Leadership in Higher Education


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(440) 826-8012, MAEd@bw.edu

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275 Eastland Road
Berea, Ohio 44017

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Lydia Avery
Associate Director of Admission - Transfer, Adult and Graduate Programs
(440) 826-8016, lavery@bw.edu

School of Education

(440) 826-2166, (440) 826-3779 (fax)

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

Baldwin Wallace is the only private university in Ohio offering a master's degree program that uniquely integrates student affairs and academic affairs — making the leadership in higher education (LHE) program a distinctive graduate school preparation for careers in all facets of University life.

Colleges and universities operate in an increasingly competitive enrollment and accountability climate today. Higher education professionals who build successful careers know the impact and influence they have when collaborating full resources in both student affairs and academic affairs to help each student realize his or her full potential. BW's distinctive LHE program recognizes this need and develops transformative leaders who are ready to tackle current and future challenges in higher education.

LHE curriculum includes student development theory, campus diversity, ethical leadership, public policy dimensions of higher education, funding and finance, counseling theory and practice and educational research. Choose from electives including strategic marketing, staff development, instructional technology and organizational behavior. These courses, combined with two professional internships in student affairs and academic affairs, give graduates of the LHE program a distinctive set of skills, knowledge and experiences that have made them highly employable and promotable in colleges and universities nationwide.

Program Outline

Review a complete list of courses in the LHE program outline.

Full-Time Students

Students enroll in a learning community, progressing through the program together, building 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.

Internships for Full-Time Students

Students experience professional internships in both student affairs and academic affairs, developing 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 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.

  • Academic advising intern
  • Academic affairs intern
  • Admission interns
    • Working with first-year students
    • Working with transfer and graduate students
  • Adult and continuing education/registration & records intern
  • Alumni and advancement intern
  • CARE/MNM intern (Center for Alcohol Related Issues Information/Midnight Madness)
  • Career services intern
  • Conservatory of Music intern
  • Financial aid intern
  • Honors program intern
  • Jacket Link Bridge intern (academic and diversity affairs)
  • Learning Center and disability services intern
  • Residence life intern
  • School of Business intern
  • School of Education intern
  • Student success intern (first year experience and retention)
  • Service learning and community outreach intern
  • STEM scholars intern
  • Study abroad/international student services intern
  • University relations intern

Internships at Other Colleges/Universities

  • Cuyahoga Community College: Student services & orientation intern

Part-Time Students

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 worked at least one year in their current full-time position in higher education. Part-time students complete career-enhancing internships with the colleges or universities where they are employed. Their current position may be expanded to serve as an internship site, or they may secure an approved internship in another department. The internship must be specifically designated and clearly differentiated from the other work of the position to provide new learning experiences. They must secure approval from their current employer and the LHE program director to complete an internship that would be a significant project 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.

Alumni Success

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. Baldwin Wallace LHE graduate have launched higher education careers in academic affairs and student affairs, across a spectrum of professional career paths.

Ashland University – academic advising
Bowling Green State University – academic and student services
Case Western Reserve University – study abroad, academic resources, disability services
Cleveland Institute of Music – residence life
Columbia University (NY) – housing
College of Wooster – residence life
Delaware State University (DE) – career advising
Earlham College (IN) – Japanese study program
Franklin College (IN) – New student programs
Heidelberg College – alumni engagement
Hiram College – graduate and professional studies
Illinois Institution of Technology (IL) – transfer counseling
Indiana University (IN) – career services
INTO University of South Florida (FL) – orientation/student services
Kent State University – advancement
Kenyon College – residence life
Lorain County Community College – academic advising
Notre Dame College – admissions
Oberlin College – education outreach
Ohio University – career and leadership development, international student advising
Ohio State University – graduate school administration
University of Akron – student services and academic advising
University of Nevada-Reno – fraternity and sorority life
University of Toledo – Health Professionals Living and Learning Community
Ursuline College – nursing program
Washington and Jefferson (PA) – admissions


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. Kenneth 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, 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, 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.

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. Karen Kaye's responsibilities include both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Kaye teaches in the undergraduate program and in the leadership in higher education master's degree program. In the LHE program, Kaye teaches EDU560: History/Philosophy of Higher Education.

Prior to coming to BW in July 2002, Kaye was the assistant dean for student administration and academic support at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. 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, 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.

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. Trina 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, Dobberstein teaches EDU 561: Student and Adult Development in Higher Education Practice and EDU564: Ethical Leadership in Higher Education.

Dobberstein has received awards including the Intercultural Relations Director Award at West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2002 and the Distinguished Service Award for the West Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators (WVASPA) in 2003. 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.

Dobberstein received her bachelor's degree from Luther College and her master's degree from Bradley University before earning a doctorate from Illinois State University in educational administration. Prior to coming to Baldwin Wallace University, 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.