Mickey Fitch

Mickey Fitch
Mickey Fitch
Mickey Fitch Mickey Fitch
Assistant Director, Educational Success Center
office. SWEN 1025C
University of Wisconsin-Superior

Most recent degrees:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Education/Leadership in Higher Education - Northcentral University

2005 - Master of Science (M.S.) - Counseling and Student Personnel: College Student Affairs - Minnesota State University, Mankato – Dissertation/thesis topic: Campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students: Implications for student affairs professionals

2003 - Bachelor of Science (B.S.) – Psychology - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Academic background:

I believe in a few core things: 1) life is too short (drink more coffee!), 2) we are only as good as those around us, and 3) education elevates. I also believe that I was made to help serve and solve with those around me. My experience thus far in life has been to a calling as a leader in higher education as both a "fixer" and a "builder". My specific passion areas are also my areas of strength: supervising and motivating teams, finding unique solutions to challenging problems, managing projects with great detail, and serving those around me with delicate care. I love to teach and learn, and look at each day as a new professional development and learning opportunity. Contrary to most people, I adore change and love rhythm all at the same time. I love systems and processes but want to make sure that the end result is that they help the world around us function stronger.

Research interests:

My research interests have changed through my education and work experience.  As an undergraduate, I was particularly interested in sexual assault response programs and protocols.  As a master's student, I pursued research around the implications for student affairs professionals when examining campus climate for LGBT students.  As a doctoral student, I am narrowing my interests for my dissertation journey which will begin in September 2018.  I am floating between three ideas: 1) examining the link between professional development and retention of early career student affairs professionals, 2) creating supervision mentoring programs for mid-level university managers, and 3) examining the link between well-being practices and efficacy of students with disabilities in higher education.  To be continued!

Non-academic interests:

In my non-university and non-academic time, I love to spend time with my fiancé and animals working in the garden, playing outside, working on house renovations, or spending time on Lake Superior. I love to read and am often into several books at once.  I enjoy knitting, cooking, and fishing!


Notable awards:

2015 - Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, Entrepreneurial Training Program grant ($750)

2015-2016 - Founder, StudentAffairsSleuth.com

2012-present - Founder & Chapter Leader, Douglas County/St. Louis County Alumni Chapter of UW-Stevens Point

2013 - Top Roundtable Program, UMR-ACUHO

2012 - Faculty/Staff Advocate Award, Lavender Graduation, UW-Superior

2012 -Best "On the Business Side" article, UMR-ACUHO

2012 - Curricular/Co-Curricular Grant "Fiber Arts as Healing: A Community Discussion" with Dr. Monica Roth Day (Social Work), Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning ($1000)

2011 - Academic Staff Grant to attend UMR-ACUHO ($1000)

2011 - Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Teaching with Technology, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, UW-Superior grant for classroom Twitter project ($1000)

2011 - Perspectives Magazine, $100 in my name to ACUHO-I for continued service and publication

2011 - Faculty/Staff Advocate Award, Lavender Graduation, UW-Superior

2010 - Top Five Program, UMR-ACUHO

2010 - Research Grant Recipient, UMR-ACUHO

2010 - Selected participant, Mid-Level Professionals Institute (NASPA IV-East)

2010 - Research Grant to study academic resource coordinator program, UMR-ACUHO ($250)

2008 - Outstanding Article by a New Professional, UMR-ACUHO

2007 - Professional & Scientific Grant for academic success retention program ($1000)

2007 - Selected participant, New Professionals Institute (NAPSA IV-East)

2006 -Women's Enrichment Grant for 10"x40" historical mural creation in residence hall ($1400)

2005 -Best "On the Personal Side" article, UMR-ACUHO

2004 -Graduate Student Travel Fund Award to North Central Association of Counselor Education and Supervision conference to present on graduate education ($600)

2004 -Women of Courage & Vision Award, MSU, Mankato

Areas of knowledge:

Higher education administration, student affairs, student services, LGBTQ students, supervision, residence life

Recent accomplishments:

Regular presenter, writer, and contributor to the field.  On the editorial board of several national journals in student affairs.