From the Coordinator’s Desk

Our HESA community has so much to celebrate as we reflect on the past year and prepare for a new one. We hope you enjoy the updates packed into this edition of our news. Alumni, please pin our online alumni map and keep us informed of your positions and life changes. We hope to see you at the inaugural HESA Hawkeye Alumni Day at Homecoming!

On Iowa,
Jodi L Linley, PhD
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator

Celebrating Our Graduates and Welcoming Our Newest Students

Welcome to the HESA Alumni Family, Class of 2018

With every passing year, HESA produces graduates who are prepared to make change in higher education and beyond; and this year was no exception. With Dr. Melissa Shivers (Vice President of Student Life) as our emcee, opening remarks from Dr. Daniel Clay (College of Education Dean) and Gabriela Rivera (Assistant Director, Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Success, Tippie College of Business; MA ‘99) as our keynote speaker, we celebrated the HESA Class of 2018 at our annual hooding ceremony.

HESA Class of 2018

HESA Class of 2018

Melissa Shivers at the podium HESA hooding

Dr. Melissa Shivers inspires graduates, faculty, and guests as emcee.


Dean Clay at the podium HESA hooding

Dean Clay congratulating the graduates and their families and support networks.

Alum Gabriela Rivera speaking at HESA 2018 hooding

Alum Gabriela Rivera reflecting on her “lessons learned” as they connect to her graduate education and professional work in higher education.

Welcome to the HESA Family, New PhD and MA Cohorts

On August 14, HESA faculty and returning students welcomed our newest students to the program. We are all so glad you’re here!

Molly, Nick, Shinji, and Carly

Molly, Nick, Shinji, and Carly make up the newest doctoral cohort, aka The Phantastic Four. These students bring myriad higher education administration, student affairs, policy, and research experiences from institutions and agencies including George Mason University, South Dakota Board of Regents, Teacher’s College-Columbia University, and University of Iowa.

Front: Holly, Shelby, Celine, Hannah. Back: Ben, Olivia, Addison, Jackson.

We are excited for these up-and-coming professionals to join the UI scholar-practitioner community. New students are starting internships on campus with the Passport Project, Assessment & Strategic Initiatives, Student-Athlete Academic Support, Academic Support & Retention, Leadership & Service Programs, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Graduate College, and Orientation & First-Year Experience. Members of this cohort hail from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Missouri, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Michigan, and Iowa. Front: Holly, Shelby, Celine, Hannah. Back: Ben, Olivia, Addison, Jackson. Not pictured: Alexandra.

Three PhD graduates completed their degrees this year

Dr. Graham Miller is Associate Director of Institutional Research at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Dr. Miller’s dissertation was titled, "’Tell Me with Whom You Associate, and I Will Tell You Who You Are’: Understanding Organizational Identity through Peer Groups in the Field of Higher Education.” Dr. Graham was hooded by his parents.

Dr. Amanda Mollet joined our HESA faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor, a role in which she will fill teaching and coordination needs in a year-long term. For her dissertation, Dr. Mollet studied, “‘Maybe All These Random Experiences Form a Cohesive Picture’: Towards a Grounded Theory of Asexual College Students' Identity Development.” Dr. Mollet was hooded by her wife and her father.

Dr. Jeremy Williams accepted a 12-month position as a medical planner with the Department of Defense in Stuttgart, Germany.  Though based out of Europe, this position will focus on operational planning and facilitation of healthcare throughout the continent of Africa.  It will involve researching the infrastructures of various countries to assess how the US can successfully assist with providing healthcare treatment and evacuation in remote areas on the continent. The position certainly has a humanitarian aspect, along with specific military duties that will involve solve travel throughout the continent. Dr. Williams says, “This position will help my military career greatly, as this is a high visibility functional area that will involve collaboration with multiple NATO country partners (e.g. Germany, United Kingdom, France), World Health Organization, Non-Governmental Organizations, US Agency for International Development, and the US State Department.” Dr. Williams was hooded by his parents

EdS and MA grads were eager to maintain their momentum and are experiencing a variety of transitions to new roles at new institutions and continuation in roles at their current institutions. Heather Reed completed the EdS degree and continues in her role as Assistant Dean & Director of Advising & Support Center at University of Arkansas - Little Rock, and MA graduates accepted positions at The University of Iowa, West Virginia University, University of Maryland, Plymouth State University, Northeastern University, University of Utah, Iowa State University, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and Nemours Children’s Hospital.

HESA Faculty News

Welcome to the faculty, Dr. Amanda Mollet! Amanda joined the HESA faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She  will teach master’s and doctoral courses, assist with recruitment and admissions, advise GOHESA, and continue her research agenda. Amanda is co-investigator on an exploratory study of LGBQ student veterans since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” funded by the ACPA Foundation. 

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Ogren, Associate Professor, on the publication of a new co-edited book, Rethinking Campus Life: New Perspectives on the History of College Students in the United States.

Faculty Feature

Dr. Cassie Barnhardt was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure by the Iowa Board of Regents in April of 2018 - congratulations Cassie! On the same day she learned about her promotion, she also received confirmation that she has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Kosovo for the spring semester of 2019. While in Kosovo she will be working with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST) – in its higher education section to assist Kosovo in developing its higher education system to support democratic learning outcomes and student achievement.  As a Fulbright grantee her work will extend the existing relationships that the UI College of Education has with the MEST and the University of Prishtina, Kosovo’s flagship research university.  In October of 2017, Cassie traveled with a COE delegation to Kosovo to conduct a needs assessment of the nation’s educational system (preschool through postsecondary). As some of your know, HESA has some specific connections to Kosovo; alumnus Armend Berisha, earned his MA in Higher Education Administration and Policy from 2015-2017. Armend has been a crucial partner in growing the COE’s relationship with Kosovo.  Interestingly, the state of Iowa has a robust sister-state relationship with Kosovo, which includes a Consulate in Des Moines!  This past May, Cassie represented UI as part of Iowa’s Sister States delegation that traveled there, where she worked to collaborate with Iowa’s other postsecondary colleges and universities to assist Kosovo in meeting its educational goals.  In January 2019, Cassie will be traveling with her two children to live in the capital city of Pristina, where they will attend an international school.  Her son, 15, is looking forward to playing basketball with kids from all over Europe, and her daughter (10) is excited to learn Albanian and learn about art in Kosovo.

Dr. Barnhardt with a group of undergraduates at the University of Prishtina (May 2017)

Dr. Barnhardt with a group of undergraduates at the University of Prishtina (May 2017).

Dr. Barnhardt, center, with the Iowa Sister States delegation and members of Parliament from the Republic of Kosovo

Dr. Barnhardt, center, with the Iowa Sister States delegation and members of Parliament from the Republic of Kosovo (May 2017).

UI delegation with the Faculty of Education at the University of Prishtina and HESA MA Alumnus Armend Berisha

The UI delegation with the Faculty of Education at the University of Prishtina and HESA MA Alumnus Armend Berisha (October 2017)

Greetings from GOHESA

The Graduate Organization of Higher Education and Student Affairs (GOHESA) Executive Board is looking forward to an exciting 2018-2019 school year! We believe GOHESA and this year should be all about connections, professional development, and personal growth. We hope to provide opportunities for connections to be both created and continued throughout the HESA community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. On the calendar you will find GOHESA’s traditional events such as First Fridays, Lunch & Learns, Guac Off, and HESAgiving, along with the inaugural Hawkeye Alumni Day in October. The Hawkeye Alumni Day will be a great time for current students to foster connections with the incredible alumni of the HESA community! Please be on the lookout for more information about this new event, which will include involvement opportunities for alumni both near and far. If you are interested in continuing your support of or increasing your involvement with GOHESA, please let us know by sending an email to



Adrienne Maxwell

Name: Adrienne Maxwell 

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Internship: Academic Support & Retention

Position on Board: President

Hope for your time on the board:  Collaborative and meaningful programming that fosters professional and personal growth among all HESA students, faculty, staff, and alumni

GOHESA event most looking forward to: Hawkeye Alumni Day in October 

Alex C. Lange

Name: Alex C. Lange

Pronouns: they/them/their

Assistantship: Graduate Researcher

Position on Board: Vice-President

Hope for my time on the board: Providing opportunities for members to connect with each other and their interests

GOHESA event most looking forward to: HESAgiving

Marcus Powell

Name: Marcus Powell

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Internship: Burge Hall Assistant Coordinator

Position on Board: Secretary

Hope for your time on the board: To increase networking for all in HESA

GOHESA event most looking forward to: Hawkeye Alumni Day

Dusty Persinger

Name: Dusty Persinger

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Internship: Petersen Assistant Hall Coordinator

Position on Board: Treasurer

Hope for my time on the board: To create programming that fosters both camaraderie and developmental opportunities. 

GOHESA event most looking forward to: First Fridays

Aralia Ramirez

Name: Aralia Ramirez 

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Internship: Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

Position on Board: M2 Representative

Hope for your time on the board:  network and build relationships with HESA faculty, students, staff and Alumni 

GOHESA event most looking forward to: Game night! 


M1 Representative: TBA

PhD Representative: TBA