Patricia Witkowsky, Ph.D.

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Patricia Witkowsky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and SAHE Program Coordinator, Leadership, Research, and Foundations (LRF)
College of Education

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Biographical Information

Dr. Patty Witkowsky is an Assistant Professor 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 held administrative positions in higher education for 12 years prior to joining the faculty 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 student affairs graduate preparation programs as well as student transitions and leadership involvement. She is actively involved in the College Personnel Association of Colorado as the Faculty Representative and the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention as an Associate Editor of the Journal of College Orientation and Transition. At UCCS, Dr. Witkowsky serves on the Student Success Assessment Team, as a faculty affiliate for the Global Intercultural Research Center (GLINT), and as a College of Education representative for Faculty Assembly. Dr. Witkowsky teaches leadership, college student development theory, qualitative research, internationalization, and supervised practicum courses in the M.A. in Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education program and in the Leadership, Research, and Policy Ph.D. 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
LEAD 8150 Applications of Qualitative Research
LEAD 8300 Leadership Excellence in Complex Organizations

Publications

 

Recent Refereed Publications

    • Witkowsky, P., Mendez, S., Allee, A., Christensen, B., & Stiles, C. (2017). Sorority ritual participation and self-efficacy. Oracle, 11(2).
    • Witkowsky, P., Kumm, C., Mendez, S., Nicholson, H., Dimandja, O., & Morris, P. (2016). Comparing military-connected and non-military connected students' orientation experience. Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 24(1), 78-83.
    • Witkowsky, P., Mendez, S., Ogunbowo, O., Hernandez, N., & Clayton, G. (2016). Non-traditional student needs: Collegiate inclusion perceptions. Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 64, 1-12.
    • 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. Journal of 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

    • 2017 Witkowsky, P. A., Obregon, V., Bruner, B., & Alanis, J., Influence of bilingual parent and family member orientation programs on sense of belonging and parental involvement in higher education. Poster presented at the Learner Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
    • 2016 Witkowsky, P. A., Encouraging co-curricular engagement in college. Program presented at the 2016 Colorado Council on High School/College Relations Annual Conference Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • 2016 Witkowsky, P. A., Dinise-Halter, A., Long, S., & Yakaboski, T., Success strategies of non-traditionally-aged women in student affairs master's programs. Program presented at the 2016 annual ACPA Convention, Montreal, Canada
    • 2016 Witkowsky, P. A., Broido, E., Mendez, S., Johnson, V., & Oldham, K., Developing short-term study abroad courses for student affairs preparation programs. Program presented at the 2016 annual ACPA Convention, Montreal, Canada
    • 2016 Witkowsky, P. A., Mendez, S., Nicholson, H., & Brosseau, J, Student veterans' experiences in a veterans transition seminar. Program presented at the 2016 annual ACPA Convention, Montreal, Canada
    • 2015 Witkowsky, P. A., Mendez, S., Kumm, C., & Kling, H. Comparison of veteran vs. non-veteran orientation experience. Poster presented at the 2016 NODA: Association of Orientation, Transition, and Retention convention, Denver, Colorado
    • 2015 Witkowsky, P. A. & Orscheln, P., Orientation structure: Strategizing and managing change. Program presented at the 2015 annual ACPA Convention, Tampa, Florida.
    • 2015 Witkowsky, P. A. & Dunn, V., Educating students toward financial wellness. Program presented at the 2015 annual ACPA Convention, Tampa, Florida.
    • 2015 Witkowsky, P. A. & Dunn, V., Financial wellness for the student affairs professional. Program presented at the 2015 annual ACPA Convention, Tampa, Florida.
    • 2015 Witkowsky, P. A., You can be a presenter at your next conference. Program presented at the 2015 College Personnel Association of Colorado Conference, Denver, Colorado.
    • 2015 Witkowsky, P. A. & King, A., Making student organization trainings work. Program presented at the 2015 College Personnel Association of Colorado Conference, Denver, Colorado.
    • 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.

 

Service

University

• 2017-Present College of Education Representative, Faculty Council
• 2017-Present Member, Undergraduate Research Journal Faculty Advisory Board
• 2016-Present Co-Representative for the College of Education, Faculty Minority Affairs Committee (FMAC)
• 2016-Present Member, College of Education Diversity Committee
• 2016-Present Member, Student Success Assessment Team
• 2015-Present Mentor, UCCSlead program
• 2015-Present Member, Curriculum Committee, College of Education
• 2015-Present Global Intercultural Research Center (GLINT) Faculty Associate
• 2016-2017 Ethics Faculty Fellow, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative

 Professional

• 2000-Present Class Secretary (Occidental College)
• 2008-Present Conference Program Reviewer, American College Personnel Association
• 2012-Present Associate Editor, Journal of College Orientation and Transitions, National Orientation Directors Association
• 2013-Present Associate Editor, Journal of College Orientation and Transition (Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention)
• 2015-Present Faculty Representative, College Personnel Association of Colorado
• 2015-Present Reviewer, The Journal of College and University Student Housing
• 2015-Present Review Board Member, Research in Brief and On-the-Campus sections of the Journal of College Student Development
• 2015-Present Reviewer, Student Research Grants and Awards, Commission for Professional Preparation, America College Personnel Association
• 2014-2017 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)