HESI Master's Alumi Profiles
Higher Education, Student Affiairs, and International Education Policy (HESI)
Emily Doan, (M.A., 2010). Originally from New Hampshire, Emily completed her undergraduate degree in Integrated Language Arts Education at Cedarville University in Ohio. After teaching high school English in Rockville, Maryland for two years, she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Maryland.
During her two-year program, she held graduate assistantships at the University Health Center and the Department of Resident Life, co-instructed EDCP-315 Student Leadership in Organizations, and interned at the University Career Center and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Her seminar paper “Engaging Alumni to Encourage Alumni Participation” explored how the undergraduate and alumni experiences encourage – and sometimes discourage – alumni from giving financially or of their time and talent to their alma mater.
Emily remained at the University of Maryland after graduation as the Smith Fellows Program Coordinator conducting academic programming for the Robert H. Smith School of Business undergraduate students. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, running, travelling, attending shows at the Kennedy Center, and spending time with friends and family.
Katie Munsch (M.A., 2010) graduated with an MA in Higher Education in 2010. Her seminar paper titled “Completing the Maze: The Path to a Bachelor’s Degree for Community College Transfer Students” focused on the factors that increase the time to degree completion for community college transfer students.
During her time at Maryland, Katie worked as a graduate assistant for Off-Campus Student Involvement within the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life. She also completed an internship in the Department of Resident Life’s Office of Educational Programs and Outreach and served as the 09-10 Master’s Student Representative to the Faculty.
Before coming to Maryland, Katie received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University.
Katie currently works as a Community Director in the Office of Campus Life at Point Park University, a small private school in Pittsburgh, PA. As a native of Pittsburgh, Katie is happy to be back in her hometown. In her free time, Katie likes to try new foods and restaurants, travel, run, and spend time with family and friends.
Aleece Sisson (M.A., 2010) is a 2010 graduate of the Higher Education program. During her time in the program she served as the 2010 Preview Chair and helped launch the creation of the Graduation Celebration affectionately known as "That's What Higher Ed Does" (TWHED). Aleece also served as a Student Affairs Residential Fellow within the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life for two years. Her seminar paper titled, "The Challenges of K-16 reform in an age of Decentralization" was a guiding force to her current research interests surrounding K-16 policies and practices.
Aleece is currently a PhD student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University. She hopes to pursue a career as a faculty member and continue doing research that will impact future state and national education policies. Her assistantship at MSU is to serve as the Project Manager for the One Book, One Community Program and also serves as the Administrative Coordinator for the Community Relations Coalition.
As a true Michigander, Aleece is happy to be back in her home state and enjoying time with her friends and family in Northern Michigan. She is a graduate of Albion College where she studied political science and public policy. In her free time she enjoys catching up with her Cohort members from UMD who are now spread throughout the country.
Miki Yoshioka (M.A., 2009) graduated with an MA in Higher Education Administration in 2009. Her seminar paper titled “The Invisible Minority: An Examination of Access and College Choice of Southeast Asian Students” focused on the unique challenges Southeast Asians students face in accessing higher education and the factors that influence their college choice.
Originally from Hilo, Hawaii, Miki received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the George Washington University. During her time as a graduate student, Miki worked as a graduate assistant in the R.H. Smith School of Business’ Office of Undergraduate Studies. She also completed an internship in the Department of Resident Life’s Human Resources office. Additionally, she served as the 08-09 Master’s Student Representative to the Faculty.
Miki currently works in Letters & Sciences at UMD as an academic advisor for the Markets & Society program. In her free time, Miki loves reading, watching movies, baking, and spending time with her friends.
Mark Stewart (M.A., 2008) began his work on sustainability at Maryland in 2006 as a graduate student in the Higher Education program. While finishing up his master's, Mark became the Campus Sustainability Coordinator in early 2008. Mark's areas of interest focus on education and outreach initiatives that serve to integrate sustainability in the curriculum and student experience, create a culture of sustainability on campus, and transform the campus into a model sustainable community. During his time in the program, Mark studied the role of higher education in creating a sustainable society.
Prior to attending graduate school, he taught high school earth and environmental science in Howard County, MD. He holds a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland in Baltimore County. Mark is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
Meredith Billings (M.A., 2008) graduated with a M.A. from the Higher Education program in 2008. Her research interests focus on organizational change, academic decision-making, and department chair leadership. She is also interested in the role of higher education as a public good and the importance of the liberal arts curriculum in today's world. Her seminar paper was entitled "Tension & Transformation: Organizational Change and Resistance within Academic Departments" which focused on the factors and barriers to successful organizational change within academic departments.
Meredith is originally from the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. In May 2004, she received a B.S. in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary. After her bachelor's degree, Meredith worked as an AmeriCorps *VISTA in the Alliance for Civic Engagement at Middlebury College.
While at the University of Maryland, she was a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions working with the limited enrollment programs. She was also a Graduate Intern in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, & Assessment as well as an Academic Advisor in the Department of Psychology.
Currently, Meredith lives in Arlington, MA, and is a Research Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research & Evaluation at Tufts University. She enjoys good literature, traveling to exotic places, and continuing to learn about higher education.
James B. Massey (M.A., 2007) graduated with his masters from the Higher Education Program in 2006. His seminar topic was entitled “Articulation: Challenges Encountered in Establishing Articulation Agreements Between Two and Four-Year Institutions.” The purpose of the paper was to explore the challenges that institutions face when pursuing articulation agreements while continuing to best serve their students. James began his graduate study at University of Maryland in the Fall of 2003 after completing his undergraduate studies in Journalism and Africana Studies at Rutgers University in the Spring of 2003. While at Rutgers, James was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and completed an Honors Thesis entitled “Black Men and Access to Higher Education.” This research project inspired him to pursue graduate studies and a career in post-secondary admissions and higher education administration.
James began at Maryland as a graduate assistant in research and marketing in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and quickly transitioned into the role of admission counselor by the fall of 2004 while continuing his graduate studies full time. Later on, James served as the Coordinator of Merit Scholarships and Special Programs for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions working with the invitation process to the university’s living and learning programs including the University Honors Program and the College Park Scholars program as well as the merit scholarship awarding process for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Currently, James serves as the Assistant Director of Freshman Admissions.