Madonna University’s Higher Education Administration Program (HEA) prepares students to make a difference in the educational experience and personal development of diverse student populations. HEA’s convenient, part time, online or on ground program expands critical thinking, leadership, and management skills needed for successful careers across different functional areas in colleges and universities.
Advancing foundational understanding, analysis, application, and evaluation of key concepts, principles, and critical issues in the field, HEA integrates theory with real-world, culturally relevant, and evidence-based practices to position its students to proactively address complex issues in higher education and society.
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The HEA program is designed for busy, working professionals. We offer a number of instructional formats to address multiple student needs and learning styles, from in-person on-campus classes, to synchronous (real-time sessions at predetermined dates) and asynchronous (logging in when convenient for you) instruction, to blended learning mixing multiple formats.
Taking 2 classes per semester (Fall, Winter, Summer), students complete the 12 course program in 2 years.
HEA courses address functional areas in higher education including academic affairs, business administration, civic engagement, compliance and judicial affairs, enrollment management, learning innovation, nondiscrimination and diversity, research and scholarship, service learning, and student life.
HEA students participate in two experiential learning opportunities that enable students to apply the concepts they learn in class to real-world higher education issues and settlings, as well as develop professional experience in a new setting within higher education.
Incorporating Madonna University’s foundational values of respect for the dignity of each person, peace and justice, reverence for creation, and education for truth and justice, HEA integrates social justice frameworks, service to the broader community, and reflective practice to ensure excellence in self and other.
Janice Centers serves as the Director of Matriculation for Madonna University's College of Education. Janice began her career as an elementary school teacher and transitioned her passion for student success into the higher education environment. Janice was promoted to a director level position upon completing her HEA degree. Janice values the HEA program’s focus on working professionals, the support and dedication of its faculty, and the high impact practices she experienced, such as the study abroad practicum.
Stephanie Martiny works as an advisor, recruiter, and site coordinator for the University of Michigan. After completing her HEA degree, Stephanie received a raise and promotion. Earning a HEA degree has also enabled her to teach as an adjunct professor. Stephanie values HEA’s small class sizes, quality instructors working in the field, and course scheduling consistency.
Since graduating from HEA, Stephanie reports increased career satisfaction and respect, having greater input into significant institutional decisions.
Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
J.D., University of Windsor
B.S.W., McGill University
734-432-5736, Room 2228D
Dr. Lara Badke is the Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor in Higher Education Administration. Lara brings over a dozen years of expertise in the field of higher education employing organizational and social justice frameworks to lead transformational change initiatives in institutional culture, leadership development, and policy reform, especially as they relate to issues of educational access, equity, and inclusion.
Dr. Badke has been recognized as a Teaching Fellow through the University of Michigan and Law and Governance Fellow through the University of Houston. Dr. Badke earned both her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, Management, and Leadership of Higher Education from the University of Michigan. She also has a legal background and practiced law for several years before entering the field of higher education. Lara holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor and a degree in Social Work from McGill University.
Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A.T., Madonna University
B.A., Madonna University
734-432-5867, Room 1113
Dr. Chris Benson brings more than sixteen years of higher education experience in student affairs, retention, and academic affairs. Dr. Benson currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Madonna University. She has oversight of student conduct, career development, student life, residence life, counseling and disability resources, and transitions services. Dr. Benson serves as an institutional representative for the American Council on Education Women's Network, MIchigan (MI-ACE) and the regional representative for the Michigan division of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA-MI).
Dr. Benson also has served as Title IX Coordinator and Graduate Program Director for the Higher Education Administration master’s program, which she co-created. Chris earned her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. She earned a master’s in teaching and learning from Madonna University.
J.D., Western Michigan University
M.P.A., Eastern Michigan University
B.S., Eastern Michigan University
734-432-5829, Room 1113
Cliff Camp brings nearly a decade of experience working with various regulatory compliance requirements; policy drafting, development, and implementation; training; and assessment in a higher education setting. Cliff teaches HEA’s Law and Policy course, EDU 6340, in which he ensures students have the opportunity to apply the concepts they learn in the course through practical exercises such as conducting a policy gap analysis, drafting a policy, and creating a compliance training presentation for a higher education institution.
These experiences provide students with a tangible deliverable to share with current or future employers demonstrating their ability to navigate the complex legal and regulatory environment within higher education.
Cliff received his B.S. and M.P.A. degrees from Eastern Michigan University and his J.D. degree from Western Michigan University – Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Public Administration at Western Michigan University.
Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A., Michigan State University
B.A., Michigan State University
734-432-5881, Room 1113
Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz serves as Vice President for Student Affairs & Mission Integration at Madonna University and teaches in the Higher Education Administration program preparing graduate students for future administrative careers in colleges and universities. A national Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI) Fellow and National OCA Pioneer Community Educator Awardee, her career has been dedicated to educating and developing people in organizations for over two decades.
Passionate about developing community leaders, Dr. Connie (as she is affectionately known by students) has developed curriculum for a national college leadership program, currently serves as a Board Member of the Michigan American Council on Education Women’s Network, and, as one of the founding members of the Midwest Asian American Student Union, MSU’s Philippine American Student Society (PASS), and the Council of Racial Ethnic Students (CORES), has orchestrated community partnerships across numerous college student organizations locally, regionally, and nationally.
Dr. Connie earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Michigan State University.
Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.Ed., University of Sheffield, U.K.
B.Ed., Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln (University of Nottingham, U.K.)
734-432-5645, Room 2230H
Stewart Wood is the Associate Dean for University Assessment, Professor of Education, and Chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee. Stewart joined the full-time faculty at Madonna University in 1994. He teaches Educational Research and Practice in the HEA program, drawing on his expertise in teaching and learning theory, educational psychology, lifelong learning, achievement motivation, and assessment.
Dr. Wood is an active member of the American Educational Research Association and serves as a reviewer for the Lilly Conferences on College Teaching. Dr. Wood has served on numerous advisory boards and published articles in Phi Delta Kappan and the Journal of Early Adolescence. Stewart earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan and M.Ed. from the University of Sheffield, U.K.