Our People

At its core, the Student Affairs profession is about its people.

Our Students

Corey Bishop

Undergraduate degree: History

Undergraduate institution: Bloomsburg University

I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE INVOLVED IN EDUCATION, I was just never sure to what extent. Teaching was not for me, and it seemed like that was the only way to enter education as a young professional.  I realized that I could work for a college/university and help students better themselves. College Student Affairs grants me the opportunity to work in education with young adults. Bloomsburg has extremely competitive packages for their graduate students. The campus is also closer to home for me. Lastly, coming to Bloomsburg was a very positive experience for me. I was happy to return.

THE MOST IMPACTFUL EXPERIENCE IN MY LIFE is my service with AmeriCorps. It allowed me to re-identify my passion, and provided an opportunity to work with young adults who really needed support. I am also a sports enthusiast and was given an opportunity to coach. Those were some of my favorite times with the students.

IN THE FUTURE, I see myself working in community engagement or career services for a university, but I still do not know exactly what those would entail and have to find out more details. Truly, I am open to many positions in student affairs, as long as I am interacting with students and making their experience more positive.

Esteban Castillo

Undergraduate degree: Psychology Major, Minor in Human Communications

Undergraduate institution: California State University, Monterey Bay

I AM CURRENTLY WORKING as the Leadership Development Ggaduate assistant at the Center for Leadership and Engagement. In this position, I facilitate workshops for the Leadership Certification Program (LCP) such as Self-Assessment, Self-Structure, and Broadening Your Perspectives. I also work with students to create new initiatives on campus like organizing a large community event or helping them become leadership workshop facilitators.

I WAS DRAWN TO THE COLLEGE STUDENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM by how involved and passionate the staff members are with students in the program. The affordability of the program also brought me to the College Student Affair Program, since it's difficult to find a quality education that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

THE COURSEWORK IS HANDS-ON. In every class there is an emphasis on practical application of concepts related to student affairs. Classes are usually small and discussion-based to provide everyone with a space to share their ideas and dive deeper into the text.

IT WAS EVIDENT TO ME VERY QUICKLY that the CSA program had a very tight-knit community. Honestly, I consider my CSA cohort has part of my family. Everyone in my cohort is supportive and open. Most of us have the same courses together yet continue to hang out after class.


Esteban Castillo

Olivia Chandler

Undergraduate degree: Political Science/Pre-law

Undergraduate institution: Bloomsburg University

I AM THE GRADUATE ASSISTANT FOR THE DIVISION OF STRATEGIC ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT. Currently, I am focusing on creating a mentoring program for undergraduate women-of-color and am engaged in a study of these students’ experiences with two other CSA students. I have acquired various skills throughout my GA. I learned how to appropriately prepare and organize research to implement a mentoring program and have improved my writing skills.  Overall, my GA has introduced me to conducting professional research and presenting at professional conferences. GAs are truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for graduate students!

MY GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP EXPERIENCE has been the most impactful of my experiences thus far in the CSA program. As a minority student, I felt compelled once the opportunity appeared, to educate, change, and help undergraduate women-of-color. I am excited to be a part of something that will change the institutional culture and emphasize the importance of diversity at Bloomsburg University.

THE PROFESSORS HAVE A SPECIAL CONNECTION AND ARE INVESTED IN EACH STUDENT IN THE COHORT. The courses emphasize group work and are mostly discussion-based. The classroom is intimate (small class size) which allows students to gain and apply the knowledge they have learned. The curriculum provides you with a clear understanding of the foundations of College Student Affairs and prepares you to become well-rounded student affairs educator.

MY PASSION is to work at a predominately white institution to continue to help underrepresented students transition into the college experience and achieve academic success. I absolutely feel prepared through the learned practical skills from coursework and my graduate assistantship.


Olivia Chandler

Ashly Perez

Undergraduate degree:  Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Counseling)

Undergraduate institution: Pennsylvania State University

FOR THREE YEARS, I HAVE BEEN WORKING as an admissions and academic advisor for Lackawanna College in Hazleton. Within this position, I have been able to push myself to think outside the box, while remaining attentive to the essential needs of my students. When I was 9 years old my mother asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and without hesitation I answered “I want to be a psychologist.” Therefore, I worked on being as involved and acclimated as possible in order to become a psychologist one day. It wasn’t until 2016, that I felt I could no longer carry the weight accumulated throughout my years in the field of Mental Health. Thankfully, I received a call from my current supervisor, who was my supervisor when I was student worker and Student Government Association treasurer while an undergraduate. She offered me the opportunity to hop on the student affairs wagon and I gladly took it. Since then, it has been an exceptional journey filled with growth and development for me as a person and as a professional.

MY DREAM AND DESIRE has always been to be a good example to all of those around me in order to best guide them and possibly open up doors for them. As years passed by, my current position at Lackawanna taught me many things, while at the same time made me curious in terms of wanting to learn more. My supervisor, who is a CSA alumna from Bloomsburg University, pointed out the CSA program to me, while mentioning the benefits that it brought to her work. I became eager to learn more about the program and the opportunities offered by it. As a result, here I am, working towards the achievement of my degree, while remaining open to the new things that are yet to be learned about the CSA field.

THIS PROGRAM HAS TAUGHT ME AND IMPACTED ME IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, but I recently had the privilege of taking the course International Perspective in CSA, which took place in Ireland. I can say that everything I learned gave me a new experience and helped shape my mindset in what to bring to bring to the table while in the CSA field. Some of the things that impacted me the most were the cultural changes, the administrative and organizational skills needed to lead a group of students studying abroad, and  the importance and rewards of professional networking while projecting my vision and ideas, I completed the course and study abroad experience deeply recognizing that hat every community and student population is different, therefore as CSA professionals we must be willing to open up and reach out to the students as needed.

Ashly Perez

The Faculty

The faculty of the College Student Affairs program is central to your experience as a student. In addition to standard teaching, scholarship, and service responsibilities, the CSA faculty engage with students as academic advisors, mentors, and scholars. Their engagement within the Student Affairs profession is apparent via involvement in professional associations, as presenters at conferences, collaborations with student affairs practitioners, and as student organization advisors. All three of the core faculty associated with the CSA program have earned doctoral degrees and considerable years of professional practice.

Denise L. Davidson, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
McCormick Center 1136

Mindy Andino, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
McCormick Center 1118

Kristin Austin, Ed.D.
McCormick Center 1120

Mark Bauman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
McCormick Center 1119

Faculty Bios

Denise L. Davidson, Professional Experience and Interests

Denise L. Davidson
As a teacher of graduate students, my objective is to promote mastery of content and to help students bridge the gap between concepts and practical application. Ultimately, I want students to be prepared to apply critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills to practical and theoretical material when they complete their master’s program and begin their professional careers.

My career in student affairs and higher education includes work in public and private institutions of various sizes in five different states. I have worked in several different areas of student affairs including residence life, student conduct, academic advising, student financial aid, fraternity and sorority affairs, and student activities. In addition, I’ve taught courses at several different institutions at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Early job departure and job satisfaction of student affairs professionals, for-profit higher education (particularly student affairs), and issues surrounding housing and residence life are recent focal points for my scholarship efforts.

In additional to my professional experience, I am an active member of ACPA: College Student Educators-International and have presented at numerous conferences including ACPA, NASPA, NASPA Region 2, PCPA, MACUHO, and ACUHO-I. I serve as an associate editor of The Journal of College and University Student Housing and as a reviewer for the Journal of Leadership Education and Syllabus Journal.

• B.A., Biology, Clark University
• M.S., College Student Personnel Services, Miami University (Ohio)
• Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Bowling Green State University

Dissertation: National Job Satisfaction of Entry- and Mid-level Student Affairs Administrators

Mindy Suzanne Andino, Professional Experience and Interests

Mindy Suzanne Andino
Dr. Mindy Andino earned her Ed.D. at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In 2013, Dr. Andino completed a year-long Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellowship at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and then assumed a tenure-track teaching position in the College Student Affairs program. Prior to teaching, Dr. Andino was employed in various positions in Student Affairs departments, with a specialty in residence life, crisis management, athletic academic advising, disability support services, advising clubs and organizations, student activities and judicial affairs. Her 15 year career spanning a large research one public land-grant institution, a mid-size state university, an Ivy League university, and a private liberal arts university provide her with a unique lens and collection of diverse experiences from which to draw.

Andino strives to prepare students for a career in college student affairs by challenging students to think critically, enhance their skills, and go outside their comfort zone to experience different aspects of the student affairs profession.

Her research interests include community organization in the higher education setting, drunkorexia and alcohol use and multicultural competency in student affairs practitioners.

She is an active member of PCPA: Pennsylvania College Student Educators-International currently serving as President. In addition, Andino is active in the Rutgers Club of Central PA serving as the President.

• BA – Communications (Rutgers Cook College)
• Universidad de Salamanca, Espana – Study Abroad
• Ed.M. – Administration and Supervision of Education (Rutgers University Graduate School of Education)
• Ed.D – Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (Rutgers University Graduate School of Education)

Dissertation: The Influence of a Community Organizing Project on Resident Assistants: Understanding of Leadership, Gender Inequalities, and Long Term Career Development

Kristin Austin, Professional Experience and Interests

Kristin Austin

After starting my educational journey as a bridge program student, I proudly earned my bachelor’s degree in social work from Bloomsburg University three short years later! As an actively engaged undergraduate student, I was bitten by the student affairs bug! The perfect cure was earning a Master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in college student affairs, which I completed in 2006. The culmination of these experiences led to a 15-year student affairs journey- including domestic and international universities- in positions focusing on educational access, new student orientation, and student leadership development.

Most recently, I spent the past nine years at Bloomsburg University welcoming and transitioning each new class of first year students and families in my role as Coordinator for New Student Orientation and Assistant Director in the Center for Leadership and Engagement. Effective fall of 2017, I transitioned to the role of Frederick Douglass Fellow in the Department of Teaching and Learning also at Bloomsburg University. Here, I mutually teach and learn as a faculty member in the Educational Leadership graduate program.

In 2018, I earned my Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Immaculata University in Malvern, PA. My dissertation was titled “Parents and Partners, not Pesters, in New Student Adjustment.” My research was a phenomenological study exploring parents of first-year students as a high-impact source of support and retention through the mobilization of a social media-based support group.

On a personal note, I am the proud partner to a fellow higher education professional, and three small people call me “mommy.” My hobbies include long, romantic walks alone through the aisles of Target. Finally, my motto is: “Always ask. Always try. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be “no.”


  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Bloomsburg University of PA
  • Master of Arts in College Student Affairs, Edinboro University of PA
  • Ed.D. in, Higher Education Administration, Immaculata University

Our Alumni
Graduates of the CSA program have secured positions across the US, literally from coast to coast. Their roles represent a range of functional areas, from academic advising and coaching, to residence life and career services, and admissions and international student advising.

Take a look at where CSA alumni have secured employment!

Mark Bauman, Professional Experience and Interests

Mark Bauman
I’ve worked professionally in student affairs for approximately 14 years – mostly in the areas of residence life and judicial affairs. I moved to a faculty role in the summer of 2008 and became program coordinator around 2012. More recently, and in coordination with my faculty role, I coordinated the Living and Learning programs (three years) and the Sophomore Success program (one year). My goal as a teacher is to balance the theoretical/philosophical/empirical underpinnings of student affairs with real-time, real-world scenarios. In that student affairs and higher education is constantly evolving, opportunities for such application are limitless.

• BA – Sociology (Bloomsburg University)
• MA – Psychology (Marywood University)
• MS – Instructional Technology (Bloomsburg University)
• PhD – Higher Education Administration (Pennsylvania State University)