Geneva College



Winter Institute Information


Winter Institute 2015 - January 5-9, 2015

This concentrated format of the Master of Arts in Higher Education program provides a unique learning setting where students take one elective course.

Winter Institute Courses

  • Foundations of Counseling and Advising - Dr. Erik Wessel
  • Foundations of Counseling and Advising is designed to provide a working knowledge of the theories, concepts and competencies necessary for anyone interested in pursuing a career in higher education. In keeping with a scholar/practitioner focus, this course will provide theoretical underpinnings and practical tools associated with counseling, advising and mentoring college students; including, professional association guidance and standards, developing communities of care, emergency and crisis response, legal and ethical concerns, counseling diverse populations, counseling for life-calling, and advising learners in the college environment. These theoretical foundations and practical tools will provide the basis for developing well-reasoned responses to real-world case examples throughout the course.

  • Gender and Higher Education - Dr. Jolyn Dahlvig
  • Gender and Higher Education will examine higher education research to explore how college environments shape men, women, and transgender students; attention will also be given to the experiences of campus leaders. Higher education (faith-based, public, and private) initiatives and programs to address disparities will be reviewed as well as practical steps practitioners can implement within their daily work.

  • Leadership and Change - Dr. Stephanie Santarosa
  • Leadership and Change will explore the various factors influencing change in contemporary American colleges and universities. Students will explore the way that change theory and models of leadership provide a framework, enabling leaders and administrators to navigate the milieu of the academy in regards to all aspects of the institution and institutional life with care. Further, the class will discuss leading within the realm of the co-curricular with special attention to student affairs and consider the ramification of the course material from a Christian perspective.

Institute Details

Dates: January 5-9, 2015

Location: Oglebay Resort, Wheeling.  West Virginia

Cost:  Shared room $165; Private room $330


For more information, call 724.847.6510 or email