Higher Education & Student Affairs Careers

Involvement on Campus is the First Step...

Without realizing it, many college students develop skills related to careers in higher education and student affairs. Student involvement in academic and social activities on campus as well as experiences as club leaders, CA/RA/RDs, campus government representatives, orientation leaders, research assistants, or work-study students all foster skills relevant to higher education and student affairs. Please use this page to explore the possibilities of a career in higher education or student affairs and contact any of the alumni or staff listed below if you have questions or the three primary contacts below.

- John Sauter, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences

- Student Affairs / Campus Activities / Office of Multicultural Affairs / Residence Life

Careers in Higher Education

Academic Support
Access
Admissions
Advising
Alumni Affairs
Assessment
Athletics
Career Development
Counseling
Development
Diversity Services
Facilities

Faculty
First Year Programs
Greek Affairs
Grant Writing
Health & Wellness
International Students
Judicial Affairs
Multicultural Affairs
Opportunity Programs
Orientation
Planning & Educational Research
Records/Registration

Research
Residence Life/Housing
Retention
Student Activities
Student Affairs
Student Services
Study Abroad
Student Involvement

NOTE:
Some of these
positions require
specialized degrees

Graduate Programs/Guides

Both ACPA and NASPA provide valuable information about student affairs careers including articles about the field, graduate school preparation and graduate program overviews. On the academic side of the house NACADA is a great resource for anyone interested in academic advising. The CAS Standards provide a set of guidelines and standards for the programs. As you explore the possibilities, be sure to get involved with some activities on campus, check in with Career Development for help with the application process and talk to people on campus who work in fields that interest you.

Explore the Field in SOC 260: Sociology of Higher Education

Niagara University is unique in offering a course exploring higher education at the undergraduate level. Taught by Dr. Sauter, this SS/CD course examines historical, social, cultural, and environmental issues in higher education. Emphasis is given to the changing nature of higher education, technology, social movements, campus cultures, diversity and multicultural issues. Students will critically engage with theory and challenges facing different student and professional populations within higher education.

NU Alumni/Staff

The following Niagara University alumni and staff have volunteered to speak with students about careers in higher education and student affairs. Any additional NU alumni or staff who wish to be added to the list or  update their contact information/positions should contact Dr. Sauter at jps@niagara.edu.

Buffalo State College (Master's)

  •   Amanda (Chapman) Casali -  alcasali@buffalo.edu  - NU Alumni
           Admissions Advisor, University at Buffalo
  •   Antonia Knight -  abk@niagara.edu  - NU Staff
           Executive Director,  Division of Academic Services, Niagara University
  •   Stephanie Morris -  smorris@niagara.edu  - NU Staff
           Assistant Director, Career Services. Education, Niagara University
  •   Mati Ortiz -  mortiz@niagara.edu  - NU Staff
           Director, Campus Activities, Niagara University
  •    Sarah Piraino - sw28@buffalo.edu - NU Alumni
           Senior Counselor, Educational Opportunity Program, University at Buffalo

Canisius College (Master's)

  •   Josh Coyne - jcoyne@sandiego.edu - NU Alumni
            Assistant Director for Associated Students, University of San Diego
  •   Daniel LaRosa - dlarosa@buffalo.edu - NU Alumni
           Admissions Advisor, University at Buffalo
  •    E.J. Gonser - edward.gonser@niagaracc.suny.edu - NU Alumni
           Director of Residence Life, NCCC
  •   Kathryn Marzec -  kam@niagara.edu  - NU Staff
           Advisor, Academic Exploration Program, Niagara University
  •   Bill Newton - wjn@niagara.edu - NU Staff
           Assistant Director, Campus Activities, Niagara University
  •   Nicole Piorkowski - Former NU Staff
           Assistant Director, Involvement Programs, Campus Labs

Kent State University (Master's)

  •   Ashlee Burrs - ashleeburrs@yahoo.com - NU Alumni
           Program Coordinator, Office of Civic Engagement & Diversity, University of Nevada: Las Vegas

Slippery Rock University (Master's)

Springfield College (Master's) -  M.Ed. in Psychology: Student Personnel Admin Concentration

  •   Kristy Cragg - klcrla@rit.edu - NU Alumna
          Community Enrichment Coordinator, Rochester Institute of Tech  

Syracuse University (Master's & Ph.D)

University at Buffalo (Master's & Ph.D.)

  •   Dr. Jennifer Herman  - jennifer.herman@simmons.edu (Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration) - Former NU Staff
           Director of  the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Simmons College
  •   Dr. Teresa Miklitsch -  tam24@buffalo.edu  (Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration) - NU Alum
           Senior Academic Advisor, Engineering/Applied Sciences, University at Buffalo
  •   Dr. John Sauter - jps@niagara.edu (Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration) - NU Staff
           Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Niagara University
           Also M.Ed. University of Vermont (below)
  •  Christopher Sheffield - crs@niagara.edu - (Ph.D. in Progress) - NU Alumnus/Staff
           University Planner, Niagara University
  •   Jessica (Biegaj) Wangelin - jbiegaj@buffalo.edu (M.Ed., Ph.D. in Progress) - NU Alumna
           Community Relations Associate for Programming, University at Buffalo

University of Vermont (Master's)

  •   Dr. John Sauter - jps@niagara.edu (Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration) - NU Staff
           Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Niagara University
           Also  Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, University at Buffalo (above)

College of William & Mary  (Master's & Ph.D.)

Other Programs & Related Experience

  • Stephanie Atti - attis@dyc.edu - NU Alumni
           Work experience through Financial Aid
           Academic Advisor, D'Youville College
  • Dina Martin - djm@niagara.edu - NU Alumni/Staff
           Interdisciplinary Studies: Sociology/Student Affairs Focus
           Assistant Director, Admissions/Transfer Coordinator
  • Bryan Semski - bsemski@niagara.edu - NU Alumni/Staff
          Mental Health Counseling, Niagara University
          Assistant Director, Admissions
  • Michelle Semski - michelle.semski@yahoo.com - NU Alumna
           Interdisciplinary Studies: Student Affairs Focus
           Academic Advisor, Trocaire College