Leadership in Higher Education
School of Education
(440) 826-2166, (440) 826-3779 (fax)
Admission Office, Adult & Graduate Education
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The leadership in higher education (LHE) program is a distinctive master's degree program integrating student affairs and academic affairs, preparing transformative leaders who are ready to tackle current and future challenges in higher education.
Research on college student success, along with the increasingly competitive enrollment and accountability climate for higher education, point to the benefits of integrating academic and student affairs practice in support of student retention and positive graduation rates. Professionals who build successful careers in college and university administration know the impact and influence they have in recruiting and retaining students, and in helping each student realize his or her full potential. BW's distinctive LHE program recognizes this need and develops transformative leaders who answer this call.
Baldwin Wallace University is the only private college in Ohio offering a master's degree program that uniquely integrates student affairs and academic affairs — a program that is relevant to careers in all facets of University life. Core courses include student development theory, campus diversity and college outcomes. Others explore ethical decision making, funding and finance, curriculum and instruction, staff development and marketing practices. Graduates of the LHE program have a distinctive set of skills, knowledge and experiences, making them highly employable and promotable in colleges and universities nationwide.
ENROLL FULL TIME OR PART TIME
This program is designed for full-time and part-time students from a variety of backgrounds — recent college graduates, working professionals in higher education and individuals seeking a career transition to higher education.
Review a complete list of courses in the LHE program outline.
Full-time students enroll in a cohort learning community, progressing through the program together. This approach enriches and supports the learning process as students build networks and collegial relationships. Students complete two professional-level internships at BW and/or other local colleges and universities; one in student affairs and one in academic affairs. Enrollment into the program is contingent upon being selected for an internship through a competitive interview process. The program requires completion of 46 credits — 30 course credits and 16 internship credits. Required courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters, with the summer between years available for practicum or elective coursework.
Part-time students complete career-enhancing internships with the colleges or universities where they are employed. The part-time program is for working professionals who have established a career in higher education and who wish to study as they continue to pursue their career. Applicants to the part-time program must have at least two years of full-time higher education employment, with at least one year in their current position. Part-time applicants secure approval from their current employer to complete an internship that averages eight hours per week as part of the program requirements. The part-time LHE program may be completed within two and a half years when taking one to two courses per semester. Classes meet one evening a week.
Students experience professional internships and practica in both student and academic affairs. Students develop the ability to analyze policy; assess students' needs; create, implement and evaluate programs; and foster environments that enhance student learning in all areas of campus life.
Students also complete a project-based practicum in an area different from their internships.
Full-time LHE students complete 16 credit hours of internship over the course of their program. This equates to two academic years of internship, with the second year internship in a different area from the first year internship. Each yearly internship requires approximately 20 hours of work per week and carries a $10,000 stipend (or $20,000 for the two-year program). All full-time students for the LHE program interview for and receive an internship position at Baldwin Wallace University in the spring prior to enrollment. First-year students are offered internships on the Baldwin Wallace University campus. Second-year students hold internships at BW and may also have the opportunity to intern with a partner college on another campus.
Part-time students complete their internship experiences at their current place of employment. Their current position may be expanded to serve as an internship site, or they may secure an approved internship in another department at the college or university where they are employed. The internship must be specifically designated and clearly differentiated from the other work of the position to provide new learning experiences, and the employee needs to be in the current position for one year.
Current BW Internships
Academic Advising Intern
This is a 20-hour per week internship. The academic advising intern will focus on undergraduate, day student advising, registration education, and the education and oversight of undergraduate student advising peer mentors. The intern's specific responsibilities will build on his/her experience, skills and professional aspirations. The intern will assist the advising director and assistant, and interact with students, parents, faculty advisors, staff and administrators.
View a detailed description of the Academic Advising internship.
Academic Affairs Intern
This position would be for an internship in academic affairs serving the provost, the associate provost and dean of the college of arts and sciences, the assistant provost, and the director of institutional research & assessment. Duties would be divided between these four individuals and the intern would work on several projects over the course of the internship.
The admission graduate intern will contribute to the overall recruitment efforts of Baldwin Wallace University by performing duties and obtaining skills typical of an admission counselor. The full range of recruitment and leadership duties will build on the graduate intern's current experience and expand to reach the specific goals of the intern and BW. This is a part-time (20 hour/week), nine-month position reporting to an associate director of admission.
View a detailed description of the Admission internship.
Adult & Continuing Education/Registration & Records
This internship will be split with a 10-hour per week commitment in adult & continuing education and the other 10 hours will be completed in registration & records. In the Office of Adult & Continuing Education, the graduate intern will gain experience and assist with department program planning and coordination of services for non-traditional students attending Baldwin Wallace University. In the Office of Registration & Records, this position will offer a unique opportunity to participate in Commencement planning and all activities surrounding the graduation process. Duties will include reviewing degree audits, processing applications for graduation and degree completion forms, updating student records in Colleague, attending Commencement and handling waivers and substitutions.
View a detailed description for the Adult & Continuing Education/Registration & Records internship.
Adult and Graduate Admission Intern
This comprehensive internship will provide an in-depth understanding of the communications, strategy and relationship-building involved in the enrollment of LHE and other adult/graduate students to Baldwin Wallace University – from first point of contact, through the application and admission process, to financial aid considerations, orientation and enrollment. Focus will be working with the recruitment and enrollment of new students in the leadership in higher education (LHE) program and at least one other adult/graduate market such as nursing or physician assistant. The adult and graduate admission intern will contribute to the overall recruitment efforts of Baldwin Wallace University by performing duties and obtaining skills typical of an admission counselor working with non-traditional transfer and graduate students interested in programs such as leadership in higher education, nursing, physician assistant, speech-language pathology, teacher education and more.
View a detailed description for the Adult and Graduate Admission Intern - OPEN 2015
Alumni and Advancement Intern
This position will work with the professional staff in BW's alumni relations and development offices. The intern will assist in the formation and implementation of events and programs which help to advance the University through increased alumni participation as well as the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewarding of donors.
View a detailed description of the Alumni and Advancement internship.
School of Business Intern
The School of Business intern works closely with the graduate coordinator in the School of Business to administer and support programs and processes related to graduate international student enrollment in the school. The intern will gain leadership experience in the following academic and student support processes: admission/recruitment, orientation, academic advising, international student support, government regulations and program evaluation.
View a detailed description for the School of Business internship.
CARE/MNM (Center for Alcohol Related Issues Education/MidNightMadness) Intern
The graduate intern is a member of the student affairs staff at Baldwin Wallace University and reports to the director of student life/director of CARE. The graduate intern is responsible for implementing the goals of the CARE office and working toward achieving the center's mission. The roles of the graduate intern include advisor of student run organization(s), programmer, resource person, presenter, mentor/role model and administrator.
View a detailed description for the CARE/MNM internship.
Career Services Intern
Every student at Baldwin Wallace University has a unique plan for their college career and where they hope the future will take them. BW career services is available to assist each student to develop, implement and refine that plan. Career services is a comprehensive office that combines one-on-one career advising, group programs and web-based technologies to equip BW students with the necessary skills and tools to independently manage their careers from freshman year to graduation and throughout their lives.
View a detailed description of the Career Services internship.
This position will work with the professional staff and faculty in BW's Conservatory of Music. The intern will complete autonomous projects which help to advance the Conservatory's mission and contribute to the Conservatory's soon-to-be-completed strategic plan, "BW Conservatory 2020."
View a detailed description of the Conservatory internship.
The graduate internship in the Office of Financial Aid gives the student a broad-based understanding of the financial aid profession. The intern will learn about need analysis, packaging, verification and the processing of student aid. In addition, the intern will also assist with processing and communication of financial aid, as well as assist students and families with general financial aid information in person, over the phone and via email. This position will also have the unique opportunity to assist with retention efforts within the Office of Financial Aid.
View a detailed description of the Financial Aid internship.
Honors Program Intern
The honors program intern will have an opportunity to apply the developmental theory and research and leadership skills from their course work in a real-world setting, under the supervision of the Honors Program director, Amy Story. The intern will understand the advantages of integrating the work of student affairs and academic affairs, offering maximum support for Honors Program students and improving response to ethical, legal and political forces that shape the operation of the Honors Program.
View a detailed description of the Honors Program internship.
Jacket Link Bridge Intern
The JLB internship position incorporates aspects of both academic affairs and diversity affairs. The JLB program serves approximately 40 first-year students from various backgrounds in their successful transition to college. The JLB intern manages and helps to facilitate training of student mentors who will work with first-year student participants from the pre-matriculation workshop through the end of their first year. The intern will be responsible for maintaining ongoing communication with mentors and students regarding University opportunities, cultural programming and academic resources throughout the academic year. They will also gain valuable experience in direct student support through academic and diversity affairs. Specifically, the intern will gain experience connecting students to and collaborating with colleagues from across campus including: academic advising; faculty; financial aid; health & counseling services; learning center; residence life and student affairs. The intern will have the opportunity to develop skills in areas such as: budget management, collaboration, creative problem solving, event planning, marketing, program evaluation, project management, social media management and other areas of personal interest to encourage professional development.
View a detailed description of the Jacket Link Bridge internship.
Learning Center and Disability Services Intern
The learning center and disability services intern will assist the director in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Learning Center & Disability Services for Students programs and services. Responsibilities include teaching a study strategies course fall and spring semesters, assisting in the assessment and evaluation of learning center programs and services, providing academic coaching to undergraduate students on study strategies and assisting in the training of the tutoring staff.
View a detailed description for the Learning Center and Disability Services internship.
Residence Life at Baldwin Wallace
Hall directors become acquainted with all residents to establish good relationships. They assess personal, academic and social problems of residents, and become aware of the cultures and sub-cultures of the campus. Hall directors are aware of available resources and make appropriate referrals as well as recognize situations in which intervention or mediation is both appropriate and necessary. Most hall directors at Baldwin Wallace University work as graduate interns for one of several unique offices in student affairs. Our internships provide extended opportunities to interact with the community, develop leadership skills and participate in the daily workings of specialty groups on campus.
View a detailed description of the Residence Life internship.
School of Education
The School of Education intern will receive a list of assigned duties that build on the intern's experience to date and would enhance the intern's professional aspirations. The intern would be introduced to the full range of work done in education graduate programs and be afforded an opportunity to obtain experience and skill in assuming leadership duties typical of academic affairs administration. The intern will also work with the graduate admission office, assisting in website maintenance and recruiting students.
View a detailed description of the School of Education internship.
Student Success Intern
This intern will work with the director of SSI and the dean of students coordinating and maintaining initiatives associated with first-year retention efforts that involve the First-Year Experience course and assessment, as well as the LDR course offered to pre-selected students. The intern will receive support and understanding of how these efforts work in concert in achieving various student success initiatives that involve the University's curricular and co-curricular efforts.
View a detailed description of the Student Success internship.
Service Learning and Community Outreach Intern
This intern will work as a member of the Office of Community Outreach staff and report to the director of community outreach and service-learning. The intern will assist in the development of new service-learning initiatives, supervise course assistants, coordinate training programs and be responsible for various programming and experiences for students. This intern also serves as a hall director at Archwood House, a University-owned facility on the westside of Cleveland.
View a detailed description of the Service Learning and Community Outreach internship.
STEM Scholars Intern
The STEM scholars intern position incorporates aspects of both academic affairs and student affairs. The STEM scholars intern coaches a caseload of STEM scholars and assists with all aspects of managing BW's STEM scholars program. The STEM scholars intern will collaborate with colleagues from across campus, such as: academic affairs, admission, Center for Innovation and Growth, faculty, financial aid, health & counseling services, learning center, residence life, staff, student affairs and university relations. The STEM scholars intern will have the opportunity to develop skills in: budget development and management, collaboration, event planning, grant writing, grant reporting, innovation, marketing, program evaluation, project management, recruitment, resource management, social media management and student coaching.
View a detailed description for the STEM Scholars internship.
Study Abroad/International Student Services Intern
The explorations/study abroad intern will assist in programming, advising and marketing of study away opportunities. Responsibilities include coordination of the Study Abroad Fair, promoting international education to the campus community, advising interested students on international opportunities, serving as a positive role model by being knowledgeable and compassionate of cultural differences, advising/supervising the explorations student peer advisors, and hosting international guests and others throughout the semester. The international student services intern is a member of the student affairs staff at Baldwin Wallace University and reports to the co-directors of international student services. The intern is responsible for implementing the goals of the international student services office and working toward achieving its mission of planning, implementing and promoting international student services and programs throughout the academic calendar. The intern also plays a significant role in the promotion and development of leadership opportunities for Baldwin Wallace students as well as addressing global issues in a variety of creative, challenging and meaningful ways that will be of benefit to the entire BW community. The internship also includes serving in the capacity of programming resource person and administrator.
View a detailed description for the Study Abroad/International Student Services internship.
University Relations Intern
As a valued member of the university relations team, this intern will combine exposure to the traditional areas of institutional communication — public information and media relations, publications, alumni communications, advertising and marketing communications, campus photography and video production, web content management, e-communications and special events — with an emphasis placed on new media and emerging technologies.
View a detailed description for the University Relations internship.
Internships at Other Colleges/Universities
Cuyahoga Community College: Student Services & Orientation Intern
The Tri-C West graduate intern in student services and orientation is encouraged to spend his/her year-long internship becoming familiar with Tri-C West, its students and curriculum as well as all aspects of assisting students, conducting orientation and further developing student success initiatives. The graduate intern will be expected to be current with institution-wide policies, procedures and programmatic offerings of Tri-C West. As a full member of the team, the graduate intern will be able to engage in a variety of activities that will enhance his/her professional growth and development.
View a detailed description for the Cuyahoga Community College internship.
The Office of Admissions at Oberlin College invites applications for the position of admissions graduate intern. This is a part-time (20 hour/week), nine-month administrative and professional staff position reporting to a senior associate director of admissions. The admissions graduate intern will contribute to the overall recruitment efforts of Oberlin College by assisting with the planning and implementation of procedures and programs for attracting and matriculating students.
Graduates of the LHE program have a distinctive set of skills, knowledge and experiences, making them highly employable and promotable in colleges and universities nationwide. Students develop the ability to analyze policy; assess students' needs; create, implement and evaluate programs; and foster environments that enhance student learning in all areas of campus life.
Jennifer DeSantis, 2013 LHE Graduate
Assistant Director for Academic Resources, Case Western Reserve University
It was my second week as the assistant director for academic resources at Case Western Reserve University. My supervisor had just supplied me with resources to review relating to peer tutoring. Then, there they were: Astin, Chickering, Perry, Kolb, Schlossberg, Kuh and more! In that moment, I was able to reflect and truly appreciate my experiences in the LHE program at BW. The integration of theory into practice paired with practical application through internship and practicum experiences helped me tremendously. In my current position at CWRU, I supervise and manage the campus-wide peer tutoring program and assist with the daily management of the study group +1 and supplemental instruction programs. Additionally, I advocate and provide services and programming for commuter students, collaborate with programming for first-year experience, housing and residence life, and the undergraduate studies offices. BW's LHE program helped me develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in this position and throughout my career in higher education.
LHE internships: Leadership in Higher Education and MAEd Intern, Adult & Continuing Education Intern
Alexandria Romanovich, 2012 LHE Graduate
Student Services Coordinator for Orientation, INTO University of South Florida
As student services coordinator for INTO University of South Florida, I coordinate orientation for hundreds of international students enrolled in three distinct programs. The LHE curriculum fully prepared me for this job, as I served a diverse population as graduate intern for Baldwin Wallace's international student services and co-organized new student orientations as a graduate intern for Cuyahoga Community College. I also developed a peer-advising program during my practicum with BW's explorations and study abroad office. Through these positions, as well as in-class discussions and readings, I've been able to use theories related to student development to create orientations that will retain INTO students and foster their success. Attending BW for both undergraduate and graduate school enabled me to build solid relationships with many professionals in the realm of higher education. I may live in Tampa now, but my heart will always be in Berea!
LHE Internships: International Student Services Intern (BW), Student Success and Orientation Intern (Cuyahoga Community College)
Nicole Gatrell, 2013 LHE Graduate
Director of International Student Services, Hiram College
I was enrolled in the leadership in higher education program at Baldwin Wallace University as a part-time student while working full time at Hiram College. At Hiram, I am part of a four-person team that comprises ethnic diversity affairs, international students, commuter students, the welcome center and campus involvement. The option of enrolling part time in the LHE program afforded me the opportunity to maintain and expand my responsibilities at Hiram College while pursuing my master's degree. I took one class a semester along with an internship. After completing an internship on how my department could incorporate commuter student services, I became the coordinator of this new program as part of the student engagement team. My internships have also allowed me to work with retention warning systems, co-teach a study strategies and time management course, and lead a grant-funded peer mentoring program for African American and Hispanic students. Our class discussions and topics were meaningfully reflected in the tasks I complete on a daily basis at Hiram College. The ideas and concepts we learned in the LHE program assist me in continually growing as a professional in higher education.
LHE Internships: (all at Hiram College) Impact Peer Mentoring, Student Academic Services, Commuter Student Services
Eric Dubitsky, 2013 LHE Graduate
Assistant Director of Advancement, College of Business Administration, Kent State University
The Leadership in Higher Education program thoroughly prepared me for a career in higher education. Academically, the coursework was focused on what it takes to be a leader and innovator in a complex and competitive environment. My two internships (Admissions and Learning Center & Disability Support Services) provided me with experiential learning opportunities to apply the coursework I was learning in the classroom. As a student I was impressed by the commitment of the University, faculty, and the practitioners to make our experiences meaningful and applicable. Currently, I am working at Kent State University as an Assistant Director of Advancement in the College of Business Administration. I work with alumni and friends of the University to gather support for the college on all levels. Working with various faculty, administrators, and staff I am required to understand the complex network of how higher education functions, and Baldwin Wallace supplied me with the tools to navigate.
LHE Internships: Admission Intern, Learning Center & Disability Support Services Intern
Valerie Rambin, 2011 LHE Graduate
Program Associate, Japan Study Program, Earlham College
I discovered BW's leadership in higher education program when I was looking for a career in higher education that would allow me to continue working with students and families from diverse backgrounds. I find joy in helping students make the best choices for them whether it be helping them choose the right university, the study abroad program that best meets their needs or advising students on academic programs. My position as program associate for the Japan Study Program at Earlham College integrates my skills – my position is part study abroad advisor for all Earlham students who want to study in Japan, and part recruiter for the Japan Study Program at other colleges and universities in the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). I help oversee two programs: the Japan Study Program and the Studies in Cross-Cultural Education in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
LHE Internships: Study Abroad and Intercultural Education Intern (BW), Admissions Intern (Oberlin College).
Zachary McGrain, 2012 LHE Graduate
Assistant Director, Career and Leadership Development Center, Ohio University
My first career position after graduating from the LHE program was academic advisor for the nursing program at Ohio University. A year later, the assistant director position for the Career and Leadership Center (CLDC) and College of Health Sciences and Professions (CLSP) came open and I saw it as an opportunity that I could not pass up. At BW, one of my internships was in career services and I really enjoyed the career development process. Now in my new position as assistant director, I serve as a liaison between the CLDC and CHSP in order to develop a strategic plan to help CHSP students. The Career and Leadership Development Center at Ohio University provides services and resources that help students and alumni/ae succeed on their career path and develop the necessary leadership skills for the global workforce. We view career and leadership development as a lifelong process and strive to provide comprehensive assistance in many areas of career and leadership development. We are also here to provide services that will enable employers to effectively recruit their future workforce talent. At OU, we collaborate across the institution to help all employers establish a recruiting pipeline by utilizing our center's resources.
LHE Internships: Career Services Intern, Learning Center Intern.
Grace Clifford, 2011 LHE Graduate
Assistant Director of ESS Disability Resources at Case Western Reserve University
At the end of my undergraduate career, I was torn between applying to graduate programs in education or clinical counseling. I was avoiding the stack of applications piling up on my desk because none of it felt right. Then, I received the email from BW announcing the leadership in higher education program and my soul searching was done. I was incredibly excited to be part of the pioneering cohort and "tenacious 13." The program offered me one of a kind, in-depth experiences in higher education that have opened up countless doors for me both personally and professionally. As the learning center intern, I had the opportunity to hire and train peer tutors, create drop-in tutoring opportunities, and create and teach a course. During my second year as the disability services intern, I was able to get in-depth training in the field which aided me in landing my dream job as assistant director of ESS disability resources at Case Western Reserve University. (I have the added bonus of being office neighbors with LHE alum, Jennifer DeSantis!)
LHE Internships: Learning Center Intern and Disability Services Intern.
Heather Schwager, 2011 LHE Graduate
Director of Admissions, Magnificat High School
It was the week of my college graduation when I discovered BW’s leadership in higher education program, and like most college seniors, I was unsure of my next step. In speaking with the faculty and staff involved in the program, I knew Baldwin Wallace University and the LHE program would be a great fit. The LHE program provided me with the fundamental skills needed in higher education administration, specifically within the realms of academic and student affairs. I was able to put these skills into practice through my internships and practicum, which provided a bridge into real-life experiences in higher education. In my current position as director of admissions at Magnificat High School, I use my leadership and organizational skills on a daily basis when working with current and prospective students and their families. It’s an exciting time to be in higher education, and Baldwin Wallace was the stepping stone I needed to create my future success.
LHE Internships: Living/Learning Intern, Kohler Hall Director, Student Activities Intern
Brandy Bast, 2012 LHE Graduate
Student Success Mentor/Coach, Goodwill Education Initiatives – Indianapolis
As soon as I graduated from the LHE program, I successfully secured a position working with Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc. as a success coach/mentor in Indianapolis, Indiana. My position at Goodwill allows me to work with high school students who were unable to finish but who want to pursue their diploma. The LHE program provides students with a holistic view of higher education and equips graduates with a variety of practical experiences. The experiences I had in the classroom and in my internships allowed me to pursue my passion...working with at-risk students and first-generation college students. The research and projects I completed in the LHE program were geared toward first-generation college students. The skills gained through practical experience and previous coursework prepared me to take on the role at Goodwill with confidence and passion!
LHE Internships: Adult & Continuing Education Intern, Student Success Intern
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 PhD 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 vice president 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 serves 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 PhD 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.