Doctoral Program Ask Me Anything
Recorded On: 02/23/2021
This AMA (Ask Me Anything) session will feature NIRSA professionals who are currently in or have completed doctoral (EdD or PhD) programs. The panel will share their firsthand experiences with doctoral programs, including topics such as selecting and applying to programs, funding, balancing priorities while in a program (e.g., work, family, health), selecting committees and research topics, and writing a dissertation. This session will provide attendees with valuable information, resources, and networking connections for support in doctoral pursuits.
Associate Director for Competitive Sports & Tennis Programs
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Dexter is an Associate Director of Programs for the Department of Campus Recreation at Penn State University - University Park campus. The units that report to his position are Competitive Sports and Tennis Programs. In addition to Penn State, he has served as a collegiate recreation professional at the University of North Alabama and The Ohio State University during his career. Overall, he has more than 10 years of professional experience within the field of Collegiate Recreation.
Dexter is active as a professional member of NIRSA. Currently, he is in his first year of a two year term as the Chairperson of the Basketball Work Team within the NIRSA Championship Series. Other experiences include multiple years of service as the Co-Director of the NIRSA National Basketball Championships as well as a member of the planning committee for the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference (ERSLC). In addition, he enjoys volunteering and presenting during professional development events at the local, regional, and national levels of the association.
Finally, Dexter is a Doctor of Education (EdD) student at Ohio State, studying Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA). He and his family are excited to be near the end of his 4th and final year of the program.
Master of Arts in Communication Arts: Corporate Communication - Austin Peay State University
Master of Science in Health & Human Performance: Sport & Wellness Leadership - Austin Peay State University
Bachelor of Applied Arts in Sport Studies - Central Michigan University
Dr. Heather Sanderson is an Assistant Professor, Nutrition, Health and Human Performance and Director, Lowery Fitness Center at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Like many, she began in the field of collegiate recreation as an intramural sports official and group fitness instructor at the University of Arkansas where she obtained her bachelor degree in kinesiology. Thereafter, she was the Graduate Assistant of Fitness at The University of West Florida in which she a recipient of the 2012 UWF Outstanding Alumni Award. Her first professional position was at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the Assistant Director, Fitness. She completed her doctorate of education in kinesiology from UNCG in 2008.
After a decade at UNCG, she made the move an hour away to North Carolina State University as an Associate Director, Wellness and Recreation in which she oversaw finance and fundraising, facility operations, marketing and communication, member services, outdoor adventures, student development and research and assessment. Her passion for research and teaching on physical activity, wellness and college student success flourished in which she made the leap to faculty at Meredith College to focus her attention on the advancement of collegiate recreation research. She has served on NIRSA’s Health and Wellbeing commission, NIRSA’s Research and Assessment committee, NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation faculty and the Recreational Sports Journal Editorial Board.
Assistant Director for Operations
University of California-Santa Barbara
I am currently the Assistant Director for Recreation Operations at the University of California, Santa Barbara where my job functions include overseeing 110+ part-time and full-time student and professional employees, managing 18 recreation facilities/spaces, and provide supervision for all membership and U.S. passport services. I have been in this role for three years and prior to working at UCSB, I worked at the University of California, Berkeley, and UCLA.
When I am not working on our beautiful campus or diving into research I can be found teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As a jiu-jitsu practitioner for over 10 years and a black belt in the art I am fortunate to be able to surround myself with sports and wellness activities.
Sports Administration, B.S., Lock Haven University
Sports Management, M.S., East Stroudsburg University
Educational Leadership w/ Concentration in Athletic Administration, Ed.D., Drexel University
Wendy Windsor, EdD, CRSS
NIRSA President Elect; Director, Campus Recreation
I am currently the Director of Campus Recreation at Tulane University where I provide leadership and oversight to all aspects of our recreations and wellness programs. Prior to Tulane, I held positions at UCLA, LSU, MTSU, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Being a former athlete, my passion is sports as I am a huge supporter of women's intercollegiate athletics.
I enjoy all sorts of recreation activities including golf and hiking. I am also a passionate Samples baseball fan!
Psychology, B.A., Clemson University
Health & Human Performance, M.Ed Auburn University
Sport Management, Ed.D, United States Sports Academy