MAEd - Leadership in Higher Education


Faculty in the LHE Program

Kenneth Schneck, Ph.D.
Director of the Leadership in Higher Education Program,
Associate Professor of Education

As Director of the Leadership in Higher Education (LHE) Program at Baldwin Wallace University, Dr. Schneck serves as the advisor for all LHE students and performs all administrative tasks pertaining to initial internship placement and practicum experiences, as well as assisting in the expansion of opportunities for our LHE students to engage in professional development. In the LHE program, Dr. Schneck  teaches courses on student development theory, race/class/gender in higher education, college leadership and the intersection of public policy and higher education.

Before joining Baldwin Wallace, Dr. Schneck was a faculty member and dean of students (the Chief Student Affairs Officer) at Marlboro College in Southern Vermont. Prior, he has served as the assistant dean of student affairs at Sarah Lawrence College, assistant director of residence life at the School of American Ballet, and assistant director of the center for student development and campus activities at Pace University. He has been elected to myriad national positions within the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), including creating and serving as the first National Chair of the Alcohol and Other Drug Knowledge Community. He is the host and producer of "This Show is So Gay," a nationally syndicated radio show and a regular contributor to both the "College" and "Gay Voices" sections of the Huffington Post.

Dr. Schneck received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from New York University and his Ph.D. from Fordham University.


Karen Kaye, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Education

As Dean of the School of Education at Baldwin Wallace University, Dr. Kaye's responsibilities include both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Kaye teaches in the undergraduate program and in the Leadership in Higher Education master's degree program. In the LHE program, Dr. Kaye teaches EDU560, History/Philosophy of Higher Education.

Prior to coming to BW in July 2002, Dr. Kaye was the Assistant Dean for Student Administration and Academic Support at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Kaye's experience spans over 30 years - including positions as instructor, academic advisor, and administrator. In addition to her 13 years as an administrator with the Mandel School of Applied and Social Sciences, Dr. Kaye spent two years with Bowling Green State University. She began her education career as a teacher in the Avon Lake City School district for 10 years.

Dr. Kaye graduated from Oberlin College, Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her master of education and doctorate in higher education administration degrees from Bowling Green State University. She is a district representative to the Ohio Association of Private Colleges of Teacher Education and serves on the editorial board of the AILACTE Journal.


Trina Dobberstein, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Dr. Dobberstein has been involved in higher education for over 30 years in the areas of Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Affairs. She has served Baldwin Wallace University as VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students since 2005. In the LHE program, Dr. Dobberstein teaches EDU 561, Student and Adult Development in Higher Education Practice, and EDU564, Ethical Leadership in Higher Education.

Dr. Dobberstein has received awards including the Intercultural Relations Director Award, WVWC in 2002 and the Distinguished Service Award for WVASPA in 2003. Dr. Dobberstein also services on the Advisory Board for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and is a member of the Board of Directors for START, a program to assist at-risk youth.

Dr. Dobberstein received her bachelor's degree from Luther College and her master's degree from Bradley University, before earning her Ph. D. from Illinois State University in Educational Administration. Prior to coming to Baldwin Wallace University, Dr. Dobberstein served as Vice President for Student Affairs at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She also held the position of Dean of Student Development and Enrollment Management at West Virginia Wesleyan.


Robert Janke, Ph.D.
Professor of Education

In the LHE program, Dr. Janke teaches EDU 511, Educational Research. Dr. Janke's interests have focused upon how students learn and the most effective strategies for helping students to learn. He has been a classroom teacher, a school psychologist, and a researcher in the schools. He has published or presented in multiple journals and conferences with areas of interest in social skills, mathematics achievement, and reading achievement. He teaches courses in assessment, research, and psychological foundations.

Dr. Janke received his bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His professional memberships include the American Educational Research Association and the American Psychological Association.


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