staff

Faculty Name

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 and Interdisciplinary Studies. As a CSP faculty member, he teaches courses in group dynamics, student development theory, gender identity development, student characteristics and college environments, qualitative methods, and the capstone seminar. He is also 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)
Faculty Name

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 and Interdisciplinary Studies. As a CSP faculty member, Sarah teaches courses in student development theory, counseling skills and practices, introduction to College Student Personnel, internship experiences, as well as practicum experience. 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 Sarah consults with colleges and  universities regarding transformative learning, including learning outcomes, environmental conditions that promote learning, and how to assess learning.

Faculty Name

Ron Williams

Assistant Professor, College Student Personnel Program
Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs

D. ED., Tennessee State University
M.Ed.Tennessee State University
B.A., Lane College

Ron Williams is an Assistant Professor of College Student Personnel (CSP) in the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. As a CSP faculty member, he teaches courses that focus primarily on the organizational structures of American colleges and universities; institutional budget and planning; academic units, and the historical development of higher education environments in the United States.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.  He 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.

Faculty Name

Earl Bracey

Adjunct Assistant Professor, College Student Personnel and Counselor Education
Associate Vice President for Student Services

J.D., Southern Illinois University
M.S., Eastern Illinois University
B.A,, Mount Senario College

Earl Bracey brings higher education law to life for the CSP students through the course, Legal Issues for Professionals in College Student Personnel. His background as director of Student Legal Services at WIU from 1979 to 1986,a practicing lawyer, and leader in the Student Services Division at WIU overseeing career development, multicultural programming, judicial and legal processes are invaluable as he leads CPS students in the study of the complex problems of law and ethics impacting the field of student affairs.Bracey's professional areas of interest include multicultural programming, college legal issues, administrative organizations, student development, counseling, student retention, minority student development and programming.


Tom Cody

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.

Faculty Name

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 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.