Curriculum Vitae


  • 10+ years of Higher Education Experience
  • Cross-Divisional Expertise
  • Public Relations
  • Program Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strong Oral & Written Communication Skills


Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership, Higher Education Concentration | Expected May 2016
California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Legal Studies (dual majors) | May 2006
Certificates: Criminal Justice and Integrated Liberal Studies
University of Wisconsin—Madison, Madison, Wisconsin


Vice President for Student Affairs office—California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California
Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs | April 2014-Present

  • Coordinate and execute special projects on behalf of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA)
  • Provide general support and direction for Division of Student Affairs (DSA) initiatives, which develop and enhance university co-curricular programs and services
  • Serve on the DSA Executive Council and Extended Executive Council
  • Provide guidance, counsel, and support to the VPSA as well as area heads within the DSA
  • Assist students, parents, and campus community members with concerns or issues relating to DSA staff or programs
  • Prepare reports with recommended courses of action, in-depth analytical review, and investigative research
  • Participate in long-range planning for DSA budget, space allocation, and strategic operations
  • Co-established the NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUFP) on the Channel Islands Campus (Fall 2014); provide routine oversight of the development and programmatic operations; serve as a mentor for NUFP Fellows
  • Oversaw the creation of Parent & Family Program (PFP); collaborating closely with New Student Orientation & Transition Programs staff and other PFP in the California State University System
  • Supervise four student assistants including recruitment, hiring, training, etc.
  • Provide daily direction to two professional staff members including mentorship, instruction, and evaluation
  • Coordinate staff recognition programs including celebrations, documenting and highlighting staff/Division accomplishments (e.g., Awards, Celebration of Excellence, and Poster Presentations)
  • Compose letters, memorandum, and reports on behalf of the VPSA

Vice President for Student Affairs office—California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs | December 2012-April 2014    

  • Provided executive level staffing for the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Executive Council and Extended Executive Council
  • Assisted the California Student Aid Commission and the VPSA in his role as Commissioner
  • Assisted with DSA training and development, as well as provide staffing for Executive Council retreats, meetings, and trainings
  • Coordinated efforts for various systemwide and local committees, including the Student Affairs Council and Student Advisory Board on University Life
  • Served as DSA representative on the CSU Channel Islands’ selection committee for the Panetta Congressional Internship
  • Coordinated with other areas on campus regarding student deaths and awarding of Posthumous degrees to ensure appropriate University response
  • Served on various personnel search and screen committees for positions within and outside the DSA

Academic Senate—University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Policy Analyst | December 2011-December 2012    

Academic Senate—University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Administrative Specialist | January 2009-November 2011 

  • Provided administrative support for the Academic Senate Chair, Vice Chair, Immediate Past-Chair, and CAO
  • Offered analytical support to the Academic Senate Executive Board, Legislative Assembly, Council of Faculty Chairs & Senate Committee Chairs, Committee on Development, Divisional Academic Assembly, and Senate Elections process
  • Served as lead representative for the Academic Senate in the AtmySenate development project; designing the transfer of the work of the UCLA Academic Senate to a digital format
  • Produced reports related to faculty data for elections, committee composition, and grant eligibility
  • Responsible for departmental payroll, Budget Reconciliation, Staffing Reports, and maintaining web Pages
  • Served as Department Security Administrator, Directory Liaison, Inventory Manager, and Parking Coordinator
  • Composed meeting minutes and committee correspondences
  • Supervised professional staff and work study students within the office
  • Tracked and processed Endowed Chair Proposals and Senate Items for Review through internal and external channels
  • Provided support for the Council on Academic Personnel; dossier tracking and coordination review
  • Executed the Academic Senate Office refurbishing project; coordinated the renovation of thirteen office spaces and two conference rooms

Academic Senate—University of California Los Angeles
, Los Angeles, California
Interim Policy Analyst | January 2010-December 2010

Academic Senate—University of California Los Angeles
, Los Angeles, California
Administrative Assistant III | September 2007-January 2009

  • Provided support for the Academic Senate Assistant CAO, Senior Administrative Analyst, and Administrative Analyst
  • Assisted with the Program Review process by scheduling meetings, preparing materials for Review Teams, composing necessary external and internal documents, and coordinating the visit of the external consultants
  • Maintained oversight and staffing for the Academic Senate Awards Programs
  • Responsible for composition and tracking of In Memoriam statements written for Senate Faculty; developed the current database used to monitor this process
  • Contributed to the organization and success of various Academic Senate sponsored events, such as: The Fair & Open Academic Environment Award Dinner, the Retirement Planning WorkshopThe Night to Honor Teaching, and the biannual Faculty Research Lectures

Department of Family Medicine—University of WisconsinMadison
, Madison, Wisconsin
Administrative Student Assistant | August 2003-July 2006

  • Assisted in the coordination of seminars and conferences for medical personnel
  • Created databases and completed data entry for various research studies
  • Managed confidential and sensitive documents, including:  publications, research surveys, and medical data


Committee Service:

 Training Presentations & Facilitation:


  • Traditionally Underrepresented Populations (Fieldwork Experience)
  • Higher Education Application Motivators (Thesis Topic)
  • Program Development, Planning, & Assessment (Professional Experience)


Ayer, D. R., Miller, J., Sawyer, R. G., & Sawyer, W. G. (2014). Fire Sparks Quick Response at California State University Channel Islands. Leadership Exchange. 11 (4), 22-23.


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