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. (in press). Influence of a short-term study abroad experience on professional competencies and career aspirations of graduate students in student affairs professional preparation programs. Journal of College Student Development.
    • Witkowsky, P., Obregon, V., Bruner, B., & Alanis, J. (accepted). Connecting familismo and higher education: Influence of Spanish language parent and family member orientation programs on Latinx family involvement and sense of belonging. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.
    • Witkowsky, P., Dinise-Halter, A., Yakaboski, T., & Long, S. (2018). Creating supportive educational communities for non-traditional women in student affairs preparation programs. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
    • Mendez, S., Witkowsky, P., Allee, A., Christensen, B., & Stiles, C. (2017). Sorority ritual participation and self-efficacy. Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, 12(1), 1-19.
    • 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

    • 2018 Witkowsky, P., & Mendez, S., Influence of short-term study abroad on student affairs graduate students. Program presented at the 2018 annual ACPA Convention, Houston, Texas.
    • 2018 Bayer, B., & Witkowsky, P., Implementing a divisional assessment plan without additional resources. Program presented at the 2018 annual ACPA Convention, Houston, Texas.
    • 2018 Nassar, M., et al., Navigating through assumptions: Faculty transition and social responsibility. Program presented at the 2018 annual ACPA Convention, Houston, Texas.
    • 2018 Witkowsky, P., Obregon, V., Bruner, B., & Alanis, J., Influence of bilingual parent and family orientation programs on families. Program presented at the 2018 annual ACPA Convention, Houston, Texas.
    • 2017 Witkowsky, P., & Clayton, G., What makes concurrent enrollment work? The impact and role of high school counselors. Program presented at the 2017 Colorado Council on High School and College Relations conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    • 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.

Service

University

  • 2017-Present Member, Undergraduate Research Journal Faculty Advisory Board
  • 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
  • 2014-Present Coordinator, Student Affairs in Higher Education program
  • 2017-2018 College of Education Representative, Faculty Assembly
  • 2016-2018 Co-Representative for the College of Education, Faculty Minority Affairs Committee (FMAC)
  • 2016-2017 Member, College of Education Diversity Committee
  • 2016-2017 Ethics Faculty Fellow, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative

Professional

  • 2000-Present Class Secretary (Occidental College)
  • 2008-Present Conference Program Reviewer, ACPA: College Student Educators International
  • 2013-Present Associate Editor, Journal of College Orientation and Transition, NODA: Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention)
  • 2015-Present Reviewer, The Journal of College and University Student Housing, Association for College and University Housing Officers-International
  • 2015-Present Review Board Member, Research in Brief and On-the-Campus sections of the Journal of College Student Development, ACPA: College Student Educators International
  • 2015-Present Reviewer, Student Research Grants and Awards, Commission for Professional Preparation, ACPA: College Student Educators International
  • 2018-Present Faculty-in-Residence, Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development, ACPA: College Student Educators International
  • 2015-2017 Faculty Representative, College Personnel Association of Colorado
  • 2014-2017 Directorate Member, Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and the First Year Experience (ACPA: College Student Educators International)
  • 2011-2013 Chair, Commission for Wellness (American College Personnel Association)
  • 2011 Chair, Region 3 Programming Chair (NODA: Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention)

Grants

  • 2017 Witkowsky, P., & Clayton, G., Academic Advisor Perspectives and Educational Experiences of High Credit-Bearing Incoming First Year Students, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, $3,300
  • 2017 Witkowsky, P., Experiences of U.S.-Trained Student Affairs Professionals Working in Higher Education Institutions Abroad, Global Intercultural Research Center (GLINT), University of Colorado Colorado Springs, $3,300
  • 2017 Clayton, G., & Witkowsky, P., Student Trends and Advising Practices in Concurrent Enrollment in Colorado, Committee for Research and Creative Works, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, $7,450
  • 2016 Witkowsky, P., Influence of Bilingual Parent and Family Member Orientation Programs on Sense of Belonging and Parental Involvement in Higher Education, Faculty Minority Affairs Committee, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, $200
  • 2016 Witkowsky, P., Obregon, V., & Alanis, J., Influence of Bilingual Parent and Family Member Orientation Programs on Sense of Belonging and Parental Involvement in Higher Education, NODA: Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention, $1,000
  • 2016 Witkowsky, P., The Educational Experiences of Non-Traditionally-Aged Female Student Affairs Graduate Students, Faculty Assembly Women’s Committee, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, $500
  • 2015 Recipient, Online Course Development Grant, Faculty Resource Center, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, $2,000
  • 2015 Witkowsky, P., Intercultural Development Inventory training, Faculty Minority Affairs Committee, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, $410
  • 2014 Witkowsky, P., The Educational Experiences of Non-Traditionally-Aged Female Student Affairs Graduate Students, Faculty Assembly Women’s Committee, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, $500