Mickey Fitch-Collins

Mickey Fitch-Collins
Mickey Fitch-Collins
Mickey Fitch-Collins Mickey Fitch-Collins
Executive Director of Student Services
office. Old Main 137B
University of Wisconsin-Superior

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In Mickey's non-university and non-academic time, she loves to spend time with her wife and animals working in the garden, playing outside, working on house renovations, or spending time on Lake Superior. Mickey loves to read and is often into several books at once. Mickey enjoys knitting, cooking, and fishing.

Professional Background

Mickey Fitch-Collins believes 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. Mickey also believes that she was made to help serve and solve with those around her. Mickey's experience thus far in life has been to a calling as a leader in higher education as both a "fixer" and a "builder". Mickey's specific passion areas are also her areas of strength: supervising and motivating teams, finding unique solutions to challenging problems, managing projects with great detail, and serving those around her with delicate care. Mickey loves to teach and learn, and look at each day as a new professional development and learning opportunity. Contrary to most people, Mickey adores change and love rhythm all at the same time. Mickey loves systems and processes but want to make sure that the end result is that she helps the world around us function stronger.

Research Interests

Mickey's research interests have changed through her education and work experience. As an undergraduate, Mickey was particularly interested in sexual assault response programs and protocols. As a master's student, Mickey pursued research around the implications for student affairs professionals when examining campus climate for LGBT students. As a doctoral student, Mickey researched the potential influence that institutions of higher education have on the self-efficacy of non-academic middle managers through institutional supervision and professional development.

Areas of Knowledge

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

Awards & Honors

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

Recent Accomplishments

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

Most recent degrees

2019 - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Education/Leadership in Higher Education - Northcentral University

Dissertation: Understanding the potential influence of supervision and professional development experiences on the self-efficacy of nonacademic middle managers in higher education: A qualitative case study

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