Mickey Fitch-Collins

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

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Most recent degrees:

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

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:

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 they were made to help serve and solve with those around them. 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 their areas of strength: supervising and motivating teams, finding unique solutions to challenging problems, managing projects with great detail, and serving those around them 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 they help the world around us function stronger.

Research interests:

Mickey's research interests have changed through their 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 is narrowing my interests for my dissertation journey which will begin in September 2018. Mickey is 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 Mickey's non-university and non-academic time, they love to spend time with their fiancé and animals working in the garden, playing outside, working on house renovations, or spending time on Lake Superior. Mickey loves to read and am often into several books at once. Mickey enjoys 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.