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College Student Personnel program
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Associate Professor, College Student Personnel Program
Ph.D., University of Maryland
M.S., Miami University
B.S., Texas Christian
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 experiences. 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. Her 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 [ACPA] Taskforce for Professional Competencies, and was a Directorate on the Commission for Administrative Leadership. 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. Her personal interests include traveling, reading, enjoying good food, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends.
W. Garry Johnson
Emeritus Vice President for Student Services
Adjunct Associate Professor, College Student Personnel
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia
B.A., University of Southern Colorado
W. Garry Johnson is Vice President for Student Services and Adjunct Associate Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Personnel at Western Illinois University. Previous to his appointment to Vice President, Garry served as Associate Vice President for Student Services, Assistant Vice President for Student Services - Student Life, and Director of Residence Life at Western. Prior to coming to Western, he served as Assistant Director of Housing at University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his B.A. (1970) from the University of Southern Colorado in Physical Education and History and his M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Counseling Psychology and a support area in group dynamics. He teaches graduate courses at WIU in Group and Organizational Effectiveness, Issues in Higher Education, Special Problems in College Personnel: Budgeting in Student Services, and Organizational and Administration of Student Affairs.
Associate Vice President for Student Services
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Counselor Education and College Student Personnel
J.D., Southern Illinois University
M.S., Eastern Illinois University
Mount Senario College
Bracey previously served as director of Student Legal Services at WIU from 1979 to 1986. HE remains actively involved in a part-time legal practice. For several years he has maintained a strong relationship with the national Association of Student personnel Administrators, having coordinated career services at one of the national conferences. Bracey's areas of interest include multicultural programming, college legal issues, administrative organizations, student development, counseling, student retention, minority student development and programming.
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Assistant Professor, College Student Personnel Program
Ed.D., 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. Williams is also 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 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. His personal interests include community involvement, volunteerism, spending time with his family and friends, and traveling.
Professor, Education and Interdisciplinary Studies
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
M.S., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
B.S., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Cody teaches undergraduate courses in the areas of human growth and development, assessment and learning for student 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. Prior to completing his doctoral program, Cody served as the Assistant Director of Housing and Campus Recreation at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA.
Adjunct Professor and Director of Budgeting
M.B.A., Western Illinois University
M.S., Ball State University
B.A., Western Illinois University
Matt Bierman is the current budget director at Western Illinois University. 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.