College of Education

Patricia Witkowsky, Ph.D.

Instructor, SAHE Program Coordinator, Leadership, Research, and Foundations (LRF)

College of Education

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Work : 719-255-4339
pwitkows@uccs.edu

Dr. Patty Witkowsky is an Instructor and the Program Coordinator for the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership with a minor in Applied Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Northern Colorado, her M.A. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, and her B.A. in Sociology from Occidental College. She has held administrative positions in higher education over the past twelve years in areas such as new student orientation, student activities, student organizations, leadership programs, residence life and housing, career services, academic advising, and graduate student support. Dr. Witkowsky's research focuses on the experience of graduate students in higher education as well as student engagement and leadership development. She is actively involved in the American College Personnel Association as a directorate member for the Commission for Admissions, Orientation and First Year Experience and the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention as an Associate Editor of the Journal of College Orientation and Transition. Dr. Witkowsky teaches leadership, research, internationalization, and supervised practicum courses in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program.

Education

Ph.D., Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership
University of Northern Colorado-2010

M.A., College Student Personnel
University of Maryland-2004

B.A., Sociology
Occidental College-2000

Teaching

LEAD 5030 Vision, Values, and Leadership

LEAD 5260 College Student Development Theories

LEAD 5700 Introduction to Research and Statistics

LEAD 6000 International Study of Higher Education

LEAD 6830 Practicum in Student Affairs in Higher Education

Selected Publications

Recent Refereed Publications

    • Witkowsky, P. A. (2012). The importance of transition programs for doctoral student wellness. The Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 19(2), 94-108.
    • Vahey, K., Witkowsky, P., Rehling, J., & Saifah, S. (2010). Doctoral students make meaning of their experience: A constructivist inquiry. Studies in Graduate and Professional Student Development, 13, 2-22.
    • Witkowsky, P. A. (2010). Sisters leading together: The experience of recruitment counselors during sorority recruitment. Oracle, 5(2), 49-63.

Recent Refereed Presentations

    • 2014 Witkowsky, P. A. & Murray, K., Leveraging strengths: Maximizing your team’s potential. Program presented at the 2014 College Personnel Association of Colorado Conference, Denver, CO.
    • 2014 Witkowsky, P. A. & Dunn, V., Educating students toward financial wellness. Program presented at the 2014 College Personnel Association of Colorado Conference, Denver, CO.
    • 2012 Witkowsky, P. A., A new mother’s perspective on balancing multiple roles. Program presented at the 2012 annual ACPA Convention, Louisville, Kentucky.
    • 2012 Witkowsky, P. A., Doctoral students need an orientation program too. Program presented at the 2012 annual ACPA Convention, Louisville, Kentucky.
    • 2012 Witkowsky, P. A., & Thomas, I., Find new possibilities: Pursue your doctorate. Program presented at the 2012 annual ACPA Convention, Louisville, Kentucky.
    • 2012 Witkowsky, P. A., Want to know the answers? Just ask: The power of assessment. Program presented at the 2012 Region 3 National Orientation Directors Association Conference, Pueblo, CO.
    • 2011 Witkowsky, P. A., Promoting wellness among student affairs professionals in higher education. Program presented at the 2011 College Personnel Association of Colorado Conference, Denver, Colorado.
    • 2011 Witkowsky, P. A., Invest in yourself: Pursue your doctorate. Program presented at the 2011 College Personnel Association of Colorado Conference, Denver, Colorado.
    • 2010 Witkowsky, P. A., Effective transitions as part of a well doctoral student experience. Program presented at the 2010 annual National Orientation Directors Association Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.
    • 2010 Witkowsky, P. A., Present at your next local, regional, or national conference. Program presented at the 2010 annual ACPA Convention, Boston, Massachusetts.
    • 2010 Witkowsky, P.A., Revolutionize your life: Get your doctorate. Program presented at the 2010 annual ACPA Convention, Boston, Massachusetts.
    • 2010 Witkowsky, P. A., Voices of well doctoral students. Program presented at the 2010 annual ACPA Convention, Boston, Massachusetts.

Volunteer and Service

University

  • 2000-Present Class Secretary (Occidental College)
  • 2013-Present Associate Editor, Journal of College Orientation and Transition (Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention)
  • 2014-Present Directorate Member, Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and the First Year Experience (American College Personnel Association)
  • 2011-2013 Chair, Commission for Wellness (American College Personnel Association)
  • 2011 Chair, Region 3 Programming Chair (Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention)
 
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