College of Education & Human Services

Meet the Dean's Office Staff

Katrina Daytner

Katrina Daytner, Interim Dean 

Katrina’s primary responsibilities are in the areas of budget, personnel, enrollment management, contract implementation and facilities. Daytner joined Western's faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor in the educational and interdisciplinary studies department, with primary teaching responsibilities in the area of educational psychology, methods research and clinical observations in human growth and development. She was promoted to full professor in 2013. From 2006 until 2014, Daytner also served as the faculty associate for Western’s First Year Experience (FYE) program. In that role, she was responsible for co-chairing the Foundations of Excellence Self Study, the FYE Leadership Committee, the FYE Review Committee and the Committee on FYE Classes. Prior to coming to Western, Daytner served as a project coordinator and an instructor (1999-2001) at Ball State University; as an adjunct instructor (1997-98) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); and as an associate instructor (1994-96) at Indiana University. Daytner earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology at Indiana University (2003); her master's degree in developmental psychology at Illinois State University (1995); and her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (1992).

Eric Sheffield

Eric Sheffield, Interim Assist Dean for Educator Preparation, Continuous Improvement, and Outreach

 My professional evolution has been informed by my personal history as a high school English teacher, social foundations professor/scholar, and now administrator. Prior to coming to higher education, I taught high school English (14 years) in Putnam County Florida. Upon (finally) finishing my P.h.D at the University of Florida, I was hired by Southwest Missouri State University—now Missouri State University (MSU)—where I taught social foundations courses and served as a graduate degree program coordinator. Following my time at MSU (another 14 years in length), I landed here at Western Illinois University as department chair in the summer of 2017. My research interests include community service learning, philosophy of education, democratic education, dystopian educational theory, and love…among other educational matters.

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Jill Bisbee, Recruitment, Retention and Student Success Officer

Jill will serve approximately 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from all programs and departments to enhance, coordinate and implement the COEHS' Strategic plan for Recruitment, Retention and Student Success.  Before assuming this role, Bisbee served as Field Placement Specialist in the WIU Counselor Education and College Student Personnel department since July 2013. In that role, she coordinated recruitment, retention, job search, alumni relations, fundraising, special events and the field placement process for assistantship and practica experiences for CSP students, more recently working with both programs in the department. She was instrumental in conceptualizing and launching the part-time track for the CSP program in 2015, and co-created the Social Justice Summit in 2018.  She received her master's degree in college student personnel from WIU and her bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Kelly Severs, COEHS Development Officer

The director of development reports to the executive director of development in the WIU Foundation and Development Office, and provides overall leadership for the college's fundraising program, with primary emphasis on securing major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations to support academic priorities of the college and the goals and objectives of the University's strategic plan "Higher Values in Higher Education."Severs also worked as a WIU Department of College Personnel graduate assistant in which she developed and implemented a recruitment plan, and worked with admissions and advising." "Her recent higher education experiences and her knowledge of WIU and the College of Education and Human Services will help us further enhance support for COEHS and our students from our alumni, parents and friends." Severs received her master's degree from WIU and bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. 

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Lisa Turke, Office Administrator

Lisa has been at WIU since 2007 and recently became the Dean's secretary in 2018. As the personal assistant to the Dean and the office administrator, Lisa maintains the Dean's calendar, prepares confidential correspondence including, but not limited to retention/promotion/tenure evaluations and maintains the personnel records for the College. One of Lisa's responsibilities is to initiate, coordinate and schedules various employee workshops for COEHS civil service employees .