Patricia Witkowsky, PhD

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Patricia Witkowsky, PhD

Assistant Professor and SAHE Program Coordinator; Leadership, Research, and Foundations
College of Education

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 the experiences of student affairs professionals. She is involved in ACPA: College Student Educators International as the Faculty-in-Residence for the Commission for the Global Dimensions of Student Development and in NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education as the co-Faculty Representative for the Orientation, Transition, and Retention Knowledge Community. Additionally, Dr. Witkowsky serves the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention as an Associate Editor of the Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention. At UCCS, Dr. Witkowsky serves on the Student Success Assessment Team and as a faculty affiliate for the Global Intercultural Research Center (GLINT). Dr. Witkowsky teaches leadership, college student development theory, research methods, internationalization, and supervised practicum courses in the M.A. in Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education program and in the Educational 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 5010: Personal and Professional Development in Student Affairs
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. (2020). “Expect the unexpected:” Experiences of U.S.-trained student affairs professionals working abroad. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 57(2), 212-227.
    • Witkowsky, P., Garnar, M., Starkey, K., Clayton, G., & Andersen, A. (2020). Approaches to advising incoming college students with dual enrollment credit. Accepted to the Journal of College Orientation and Transition.
    • Witkowsky, P., & Clayton, G. (2019). What makes dual enrollment work? High school counselor perspectives. Community College Journal of Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2019.1610676
    • Witkowsky, P., Obregon, V., Bruner, B., & Alanis, J. (2018). 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. https://doi.org/10.1177/1538192718810429
    • Witkowsky, P., & Mendez, S. (2018). Influence of a short-term study abroad experience on professional competencies and career aspirations of graduate students in student affairs. Journal of College Student Development, 59(6), 769-775. doi: 10.1353/csd.2018.0073
    • Mendez, S., Witkowsky, P., Morris, P., Brosseau, J., & Nicholson, H. (2018). Experiences in a student veteran transition seminar: Exploring the Thriving Transition Cycle. Journal of Veteran Studies, 3(2), 1-18.
    • 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

    • 2019 Witkowsky, P., Starkey, K., Garnar, M., & Clayton, G., Academic advisors’ perspectives of dual enrollment credit. Program presented at the 2019 National Symposium on Student Retention, New Orleans, LA.
    • 2019 Witkowsky, P., Starkey, K., Garnar, M., & Clayton, G., Approaches to advising incoming students with dual enrollment credit. Program presented at the 2019 National Symposium on Student Retention, New Orleans, LA.
    • 2019 Witkowsky, P., Expect the unexpected: Experiences of U.S.-trained student affairs professionals working abroad. Program presented at the 2019 NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education International Symposium, Los Angeles, California.
    • 2019 Witkowsky, P., Approaches to preparing student affairs professionals for global career opportunities. Program presented at the 2019 NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education Convention, Los Angeles, California.
    • 2018 Clayton, G., & Witkowsky, P. Differences in concurrent enrollment GPA outcomes based on course format. Paper presented at the 2018 Conference of First Year Experience Students in Transition, Indianapolis, Indiana.
    • 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

Service

University

  • 2016-Present Member, Student Success Assessment Team
  • 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)
  • 2008-2018 Conference Program Reviewer, ACPA: College Student Educators International
  • 2013-Present Associate Editor, Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention, NODA: Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention)
  • 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
  • 2018-Present Faculty-in-Residence, Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development, ACPA: College Student Educators International
  • 2019-Present Co-Faculty Representative, Orientation, Transition, and Retention Knowledge Community, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • 2015-2018 Reviewer, The Journal of College and University Student Housing, Association for College and University Housing Officers-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

  • Witkowsky, P., & Bell, M. (2019). The Experiences of Resident Advisors (RAs) Facilitating Social Justice Interactions in the Residential Curriculum Model, ACUHO-I, $6,750
  • 2019 Witkowsky, P., Experiences of Post-Traditional Students in Intergenerational Student Affairs Preparation Programs, NASPA IV-West, $500
  • 2019 Witkowsky, P., College Access Service Learning in Student Affairs in Higher Education Undergraduate Coursework, UCCS Faculty Resource Center High Impact Practices, $3,000
  • 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