Dr. Wendy G. Troxel was named the inaugural Director of the NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University in May of 2016 and began her position in June. Officially opening in the Fall of 2017, the Center will provide opportunities for research and professional development to a diverse global membership and the academic advising profession. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs (SECSA) she teaches graduate level classes in research methods and supports the scholarly work of students.
Prior to coming to NACADA and KSU, she served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University. Her research interests are in the area of teaching, learning, and advising throughout the critical transitions of higher education, formative assessment techniques in the classroom, the program assessment process, and the challenges and barriers for first generation students. Prior to her faculty appointment she was Director of the University Assessment Office. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), with special emphases in both educational research and education law.